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  • 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

  • Graves Welcomes Extended Comment Period for Controversial ‘Waters’ Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision, as requested by Graves and other Committee Members, to extend the comment period on a controversial and costly new proposed rule that would expand the reach of Clean Water Act regulations. “We told the agencies that they need to listen to America’s small businesses, farmers and ranchers about the costly impact of this rule. The decision to... Read more

  • Graves and Committee Members Urge EPA and Corps to Halt Waters Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy to urge withdrawal of the recently proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The rule, as drafted, would result in an unprecedented jurisdictional expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA), subjecting thousands of streams, ditches and other small waters to federal permitting and other requirements. The Commit... Read more

  • Graves Alerts Small Businesses to Another EPA Power Grab
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today added a new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to the Committee’s digital resource, Small Biz Reg Watch. The proposed rule broadens the scope of waters subject to the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which has many small business owners and family farmers concerned. The EPA and the Corps are proposing to revise the definition of “waters of the Unit... Read more

  • 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

  • Floor Speech on The ALERRT Act/Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 26, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Chairman Sam Graves Floor Speech on H.R. 2804, The ALERRT Act/Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act February 26, 2014 (Remarks as Prepared) CLICK HERE to view the video I rise today in support of H.R. 2804, the ALERRT Act. This legislation represents an important effort to bring common sense and transparency to an out-of-control regulatory process that is stifling growth, especially among small businesses. I am especially pleased that legislation which the Committee on Small Business worked o... 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

  • Committee Examines Economic Impact of FAA Regulations on Aviation Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the impact of federal regulations on general aviators, and addressed ways to improve the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulatory framework. The hearing addressed regulations that are increasing costs or stifling growth for small businesses in general aviation, and ways to improve the FAA’s adaptation to technological advancements in the industry. Chairman Graves is a pilot and Co-Chair of both the House Ge... Read more

  • OSHA Extends Silica Rule Comment Period, Graves Encourages Small Businesses To Make Their Voice Heard
    Posted in Press Releases on January 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended the public comment period for its proposed rule to update OSHA’s standards for worker exposure to crystalline silica dust from January 27, 2014 to February 11, 2014. The extension was made due to concerns regarding possible public confusion due to an error on www.regulations.gov. In September, House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) added the proposed regulation to the Committee’... Read more

  • Graves Welcomes House Passage of Small Business Capital Access and Jobs Preservation Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed House passage of the Small Business Capital Access and Jobs Preservation Act (H.R. 1105), which reduces burdensome regulatory requirements on small and mid-sized private equity funds that often invest in small businesses. The legislation exempts private equity funds from expensive new SEC registration requirements imposed by Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act. “The Dodd-Frank Act creates excessive red tape that inhibits growth, and t... Read more