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Zinke sidelines women and minority-owned small businesses

(Helena, MT) – Despite broad bipartisan support, Representative Ryan Zinke shut out Montana’s women-owned and native-owned small businesses from having a voice at the table.
 
Zinke voted against an amendment requiring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to include representatives of minority-owned and women-owned small businesses as members of the small business advisory board. The vote passed the House 244-173 despite Zinke’s opposition.
 
“Women-owned and Native American-owned small businesses are a major driver in the Montana economy. Congressman Zinke had the opportunity to give a voice to women and Native American small business owners, and he failed,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.“When business owners from all walks of life have a seat at the table, Montana thrives.”

According to a 2013 U.S. Small Business Administration report, there were an estimated 28,000 woman-owned businesses and 4,000 minority-owned businesses in Montana in 2011.
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