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  • 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

  • Lawmakers Must Step Aside and Let P2P Businesses Grow
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 11, 2014 | Preview rr

    Lawmakers Must Step Aside and Let P2P Businesses Grow By Chairman Sam Graves Peer-to-peer businesses, or P2P businesses, are forming a new innovative marketplace that, after ten years in the making, has now burst onto the scene, capitalizing on new technologies and mobile connectivity. And government has begun to pay attention. A P2P business is a company that creates a platform which allows individuals or “peers” to directly buy and sell from each other. This activity has sometimes been called... Read more

  • Small businesses bear brunt of health care law
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 7, 2014 | Preview rr

    Small businesses bear brunt of health care law ​By Chairman Sam Graves Another week, another failure of the President’s health care law comes to light. New problems surface before the ink can dry on previous reports of problems. Last week, a report from the nonpartisan Office of the Chief Actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed two-thirds of small businesses will face premium increases, affecting 11 million people. Also in February, California canceled the online option... Read more

  • Focus on Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 27, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Focus on Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves and Sen. Jim Risch A prescription for a more robust American economic recovery is not a mystery — the catalyst of job growth is small business. At a time when small businesses should be at the heart of our nation’s comeback, America’s best job creators deserve leaders who create an environment where businesses can thrive. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, gave yet another lecture on how critical small businesses are to this countr... Read more

  • Stop Government Abuse: We Need Common Sense For Federal Regulations
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Stop Government Abuse: We Need Common Sense For Federal Regulations By Chairman Sam Graves The economic recovery is slow, the labor force has been reduced, and small businesses are losing speed, but there's one area that just keeps growing: federal regulations. There's no shortage of new red tape or of bureaucrats to write new regulations, and small businesses are becoming overwhelmed. It's time for some common sense from federal agencies. Federal regulations should promote safety without unnec... Read more

  • One more Obamacare headache for small businesss
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 3, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    One more Obamacare headache for small businesss By Chairman Sam Graves Last Wednesday, while most of America was on the way to grandma's house for Thanksgiving, the White House announced more bad news regarding the health law's rollout. The Obama administration announced yet another delay — this time for online enrollment for small businesses hoping to purchase health coverage through federal-run exchanges called the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOPs. Earlier this year, a nonparti... Read more

  • Put more muscle into the Regulatory Flexibility Act
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 17, 2013 | Preview rr

    Put more muscle into the Regulatory Flexibility Act By Chairman Sam Graves The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) is an excellent concept: federal agencies must assess the economic impact of their regulations on small firms, and if significant, consider less burdensome alternatives. Although the law has been on the books for more than three decades, agencies still fail to fully comply with the RFA’s requirements. This law needs to be updated and strengthened to hold federal agencies accountable f... Read more