Scott Brown’s victory over Martha Coakley for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat gives the power of the filibuster back to Republicans. While Democrats still hold the majority of seats, they no longer claim the supermajority. That means that voices on both sides of the aisle will now be heard.
Many consider Coakley’s defeat to be a referendum on a health care plan that polls show a majority of Americans no longer favor. Many small business owners I’ve heard from agree with that sentiment and welcome the possibility of starting over with a new bill that actually achieves cost reduction and eliminates mandates.
Brown’s arrival in DC has broader implications than the health care bill though. His victory will likely have an impact on the entire labor and employment law agenda of the Obama administration. Among the legislation that could also be in trouble are the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), immigration overhaul, and tax proposals.
We’ll keep you updated on any changes to legislation affecting your business through the Legislative Update section of www.iThinkBigger.com. Here’s hoping that Brown’s victory ensures some level of bipartisan support that small business owners and all Americans will benefit from.