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  • The Growing Trade Opportunity Overseas for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Growing Trade Opportunity Overseas for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves July 11, 2013 The United States is trading internationally now more than ever, but only 1 percent of small businesses are part of this growth. That’s a number we can and should change, and the House Small Business Committee has ideas to help small firms take the next step. Over the last four years, despite economic sluggishness, U.S. exports increased by more than $630 billion. To put that in perspective, we saw ... Read more

  • Appreciation For Our Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on June 18, 2013 | Preview rr

    Appreciation For Our Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves June 18, 2013 Nearly half of all Americans in the private sector workforce have a firsthand appreciation of the value of small businesses to our economy. Why? Because they work for one. We all benefit greatly from the 28 million small firms that underpin the nation’s economy. They are innovators, responsible for 16 times more patents per employee than large companies. They help competitively drive down prices for consumers. And they a... Read more

  • Barriers Hamper Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Barriers Hamper Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves, Rep. Steve Chabot and Rep. Scott Tipton May 21, 2013 Although we’ve seen signs of a slowly improving economy, we must remember that our nation’s potential is far better than this. Despite the improved unemployment rate, there is a combination of data points that is cause for concern. April’s 165,000-job gain is slower than previous months, and the underemployment rate — which includes those who have stopped looking or settled for part-tim... Read more

  • $3M in Broken Promises to Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 20, 2013 | Preview rr

    $3M in Broken Promises to Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves May 20, 2013 In his 2013 State of the Union, President Barack Obama said, “[o]ur government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep.” When it comes to small business policies, the lofty promises have faded to pretensions. The House Small Business Committee has made it a priority to afford small businesses every opportunity to compete for federal contracts. On the campaign trail, the President made a similar promise, only to preside ... Read more

  • Obamacare’s Coming ‘Train Wreck’
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 10, 2013 | Preview rr

    Obamacare’s coming ‘train wreck’ By Chairman Sam Graves May 10, 2013 The health care law has the look of a plan that isn’t coming together, and the administration appears unable to foresee the outcome and stay a step ahead of the potential mess. The Wall Street Journal’s David Kessler totaled up the many changes and estimated 30 million to 40 million people will be damaged in some way by the new law. That’s a lot of disruption to a lot of lives, even if President Obama, from his comments at las... Read more

  • Graves in FoxNews.com: A Train Wreck for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    A Train Wreck for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves The health care law is “the most disruptive instrument to the American workplace in my lifetime.” That’s the perspective of Richmond businessman William J. Goldin, Jr., president of family-owned Strange’s Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers since 1978, who testified before the Small Business Committee last week. Even proponents of the controversial health care law are now worried, as the predictable problems become a reality. Senate... Read more

  • Graves in Politico: Small Businesses Need Tax Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 15, 2013 | Preview rr

    Small Businesses Need Tax Reform By Chairman Sam Graves April 15, 2013 Here we are on Tax Day, the time of year to rightfully reflect on our nation’s tax system. Most Americans immediately experience tax pain in terms of how much they pay to Uncle Sam. For our nation’s small businesses, the complexity of compliance adds insult to injury. Policymakers in Washington must take note of this. Tax complexity and inequity negatively affect our economy, because it creates another time-consuming, resour... Read more

  • Graves in CNBC.com: Reducing Our Debt by Reducing Government Duplication
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 19, 2013 | Preview rr

    Reducing Our Debt by Reducing Government Duplication By Chairman Sam Graves March 19, 2013 This week, Washington will hone in on the federal budget and our nation's future fiscal course, with the House voting on Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) budget. His plan responsibly addresses deficit spending and balances the budget in 10 years. Anyone can look at the fiscal direction of this nation and see that we are heading the wrong way. The numbers are startling. Our national debt recent... Read more

  • Shifting Regulatory Sand Hurts Small Business, Delays Economic Recovery
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 19, 2013 | Preview rr

    Shifting Regulatory Sand Hurts Small Business, Delays Economic Recovery By Chairman Sam Graves March 19, 2013 Show me a strong recovery, and I’ll show you small businesses that are growing and hiring. After all, I’m from the Show Me State. When the reports from Main Street match those from Wall Street, the recovery will be gaining momentum. We’re not there yet. The government’s role has been a big part of the problem, particularly for struggling small businesses. One fiscal crisis after the oth... Read more

  • Graves in The Washington Examiner: The Income Tax at 100 Years Old
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 4, 2013 | Preview rr

    The Income Tax at 100 Years Old By Chairman Sam Graves At the 100th anniversary of the income tax as we know it, we should examine our overly complex tax code for much-needed reforms. On Feb. 3, 1913, Americans ratified the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment gave the federal government the power to tax income directly, rather than based on a state's population. Over the century since, the tax code has become far too complicated and confusing, with the addition of numerous d... Read more