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  • 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

  • Exporting 101 for Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    Exporting 101 for Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves Virtually every small business is interested in expanding its customer base. Exporting goods and services provides a tremendous opportunity for small businesses to reach new markets, find more customers and contribute more to the U.S. economy. The International Trade Commission reports that small businesses that exported saw average revenue growth of 37 percent from 2005-09 compared to a decline of 7 percent for companies that did not ex... Read more

  • Small Business Needs Big Tax Reform, Too
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Small Business Needs Big Tax Reform, Too By Chairman Sam Graves Small businesses are important to our economy and to our economic recovery, so why should they be forgotten in tax reform plans? President Obama's proposal on July 30 for a corporate tax cut completely ignores small businesses. Many of them already pay higher taxes and faced a tax hike at the beginning of the year, yet the President's flawed and incomplete plan only increases that inequity. The fact is that comprehensive tax reform... Read more

  • Mr. President, ObamaCare is Creating a Part Time Economy
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 1, 2013 | Preview rr

    Mr. President, ObamaCare is Creating a Part Time Economy By Chairman Graves August 1, 2013 President Obama’s recent pivot yet again to the economy has caused Americans to wonder why we remain in an economic rut. Although there are signs of improvement, why is our country's growth so sluggish and unemployment rate still high? A closer look at the June jobs numbers reveals a grave problem that is flying somewhat under the radar. And Friday’s unemployment announcement will most likely reveal the s... Read more

  • Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 22, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries By Chairman Graves July 22, 2013 Government red tape can sometimes reach far beyond what Congress ever intended, and into the realm of the ridiculous. Last week, the Washington Post provided an example. One small businessman, a magician, has an act that includes a small rabbit. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) required him to get a license for his rabbit, pay an annual fee, submit to surprise inspections of his home, and come up wit... Read more

  • 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