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13 Feb

Economic Stimulus Bill Approved By House and Senate

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Most importantly for booksellers, the final bill maintained key provisions supporting small businesses. At press time, it was expected that President Obama will sign the bill on President's Day, Monday, February 16.

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12 Feb

Economic Stimulus Package: ABA Urges Booksellers to Write Legislators Now

At press time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate were in final negotiations regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The American Booksellers Association is urging booksellers to e-mail their legislators immediately to call for the inclusion of the small business provisions in the final version of the legislation.

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09 Feb

ABA President Urges Congress to Support Small Businesses

On Monday, February 9, as Congress worked to quickly pass the Obama Administration's stimulus package, American Booksellers Association President Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, urged the Congressional leadership to continue its support for small businesses in crafting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1). ABA is also calling on all member booksellers to contact their legislators in Washington as soon as possible to urge support for the bill's small-business provisions.

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04 Feb

Call to Action: Urge Support for Small Businesses in the Economic Stimulus Plan

As the Senate debates President Obama's economic stimulus plan, the American Booksellers Association is calling on booksellers to contact their legislators in Washington as soon as possible to urge support for the bill's small-business provisions.

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15 Jan

Incoming Administration Signals Strong Support for Small Businesses

This week, the incoming Obama administration gave a strong signal of its commitment to channeling federal economic recovery efforts to small businesses.

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14 Jan

ABA Asks Congress to Add E-Fairness Bill to Economic Stimulus Package

This week, in a letter addressed to Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the American Booksellers Association joined the E-Fairness Coalition in calling on Congress to include the provisions of the Sales Tax Fairness and Simplification Act (STFSA) in any economic stimulus legislation under consideration. STFSA is a bipartisan bill introduced in the House (H.R. 3396) by Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) and in the Senate (S. 34) by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).

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