CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 298 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Steve King (R-IA) on March 30, 2009.
H.Res. 298 resolves that the House of Representatives "(1) applauds the United States Small Business Administration for educating small business owners on the benefits of using well-placed, well-designed on-premise signs to overcome competitive disadvantages in the areas of marketing and advertising, and (2) encourages the on-premise sign industry to continue its efforts to produce a new and greater understanding of how to develop safer, more effective, and more affordable signage products so as to alleviate small businesses' competitive disadvantages in marketing and advertising."
According to the resolution's findings, on-premise signage has served as a catalyst for successful small businesses in the United States. Most of the companies that manufacture on-premise signs in the United States are themselves small businesses and generate thousands of manufacturing jobs that stimulate the economy and support the local, State, and federal tax bases. The on-premise sign industry in turn sustains millions of additional businesses by providing an affordable and effective advertising medium through which they can communicate to customers about goods and services they offer, direct those customers to their small business sites, and reinforce the memory of existing customers about the locations and the nature of these small businesses.