The American Small Business League (ASBL) is predicting that the Obama administration will try and use the Momentum from the “fiscal cliff” debate to justify plans to dismantle the Small Business Administration (SBA).
In a press release, the group pointed toward plans the president recently announced where he mentions plans to combine the SBA with the Department of Commerce. The administration claims this will save $3 billion over the next 10 years. The ASBL pointed out that this amount of savings is paltry compared to the $7 billion increase in foreign aid that President Obama has proposed for 2013, which would be enough to run the SBA for nearly a decade.
The ASBL predicts that if the SBA is rolled into the Department of Commerce, within a matter of five years, the SBA’s programs will essentially be eliminated and the staff slowly phased out.
“This is an old Washington trick,” said ASBL President Lloyd Chapman. “Everybody in Washington knows that combining the SBA with the Department of Commerce is just a scam to direct 100 percent of federal contract dollars to large corporations. This is the last thing we need to do in the middle of the worst economic downturn in 80 years.”
Small businesses are responsible for half of the private sector workforce, more than half of the GDP, and more than 90 percent of all U.S. exporters are small businesses. The ASML believes large federal contractors from the defense and aerospace industry want the SBA closed, to avoid fines from hijacking contracting dollars from small businesses.
The ASBL also said eliminating federal programs for small businesses would be “economic suicide.”