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  • Graves in Reuters.com: The Regulatory Cliff Awaits
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 6, 2012 | Preview rr

    The Regulatory Cliff Awaits By Chairman Sam Graves Thursday December 6, 2012 As President Barack Obama’s first term ends and second begins, it is an opportune time to reflect on the cost and sheer volume of new red tape his administration has created; analyze its impact on small businesses, and prepare for what’s next. The Obama administration has pursued an active regulatory agenda. The overall regulatory burden is now $1.8 trillion annually, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, ... Read more

  • Graves in The Hill: Obama's Record of Overreach
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 23, 2012 | Preview rr

    Obama's record of overreach By Chairman Sam Graves Tuesday October 23, 2012 The Obama administration’s relentless government expansion has become a disturbing pattern. Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) report today (October 23) is a devastating list of the president’s failures and misplaced policies. The common thread is the drastic expansion of government’s role, without being too picky about the means. The attitude seems to be that nothing can or should stand in the way of this big govern... Read more

  • Rep. Allen West in POLITICO: Still Time To Save Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 20, 2012 | Preview rr

    Still time to save small businesses By Rep. Allen West Thursday September 20, 2012 Our nation has a defining choice to make, and time is short. The Pentagon is bracing for devastating cuts through sequestration. For the sake of national security, jobs and the next generation, we must stop this in its tracks. There is still time to fix it — if we show leadership and make tough choices. The House has presented alternative plans to replace sequestration with thoughtful spending cuts. President Bar... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in CNBC.com: Jobs Report Falls Short Again
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 7, 2012 | Preview rr

    Jobs Report Falls Short Again By Chairman Sam Graves Friday September 7, 2012 Earlier Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported more disappointing news. The economy created only 96,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and more than 350,000 Americans have dropped out of the work force. While some may focus on the jobs that were created last month, this jobs report is nothing but horrendous. I welcome any jobs. But American workers giving up on employment in the w... Read more

  • Rep. Mike Coffman in the Denver Business Journal: Small businesses looking over edge of a fiscal cliff
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 24, 2012 | Preview rr

    Small businesses looking over edge of a fiscal cliff By Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chairman, Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Friday, August 24, 2012 On Jan. 1, 2013, small businesses could be staring down a fiscal cliff of about $600 billion of tax increases and spending cuts, harming our already-fragile economy. Of course, that’s only if Congress fails to reach a compromise. The “fiscal cliff” is what Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has calle... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in CNBC.com: Stop The Tax Hike On Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 1, 2012 | Preview rr

    Stop The Tax Hike On Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves Wednesday August 1, 2012 This week, America will have the chance to observe two very different paths in Washington. One road would lead to increased taxes on small businesses, with further dragging down the economy; the other would lead to job creation by stopping a tax hike on the very entities most likely to invest and hire. At the end of this year, a large number of tax rates and provisions will expire and reset to higher levels, inc... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in Roll Call: Regulatory Relief Will Jump-Start Economy
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 25, 2012 | Preview rr

    Regulatory Relief Will Jump-Start Economy By Chairman Sam Graves Wednesday July 25, 2012 Earlier this month, we discovered that only 80,000 jobs were created in June, ending the weakest quarter for job creation in the past two years. These anemic jobs numbers demonstrate that the private sector and our biggest job creators, small businesses, are not, contrary to President Barack Obama’s assertion, doing fine. Small-business owners continue to say compliance with government regulations is one of... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in The Hill: Small Businesses Drive Job Creation, Growth
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 12, 2012 | Preview rr

    Small Businesses Drive Job Creation, Growth By Chairman Sam Graves Thursday July 12, 2012 Our nation is the mightiest economy on the planet, with great potential for growth. So why are we nearly stagnant? We’ve had weak job growth for months on end, and our lingering high unemployment has been at a rate of at least 8 percent for 41 straight months. That’s unacceptable. Even worse, it’s unnecessary. Our nation is attempting to rebound from a recession, but I’m afraid we’re asking our job creator... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in POLITICO: A Small Business Plan All Can Agree On, Right?
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 11, 2012 | Preview rr

    A Small Business Plan All Can Agree On, Right? By Chairman Sam Graves Wednesday July 11, 2012 As the nation debates solutions to our stagnant economy and continuing unemployment crisis, more elected leaders now agree that small-business growth plays a crucial role in job creation. An estimated 27 million small businesses employ more than half the country’s private-sector workforce, creating 60 percent to 70 percent of all new jobs. Congress has been debating various proposals aimed at helping s... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman in the Denver Business Journal: Let’s Reduce Regulations on U.S. Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Let’s Reduce Regulations on U.S. Small Businesses By Rep. Mike Coffman, Chairman, Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Friday, May 25, 2012 Over the past three years, President Obama has issued several Executive Orders and memos to federal agencies aimed at reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens. Unfortunately, these executive edicts have done little to quell small business concerns about regulatory uncertainty. Nor have they actually addressed the persisten... Read more