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Graves Announces Committee Schedule for Week of April 22

Washington, Apr 19 -

Week Ahead for the Committee: April 22-26

Committee to Hold Hearings on Small Business Administration Budget and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Shortage

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of April 22, 2013:

On Wednesday, April 24th, at 1:00 p.m. the House Small Business Committee will conduct a hearing titled The Budget Outlook for the Small Business Administration. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and gain insight into how the agency is managing sequestration during the rest of Fiscal Year 2013. 

“Our nation has a serious debt and spending problem that can only be improved if every federal agency becomes a better steward of the funds entrusted to them by the taxpayers,” said Chairman Graves. “I am convinced that services to small businesses can be preserved and improved while finding savings in the SBA’s budget. The SBA must focus clearly on its core missions of capital access, contracting, and counseling while reducing duplication, overlap, and wasteful spending. I look forward to a thorough discussion of the SBA’s budget and priorities.”

On Thursday, April 25th, at 10:00 a.m. the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), will conduct a hearing titled Help Wanted: The Small Business STEM Workforce Shortage and Immigration Reform. Two unfilled STEM jobs exist for every unemployed STEM worker in the U.S., and the trend is expected to get worse. The hearing will focus on how the STEM workforce shortage is affecting the viability of small businesses, and will examine what may be necessary to help small businesses meet their STEM workforce needs. 

“If small businesses in technology-dependent industries cannot find qualified applicants for these critical positions, then they cannot grow or adequately compete in the marketplace,” said Subcommittee Chairman Hanna. “According to the NFIB, more than one out of three small business owners who hired or tried to hire in the last three months had trouble finding qualified applicants. Helping small businesses fill these openings will help businesses grow, aid our economic recovery and make America more competitive globally. A strong focus on STEM education and workforce training here at home alongside a more practical high-skilled immigration policy are key solutions to this challenge.”   

Watch both hearings live HERE.

Event Details:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
The Budget Outlook for the Small Business Administration

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Help Wanted: The Small Business STEM Workforce Shortage and Immigration Reform

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