H.R. 3178 and S. 770 would have a dramatic chilling effect on independent contractors and their clients in the research profession, significantly increasing the regulatory risk and administrative burden of doing business with independent contractors. The bills effectively constitute regulatory intimidation by threatening firms with draconian financial penalties and burdensome administrative duties if they choose to do business with sole proprietors.
MRA is opposed to H.R. 3178 and S. 770, and the inclusion of their provisions in any final product from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.