MSA Hits the Hill - DC

Main Street Alliance Hits the Hill

Main Street Alliance of Oregon leader and CEO of Palo Alto Software, Sabrina Parsons flew to Washington, D.C. to bring the Oregon small business voice directly to Congress. While in D.C., Parsons testified in front of the House Small Business Committee, met with Senator Ron Wyden, and spoke at a press conference releasing the FAMILY Act.

 

Small Business Owners Call for Policies that Support Main Street Businesses and Communities

At the Capitol Feb. 12, MSA member Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software in Eugene, OR, joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, and partners for reintroduction of the FAMILY Act. Parsons told the gathering, “Paid family and medical leave is good for Main Street businesses, good for workers and families, and good for our economy.”

That afternoon, Sabrina was joined by MSAMN member Sarah Piepenburg joined a paid leave roundtable, where she explained why it’s so important to Main Street business owners and employees alike. A mother of two, she had to return to her business less than two weeks after giving birth.

Amid these events, Sabrina and Sarah fit in visits to lawmakers, making the small business case for the FAMILY Act in conversations with Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software in Eugene, Oregon, joined Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), and others on February 12 to speak up for the FAMILY Act, which will create a self-sustaining national paid family and medical leave program.

“My company is one of the few small businesses with the resources to provide comprehensive paid family and medical leave, and it has strengthened our bottom line. Access to paid leave shouldn’t depend on where you live or where you work. Paid family and medical leave is good for Main Street businesses, good for workers and families, and good for our economy.”

- Sabrina Parsons

MSA Members Discuss a Main Street Agenda with the House Small Business Committee

On February 13, MSA Chair Kelly Conklin and MSA member Sabrina Parsons laid out a Main Street agenda at the House Small Business Committee (HSBC) hearing on “Small Business Priorities for the 116th Congress.” Together, Conklin and Parsons showed that real small business people want universal health care, capital access with racial and gender equity, paid family & medical leave, fair taxation, and humane and just immigration policy.

“We need universal, high-quality, publicly funded coverage that is affordable for everyone. The private sector is delivering the most expensive and inefficient health care in the world, and the cost of doing nothing is too great.”

- Kelly Conklin

“Like all small business owners with a commitment to community, immigrant business owners help make our neighborhoods and towns stronger. We owe it to all immigrants and ourselves to adopt an immigration policy that respects family and the basic tenets of freedom.”

- Sabrina Parsons

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