Allen West and @Next_GenTV Discuss Middle East politics, the Daytona 500 and more


Col. Allen West, John Phillips and Michelle Fields discuss the Oscars, Middle East politics, the Daytona 500 and more on this Next Generation. What impact will the payroll tax increase have on American families? How will penalties under Obamacare impact small business hiring? Find out.


The Burden of Tax Hikes on Families and Small Businesses. Plus, A Third Intifada & Danica at Daytona

WATCH: Rep Allen West “My opponent Patrick Murphy and I have very different plans for the country”


My opponent Patrick Murphy and I have very different plans for the country.

Murphy’s plan includes the largest tax increase in history for the Middle Class, $716 billion in cuts to Medicare, and job-crushing regulations and taxes on small business.

We’re 12 days out from the election and we need to make sure every voter is familiar with Patrick Murphy’s dangerous policies.

Take a moment to watch our new ad “Murphy’s Plan. Help us finish our media campaign strong and counter the attacks from left-wing groups. Click here to make a contribution of $35 or more today. 

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen West

The So-Called “Champion of Small Business” Murphy a No Show Today in Palm Beach COC Forum

Stuart, FL – Today Allen West for Congress campaign manager Tim Edson offered the following statement regarding Patrick Murphy ducking the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce Business “Before Hours” Candidate Forum:

“It’s quite astonishing that Patrick Murphy, who claims to be a small business owner and job creator, would insult an organization of real business people at the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce by first attacking them for offering to hold a debate and then not even bothering to show up today for today’s candidate forum. What’s he afraid of?  Clearly, he’s petrified of facing the business community and having to defend his support of the Democrats’ job-killing tax and regulatory policies.

In contrast, Congressman West’s remarks were warmly received by the attendees, who appreciated his direct, honest assessment of the negative impact of the Obama administration’s policies on the local economy, and how best to set the conditions for economic success.

Patrick Murphy may try to hide his lack of knowledge and ideas behind racist and false attack ads, but running from debates and public forums only demonstrates to voters his true lack of courage and substance.”

Rep. Allen West OP-ED for Politico “Still time to save small businesses”

By REP. ALLEN WEST | 9/20/12 6:08 AM EDT

Our nation has a defining choice to make, and time is short. The Pentagon is bracing for devastating cuts through sequestration. For the sake of national security, jobs and the next generation, we must stop this in its tracks. There is still time to fix it — if we show leadership and make tough choices.

The House has presented alternative plans to replace sequestration with thoughtful spending cuts. President Barack Obama has already missed his deadline, and failed to offer Congress even the most meager outline to prevent these cuts. This deep bite could have far-reaching consequences to military planning and the struggling economy.

The House Small Business Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday to examine how these cuts will affect many small firms. The threatened haphazard slashing of programs already has contractors scrambling, with more jobs at risk. Economic progress is still far too weak and our nation’s security too important to sustain new job losses in military manufacturing, supply, research, development, testing and more.

Small businesses need a measure of certainty to survive and create the jobs our economy needs. “Small companies like mine,” Perry Casto of Allied Associates International, already told the committee, “however, do not have the fiscal resources to stay in business while the government sorts out the issues surrounding sequestration.”

The damage will likely be exacerbated because of the sequester’s arbitrary design. Cuts are not based on logic or military tactics. What calls for a scalpel will instead be subject to a cleaver, smiting even the most essential programs.

Americans unapologetically value a strong defense. Our nation exists because some had the courage to take up arms and defend their homes and their neighbors. History, along with events around the globe, justifies the need for a powerful force to ensure peace and prosperity. Americans will be rightly incensed as they learn more about this so-called “plan” to gut the military.


Rep. Allen West Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

West Receives Perfect Score from National Federation of Independent Businesses

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) received the coveted National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award Thursday.

The award is presented to Members of Congress who NFIB considers “champions” of small business owners. West received a perfect score of ‘100’ for his votes on 13 key NFIB supported pieces of legislation concerning issues from healthcare, energy and Federal Government regulations.

