As lawmakers prepares to vote on a trillion-dollar economic-stimulus plan, dissension is mounting over the failure of both parties to include the interests of small businesses. Even Republicans seemed to have turned a deaf ear to NFIB's request for a six-month payroll tax break to stimulate spending. "Eliminating the payroll tax for an extended period of time provides a double benefit to the economy by helping struggling businesses reduce costs and providing working Americans with extra money to spend where they see fit," said NFIB chief lobbyist Dan Danner in a letter to Congress.

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