Small businesses around the country are attempting to bounce back from the devastating effects of the pandemic. But vaccine mandates imposed by the Biden administration, critics say, threaten to crater the progress made by small companies just as they’re starting to get back on their feet.

Alfredo Ortiz is president and CEO of Job Creators Network, an organization representing small businesses that is suing the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates.

“[Small businesses] were the ones that really particularly got hit hard,” Ortiz says. “[W]hen we all look back now, it looks like big businesses just continue to get bigger, but our small businesses just really suffered.”

“Whether it was mandate regulations in terms of the masks, whether it was seating arrangements, capacity, I mean you name it. They were just getting hit hard left and right,” he says.

Ortiz joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to talk about that lawsuit and the impact of government policies on small businesses.

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