“Our small businesses are at the heart of keeping this economy going and I am proud to receive this award,” West said. “As I travel Dixie Highway in Palm Beach County and visit small businesses in South Florida, I see firsthand the importance of expanding opportunities and reducing burdensome regulations on our independent employers. Our small businesses represent the best of the American spirit and I will continue to be their voice on Capitol Hill.”

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised West for his commitment to American business owners.

“In the 112th Congress, Representative West proved he is willing to stand up and do big things for small business,” Danner said.  “Guardian-award winners are genuine small business champions, consistently voting to promote and protect the right of small business owners to own, operate and grow their businesses.”

For a complete look at how each Member of Congress voted, click here

Congressman Allen West is a member of the House Committee on Small Business and is a member of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

The Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to lawmakers who vote with small businesses 70 percent or more of the time and demonstrate a commitment to protecting free enterprise.

National Federation of Independent Business is the nation’s leading small business association. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB has 350,000 members and its mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

Rep. Allen West “Obama just can’t stop slamming small business”

by Allen West on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:00pm

Once again, the President has demonstrated his disdain for the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of our private sector.

Yesterday, in response to Governor Romney’s comment that President Obama’s new, more stringent fuel economy standards were “extreme,” President Obama quipped: “Maybe the steam engine is more his speed.”

Well, maybe President Obama ought to get his head out of his rhetoric and visit Cyclone Technologies, right here in South Florida. Cyclone is a small business employing talented American workers who are developing a 21st Century steam engine that is fast, powerful, clean, fuel-flexible and efficient enough to beat the stringent CAFE standards.

Yes, Mr. President, they DID build that.

Cyclone is also working with the U.S. military to make our forces’ power supplies more efficient, and developing other ways to turn waste into energy using their steam technology.

Promoting independence from foreign oil and supporting American jobs comes from small businesses like Cyclone, not from increasing government regulation.

TODAY Rep. Allen West for Congress released two new television ads focused on the economy

Stuart, FL – Today Allen West for Congress released two new television ads focused on the economy.  The ads demonstrate the clear differences between Allen West’s plans to get the economy back on track so small business can create jobs, and Patrick Murphy’s support for Obamacare and the new taxes and regulations that continue to prevent the economy from recovering.

“The economic policies championed by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Patrick Murphy have failed,” said Allen West. “When I talk to small business owners like Roger Dunshee of Twin Vee Catamarans in Fort Pierce, they all tell me the same thing: the taxes, regulations and energy policies coming out of Washington are making it impossible to hire and grow.  Obamacare is making it impossible for small business owners to provide healthcare to their employees.  The skyrocketing cost of energy is pricing small businesses right out of business.  Miles of red tape are strangling their ability to expand. 

With an administration pursuing these economically destructive policies, it’s no surprise unemployment has been about 8 percent for 42 months, poverty is skyrocketing, and food stamp recipients have increased by 45 percent.  By getting government off the back and out of the pocket of taxpayers, we can turn things around.  Getting our economy going again is my top priority and that’s why I am proud to have voted for over 30 jobs bills in the United State House of Representatives to cut taxes, reduce regulations and increase American energy production.”

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Congressman Allen West released this statement today regarding the latest unemployment report

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today regarding the latest unemployment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

“July marks the 42nd consecutive month Americans have suffered under unemployment rates of eight percent or above.

Employers are simply not hiring and why should they? President Obama has promised to raise taxes on America’s small businesses starting January 2013. President’s Obama’s healthcare law is looming over employers and threatening to fine them for every employee they do not insure. President Obama is calling for the United States military to be reduced and defense contractors are preparing to slash thousands of jobs around the country. President Obama refuses to lead or come up with any solutions to build certainty, stability or confidence among American businesses.

President Obama instead believes individuals who have built their businesses did not do it on their own.  President Obama believes we need more spending and we need to punish individuals who are succeeding in our free market system.  All one has to do is examine the tax and regulatory policies of the Obama administration to know they are counter productive to economic growth.

