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  • Committee Field Hearing Highlights Economic Consequences of Missouri River Management Decisions
    Posted in Press Releases on August 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Oversight, Disaster Assistance

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a field hearing in St. Joseph, Missouri, examining management of the Missouri River and the effects on small businesses. “The Missouri River is a significant resource not only for our region, but nationally,” said Chairman Graves. “Small businesses that depend on the river for their livelihoods need a well-managed river to plan for their futures. Floods or navigation problems can cause severe setbacks for farms or other ... Read more

  • Committee Examines IRS Methods for Auditing Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing examining the methods the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) uses to audit small businesses. Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testified. The purpose of the hearing was to identify how the agency selects and classifies the tax returns of small businesses, in light of revelations that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to unfairly target certain groups. “Congress has a responsibility to ascertain just how... Read more

  • Committee Focuses on Fiscal Path for SBA with Inspector General
    Posted in Press Releases on June 5, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    The House Committee on Small Business, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing emphasizing the need for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to reduce duplication and improve efficiency. Testifying was the Hon. Peggy Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration. During the hearing, the Committee examined how the Inspector General’s work contributes to greater efficiency at the SBA that will save the United States taxpayers dollars. The hearing focused on ... Read more

  • Committee Examines Obama Administration’s Record on Regulatory Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the Obama administration’s record of increasing the regulatory cost burden on small businesses, despite its directive to reduce it. On January 18, 2011, in an executive order, President Obama directed agencies to look again at the regulations in place and find ways to reduce the burden on small businesses. In today’s hearing, the Committee questioned whether agencies’ efforts to engage in a r... Read more

  • Committee Highlights Inefficient and Duplicative Programs Across Federal Government
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing examining inefficiencies and duplication across federal programs to seek savings for the taxpayer and better assistance for America’s entrepreneurs. The purpose of the hearing was to provide oversight on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in entrepreneurial assistance programs across the federal government, specifically between the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Department ... Read more

  • Hearing with CFPB Director Cordray Stresses Regulatory ‘Unintended Consequences’
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Oversight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing titled, Know Before You Regulate: The Impact of CFPB Regulations on Small Business. Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) testified about this new Bureau’s regulatory process, and its impact on small business. The Committee specifically evaluated the Bureau’s proposed rule – 1,100 pages long – on mortgage disclosures and its effect on consumers and sma... Read more

  • Associated Press: Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints
    Posted in Articles on May 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    Obama's Health Care Aid to Small Firms Disappoints By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar It seemed like a good idea at the time. But a health insurance tax credit for small businesses, part of President Barack Obama's health care law that gets strong support in public opinion polls, has turned out to be a disappointment. Time-consuming to apply for and lacking enough financial reward to make it attractive, the credit was claimed by only 170,300 businesses out of a pool of as many as 4 million potentially ... Read more

  • Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule WASHINGTON, DC—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s reversal of its harmfully intrusive rule on youth labor on family farms: “This Committee has worked hard to highlight the negative consequences of nonsensical rules including those proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict our youth’s ability to work on family farms. It appears o... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the St. Joseph News-Press: Uncertainty from Washington is Holding Back Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    Uncertainty from Washington is Holding Back Small Businesses By Chairman Graves What affects job creation throughout Missouri and the United States? A lack of certainty hampering small businesses and preventing them from doing what they do best: expand their company and hire more Americans. As the spring begins and President Obama ramps up his rhetoric highlighting his administration’s plan to put Americans back to work, consider this: in a recent United States Chamber of Commerce poll, more th... Read more

  • Graves Examines SBA’s Outdated Loan Management Systems
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    “The fact that the SBA began the modernization process almost seven years ago and has received millions in funding, but continues to mismanage the updating process is completely unacceptable.” WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today held a full committee hearing to examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) outdated computer systems used to manage its lending programs. Given the ongoing problems plaguing the systems, Chairman Graves requested in Oct... Read more