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  • 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

  • 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