Stauber Introduces Anti-Shutdown Legislation

March 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) recently introduced new legislation to help prevent the implementation of disastrous economic shutdowns like those imposed unilaterally by Governor Walz and other leaders as a response to COVID.

The Stop Shutdowns Now Act would require the Small Business Administration to create an impact report on any future state, federal, or executive COVID-19 requirements that would restrict or otherwise prevent small businesses from operating at normal capacity.

Of this legislation, Congressman Stauber stated, “This past year, we saw economic shutdowns imposed unilaterally by leaders like Governor Tim Walz devastate millions of livelihoods and shutter countless small businesses for good. American small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they do not deserve to be subjected to any more unfair shutdowns. By requiring a detailed and public report to be done on the impact of any future shutdown, my legislation will place pressure on leaders to do the right thing and allow businesses to remain open for commerce.”

Congressman Stauber began to draft this legislation after President Joe Biden threatened new workplace restrictions on American small businesses.

All of Congressman Stauber’s Republican colleagues on the House Small Business Committee joined him as cosponsors of this legislation.

Stauber has been an outspoken critic of economic shutdowns imposed by Governor Walz.