NFIB Key Votes
Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB was created to give small and independent business a voice in shaping the public-policy issues that affect their businesses.
NFIB members determine NFIB policy. They vote on public policy positions through a unique ballot process, and the majority sets the official NFIB position. Each NFIB member gets one vote. Member ballots are also supplemented with survey research polls conducted by the NFIB Research Foundation. Therefore, our positions advance the consensus of the small business community rather than the narrow interests of any particular trade group.
Once ballots are tallied, our lobbyists carry the message to Congress, backed by the clout of a powerful network of hundreds of thousands of small business owners.
“…The NFIB policy position differs significantly from other business groups because, unlike other organizations, the Federation surveys its members and then lobbies based on the results of the survey.” - Zogby International, 2010
Throughout a congressional session, we will monitor and designate Key Votes on legislation that affects small business. We inform lawmakers that their votes are being monitored and will be reported back to the NFIB membership.
Lawmakers who vote with small business on these Key Votes 70 percent or more of the time earn NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award, demonstrating their commitment to protecting free enterprise.
Click below to view a compilation of the *113th or 112th Congress Key Votes (U.S. Senate and House of Representatives). Please check back often as new Key Votes are updated regularly.
On average NFIB will designate about a dozen Key Votes throughout a two-year congressional session.
*It’s important to note that these are unofficial voting records. Voting records do not become final until the end of a congressional session when all key votes are recorded and averaged to produce a lawmaker’s final score percentage.