Behind the Scenes at NSA "Awards Day" on Capitol Hill

By Boyd, Harlan | The National Public Accountant, August 1999 | Go to article overview

Behind the Scenes at NSA "Awards Day" on Capitol Hill


Boyd, Harlan, The National Public Accountant


On May 18, a large delegation of National Society of Accountants representatives, including Legislative Affairs staff and NSA members from around the country, led by NSA Executive Vice President Bill Mathisen, spent a long and rewarding day on Capitol Hill presenting NSA's 1999 "Champion of Small Business" Awards to deserving Members of the United States Congress.

Many of the 30,000 members of NSA and its State Affiliates are sole practitioners or members of small business accounting firms. They provide accounting services or prepare tax returns for an estimated six million individual and small business clients every year. The "Champion of Small Business" Award is intended to distinguish legislators who demonstrate exceptional dedication towards advancing the interests of our nation's estimated 23 million small businesses.

This year's recipients, listed below, include five United States Senators and fifteen Members of the House of Representatives. These Members of Congress have shown dedication and leadership towards advancing the interests of our nation's small business community.

Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) - Small Business Committee

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) - Budget Committee, Finance Committee

Senator Don Nickles (R-OK) - Budget Committee, Finance Committee

(Chair, Social Security & Family Policy Subcommittee)

Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA) - Finance Committee

Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) - Finance Committee, Government Affairs Committee (Chair)

Representative Ken Bentsen (D-TX) - Banking and Financial Services Committee, Budget Committee

Representative Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) - Budget Committee

Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) - Small Business Committee (Ranking Member, Government Programs and Oversight Subcommittee)

Representative Thomas W. Ewing (R-IL) - Joint Economic Committee

Representative Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) - Ways and Means Committee

Representative Sue W. Kelly (R-NY) - Banking Committee, Small Business Committee (Chair, Regulatory Reform & Paperwork Reduction Subcommittee)

Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ) - Small Business Committee (Chair, Rural Enterprises Subcommittee)

Representative Donald Manzullo (R-IL) - Banking Committee, Small Business Committee (Chair, Tax, Finance and Exports Subcommittee)

Representative Robert T. Matsui (D-CA) - Ways and Means Committee (Ranking Member, Social Security Subcommittee)

Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) - Small Business Committee (Ranking Member, Tax, Finance and Exports Subcommittee)

Representative David Minge (D-MN) - Budget Committee, Joint Economic Committee

Representative Rob Portman (R-OH) - Ways and Means Committee

Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ) - Joint Economic Committee (Vice Chairman)

Representative Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL) - Ways and Means Committee (Chairman, Social Security Subcommittee)

Representative Nick Smith (R-MI) Budget Committee

Thirteen Members were personally presented with their 1999 "Champion of Small Business" Award by a member of the National Society of Accountants delegation. The task was completed by presenters Bill Mathisen, Mike Connors (Chairman, NSA State Regulation and Oversight Committee), Walter Dudley (Vice Chairman, NSA State Regulation and Oversight Committee), Roger Harris (Chairman, NSA Federal Taxation Committee), Pam Kulish (Member, NSA National Affairs Committee), Bill Parrish (Chairman, NSA Right to Practice Committee), Joy Turner (Chairwoman, NSA National Affairs Committee), and Harlan Boyd (Associate Counsel).

Members of NSA's delegation met at in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria for a cup of coffee at 9:00 a.m. The 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. hour provided the group with a much needed chance to brainstorm on how the rest of the day would proceed, i. …

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