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This week, President Obama and the Democratic Party celebrated Small Business Week by continuing to implement policies that prioritize small business needs. By contrast, the 2016 GOP field has consistently supported policies that could hurt small businesses.

Not only have all of the potential Republican nominees said that they would repeal the Affordable Care Act which provides crucial tax credits to small businesses, they’ve also supported major budget cuts to research and infrastructure spending for them. Our Factivists have more on why the GOP presidential hopefuls are bad for small business. Check it out here.

On Tuesday, the DNC announced that it will sanction six debates between candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, beginning in the fall of 2015. The four early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will each host a sanctioned debate. Read more about the debate principles and process in the full announcement here.

Also this week, Senator and GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio visited Arizona to make his case for the Republican nomination to donors. Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), an Iraq War Veteran, reflected on the Senator’s visit in an op-ed on Wednesday. Gallego chided Rubio for his duplicity on immigration reform and for using his personal story to obscure increasingly extreme policy positions. “In Spanish, Rubio says we need to do piecemeal reform, in English it's border security first or nothing. We all know how that story ends: No relief for immigrant families,” Gallego reproached. Check out the full piece here.

Finally, House and Senate Republicans passed a budget this week that would decimate funding that helps American students afford college. Beyond eliminating guaranteed access to Pell Grants, the GOP would also end subsidized Stafford Loans. Our Factivists are back with more on the Republican push to eliminate affordable education for Americans. Check it out here.

Have a safe and happy weekend.


(Debbie Wasserman Schultz)