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  • Committee Examines SBA Management and Urges Transparency and Compliance with the Law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the priorities and plans of the Small Business Administration (SBA) with testimony from Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, who has led the SBA since April. The Committee examined the ability of the SBA to meet its statutory obligations to the programs that most benefit small businesses and their role in the economy. “The SBA is responsible for managing a set of core programs designed to help small businesses ... Read more

  • Committee Challenges EPA’s Failure to Assess Regulatory Impact on Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted an oversight hearing to determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency is assessing the impacts of its rules on small businesses as required by law. The Committee examined the EPA’s failure to assess the economic impacts of both the recently issued “waters of the United States” proposed rule and the proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants on small busines... Read more

  • Committee Examines Reforms to SBIR/STTR Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Technology, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the progress of recent programmatic changes to both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Under Chairman Graves’ leadership, Congress reauthorized the programs three years ago along with requirements that the agencies implement various reforms that will help spur wider participation from small firms and more effective commercializati... Read more

  • Committee Examines Onerous Licensing Barriers for Entrepreneurs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the barriers that certain state licensing requirements impose on entrepreneurs and individuals seeking economic opportunity, and how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can utilize advocacy and enforcement of federal anti-trust laws to prohibit anticompetitive regulations. On March 26, 2014, the Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce held a hearing with testimony from entrepreneurs who enco... Read more

  • Committee Exposes Program Duplication at the SBA
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined several initiatives created by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the agency’s duplication of entrepreneurial development programs provided by both the federal and private sector. In 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found overlap and duplication among 52 programs meant to support entrepreneurial endeavors at the USDA, Commerce, HUD and SBA. Despite this finding, SBA has created even mo... Read more

  • Committee Calls for Savings in Views & Estimates of SBA Budget
    Posted in Press Releases on March 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    The Committee on Small Business, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a markup and passed its Views and Estimates on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Small Business Administration (SBA) that calls for about $50 million in savings from the President’s budget request. Each year, the Committee examines the SBA’s budget request, and lays out the Committee’s recommendations to allocate taxpayers’ dollars in a way that will improve the performance of the SBA and without diminishing se... Read more

  • Committee Presses the Administration on Mismanagement of Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges, their management failures and what the future holds for small businesses. The SHOP exchanges were touted as the health care law’s mechanism to assist small businesses in identifying, comparing, and purchasing health insurance coverage for their employees. The purpose of the hearing was to clarify the status of the establishment of both the federally-run and ... Read more

  • CMS Deputy Administrator Gary Cohen To Testify On Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Wednesday
    Posted in Media Advisories on December 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    Week Ahead for the Committee: December 9-13 Committee to Hold Hearing on Small Business Health Options Program, Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Reverse Auctions in Federal Acquisitions WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of December 9, 2013: On Wednesday, December 11, at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the Veterans' Affairs Committee's Subcommittee ... Read more

  • 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