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  • Live Long and Prosper – Unless You’re a Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Live Long and Prosper – Unless You’re a Small Business SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE • MARCH 3, 2015 The famous words of the late Leonard Nimoy’s space adventurer Spock speak to the goals – but not necessarily the reality – of today’s small businesses. We all want small businesses to live long and prosper – that means jobs. It means vibrant communities. It means the ladder of opportunity is within reach for more Americans. And while this has been the case for most our nation’s history – new data pain... Read more

  • Small Business, Regulations, and Super Bowl 49
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 5, 2015 | Preview rr

    Whether you’re a Seahawk still soured by the near victory, a Patriot glowing in the aftermath of the big win, or a loyalist to some other team scheming about next season, there is one thing football fans of all stripes should cheer for – our small businesses. Like the Brady-Belichick relationship, American families and small business go hand-in-hand. They make each other better. When Main Street wins, American families win. And small businesses churn out some big stats. For example, did you kno... Read more

  • Lifting Up American Families With Smarter, Less Burdensome Regulations
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 4, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Lifting Up American Families With Smarter, Less Burdensome Regulations By Steve Chabot Feb. 4, 2015 Roll Call America’s small businesses are the way millions of families get ahead in life. Small businesses employ about half of all working Americans, and create 2 of every 3 new job opportunities. These small businesses do their best to provide services to their communities and good wages for their employees. On average, however, they’re also shouldering a cost of about $11,000 per employee just t... Read more

  • Why isn't the Senate taking up innovation bill?
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 11, 2014 | Preview rr

    Why isn't the Senate taking up innovation bill? ​By Chairman Sam Graves When folks hear the term "start-up," all sorts of images are easily conjured in one's mind. You think of energetic young people in Silicon Valley or maybe Boston or Austin creating new innovative businesses; like Facebook or Twitter — hip tech companies with new ideas that seemingly came out of nowhere and now are integral parts of our lives. The good news is this is only part of the story. As Chairman of the House Small Bu... Read more

  • EPA's Backyard Blitz Imperiled
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 15, 2014 | Preview rr

    EPA's Backyard Blitz Imperiled ​By Chairman Sam Graves President Ronald Reagan once said our “government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” Twenty-eight years later, anyone who cashes a paycheck, files their taxes, picks up the local newspaper or turns on the TV knows these words ring true just as they did in 1986. Back home in Missouri, I frequently speak with people who a... Read more

  • Congressman Sam Graves “Small Business Program Mismanagement Epitomizes Obamacare Incompetence”
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 23, 2014 | Preview rr

    Congressman Sam Graves “Small Business Program Mismanagement Epitomizes Obamacare Incompetence” ​By Chairman Sam Graves The Obama administration just can’t seem to deliver on its promises for Obamacare, and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) clearly illustrates this. This program was designed to simplify the process for small businesses to compare health plan costsand select an appropriate plan for their employees, and through competition, bring down costs. In practice, it has don... Read more

  • Expanded Clean Water Act Rules Hurt Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 17, 2014 | Preview rr

    Expanded Clean Water Act Rules Hurt Small Business ​By Chairman Sam Graves Congress passed the Clean Water Act more than four decades ago to safeguard our nation’s major waterways. These rivers and other bodies of water are sources for drinking water and transportation, known as “navigable waters.” In my northern Missouri district, situated between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, healthy rivers are absolutely essential to the local economy and farm communities. The Environmental Protection... Read more

  • Small Business Week
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 14, 2014 | Preview rr

    Small Business Week ​By Chairman Sam Graves Every small business throughout the country is a story of someone’s hard work, a good idea, or a plan to make life better for their family. Many succeed, some don’t. We should respect the courage, risk and sacrifice required to build a business. One of the purposes of National Small Business Week is recognition of that effort, but there’s more to it. We should examine policies that are helping and hurting small business and make the appropriate change... Read more

  • The Tax Burden For Small Business Is Getting Worse
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    The Tax Burden For Small Business Is Getting Worse ​By Chairman Sam Graves This time of year is dreaded by small businesses – a time when many companies and individuals are finalizing their tax returns. This week, the Small Business Committee held a hearing that examined the many tax challenges for small businesses. The Committee explored tax complexity and the high tax burden on small companies, and how they are dealing with these concerns in a tough economy. Today’s tax code drains precious r... Read more

  • Overreach in the name of small business
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 13, 2014 | Preview rr

    Overreach in the name of small business ​By Chairman Sam Graves Claiming to "fight for small business" is often used as a political tool in Washington D.C., but it is actually the policies behind that battle cry that small firms care about. Time and time again, small businesses testify before the Committee on Small Business that they simply want the government to "get out of the way." For Congress to heed this request, it needs to exercise oversight to check an aggressive executive branch. Inde... Read more