Business groups endorse Biggert for health care, regulation opposition
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2012 12:20PM
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:32AM
AURORA —In the race for the 11th Congressional District, Republican Rep. Judy Biggert gained endorsements Friday from a pair of business organizations.
Representatives from the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce both announced their organizations’ endorsements at a press conference at Alarm Detection Systems in Aurora.
“She has been a strong advocate and friend of small businesses in Illinois and has continually fought for our rights,” said NFIB Illinois State Director Kim Clarke Maisch. “We have an economy that’s not improving. We have small business owners that are being asked to hire and are scared to death to do so because of the types of policies coming from this administration.”
Both organizations said they were swayed by Biggert’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and her efforts at deregulating businesses.
“Congresswoman Judy Biggert is the only candidate who understands the challenges facing businesses, and she has a record in Congress to prove it,” said Andrew Proctor, Illinois Chamber of Commerce director of advocacy. “She voted against the health care law, she voted for tax cuts to small businesses, and she voted against regulations and red tape.”
Biggert said she was “honored” to receive the organizations’ support.
“Right now, we are at a crossroads, and it is so important that we protect our small businesses,” Biggert said.
She said uncertainty facing the country because of the impending fiscal cliff — across-the-board budget cuts and tax increases designed to reduce the federal deficit — that is slated to take effect in January is slowing business growth.
Biggert faces Democrat Bill Foster of Naperville in the Nov. 6 election. Foster previously served as the congressman for the 14th Congressional District.