In the House of Representatives, we have voted over and over on job-creating legislation only to have it sit on Democrat Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid’s desk.  Just this week, a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to make sure no American family or small business sees a tax increase. In the House of Representatives, we are committed to supporting businesses and putting Americans back to work.

American families from coast to coast must realize the policies of President Obama, demonstrated once again by today’s unemployment number, are not working.  The American people have a choice between two futures. It is time to reject the  path of high unemployment and an anemic economy and instead take the path of limited government and fiscal responsibility.  This is the path our founders carved out for us, and it is the path that will lead our nation back to prosperity and economic freedom.”

Congressman Allen West: Stop the Tax Hike!

(WASHINGTON) — Congressman Allen West (R-FL) is joining House Republicans today by hosting two town hall meetings on “Stop the Tax Hike Day” to emphasize the need for the United States Congress to block the largest tax increase in our nation’s history scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2013.

West released this statement today:

“President Barack Obama’s plan for tax hikes will devastate our already fragile economy.  The United States Congress must act now to Stop the Tax Hike on all Americans and pass the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, extending current income tax rates for one year.

The United States unemployment rate has remained at or above eight percent for 41 months and nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work.  Failure to extend the tax cuts will raise taxes on small businesses and Americans by $232 billion in 2013 and by $4.6 trillion over 10 years.

The Democrats want to use class warfare to divide our nation by calling this a tax break for millionaires and billionaires.  The facts are that 75 percent of small businesses with a net revenue of $250,000 or more pay their taxes as individuals and will therefore be subject to this tax hike.

Over and over, small businesses say taxes are the most important problem they face today. These scheduled tax increases on small businesses will destroy job creation during the worst employment crisis since the Great Depression.”

Rep. West has scheduled two town hall events today to focus on the effects President Obama’s tax hike could have on ordinary Americans:
“Stop the Tax Hike” Town Halls

*1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church

1111 E. Sample Road

Pompano Beach, FL

*4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

FAU Jupiter Campus

Lifelong Learning Society Auditorium

5353 Parkside Drive

Jupiter, FL
*Please click here for a line by line review of what specific taxes are expiring and how they will affect American families.

Rep Allen West – Statement “Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Martime Business”

WASHINGTON)—  Congressman Allen West (R-FL) chaired a hearing entitled “Sinking the Marine Industry:  How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Martime Business” as part of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Thursday on Capitol Hill.  Inland waterways and ports are often the lifeblood of the economies of the regions in which they are located.  Members of Congress heard testimony from experts and small business owners on the most pressing impediments to job creation and economic growth in the maritime industry and discussed solutions to those problems.

West’s constituent, Kristina Hebert, Chief Operating Officer, Ward’s Marine Electric, Inc,. in Fort Lauderdale, testified on behalf of the United States Superyacht Association. Hebert, whose family business has been in operation since trhe 1950’s,  has many concerns, in particular the regulations imposed on the maritime industry through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.

“The new rules have created confusion in both the recreational marine repair industry and the insurance industry,” Hebert said.  “The misapplication of the exemption brought thousands of workers under the duplicative coverage or even worse left them without any coverage at all. For these reasons, the rulemaking seriously missed the mark and will serve only to cost American jobs and drive economic activity offshore.”

The hearing allowed for a wide-ranging examination of regulatory actions by the Department of Labor, the planning and permitting processes for the United States Army Corps of Engineers maintenance of navigable waterways, and intra-state taxation of small businesses.

“Representing a sizeable chunk of our working population, I see no better time to zero in on the industry which is paramount to our way of life in South Florida and throughout the nation,” West said.  “I have heard from many in the marine industry in South Florida who say regulations are creating a toxic business environment for them.  Builders, manufacturers, retailers, craftsmen, technicians and suppliers– they all have the same frustration- the federal government preventing them from hiring and growing their businesses.”

For a full copy of Hebert’s testimony and the other maritime employers who testified at the hearing today, click here.

For video coverage of today’s testimony, click here.

For complete photo gallery of today’s hearing, click here.