Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress — for small business

Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations.

Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government shutdown, a Democratic House, a Republican Senate and ongoing investigations of the Trump White House and campaign are expected to be obstacles to much small business-related work getting done.

Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer says company owners may see more movement in their states. He called on governors to be "more aggressive than anyone" on helping small business.

Issues that small business advocates expect to be on government agendas in 2019 include health care, taxes, employment issues, infrastructure, internet privacy and paid leave.

Dawn Kamber