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

  • Committee Passes Graves-Sponsored Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2013 | Preview rr
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    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today reported out the bipartisan Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013 (HR 2542) by voice vote. The legislation strengthens the small business protections in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). The RFA was signed into law in 1980, and the act requires federal agencies to assess the economic impact of their regulations on small businesses, and if the impact is significant, consider alternatives that are less burdensome b... Read more

  • 125 Business Groups Endorse Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013
    Posted in Press Releases on September 17, 2013 | Preview rr
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    On the eve of the House Small Business Committee scheduled markup of the bipartisan Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013 (HR 2452), a coalition of 125 business and manufacturing groups have overwhelmingly endorsed the legislation, touting its potential to help revive the economy and create jobs. The coalition wrote in the letter, “We are writing to express our support for H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation would reform the regul... Read more

  • Graves Highlights New Department of Labor Proposed Regulation in “Small Biz Reg Watch”
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2013 | Preview rr
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    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today added a new proposed rule from the Department of Labor (DoL) to the Committee’s digital resource, Small Biz Reg Watch: the DoL Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed rule to protect workers from inhaling dust containing crystalline silica. Crystalline silica is a natural component of soil, sand, granite and other materials. When workers chip, cut, drill or grind objects that contain crystalline silica, dust is gener... Read more

  • Graves Hails Judiciary Committee Passage of Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2013 | Preview rr
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    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) applauded the Judiciary Committee for favorably reporting the bipartisan Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013 (HR 2542). The legislation was introduced June 28th by Graves and Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-AL). The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) of 1980 requires federal agencies to assess the economic impact of their regulations on small businesses, and if the i... Read more

  • Graves Highlights Two New Proposed Regulations in “Small Biz Reg Watch”
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2013 | Preview rr
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    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today highlighted two new proposed rules from the Obama administration on the Committee’s digital resource, Small Biz Reg Watch: the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) regulation of how companies may publicly market private securities offerings, and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) foreign supplier verification programs for importers of food for humans and animals. Small Biz Reg Watch was launched in January of this year to help... Read more

  • Committee Examines Efforts to Reduce Red Tape with OIRA Administrator Howard Shelanski
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2013 | Preview rr
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    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing examining the Obama administration’s review process to reduce red tape. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Howard Shelanski testified. The hearing examined the effectiveness and results of federal agency reviews of existing regulations, as required by two Executive Orders. Today’s hearing expanded on the testimony from the Committee’s May hearing on the increasing regulatory burde... Read more

  • Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 22, 2013 | Preview rr
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    Listen to Small Businesses’ Red Tape Worries By Chairman Graves July 22, 2013 Government red tape can sometimes reach far beyond what Congress ever intended, and into the realm of the ridiculous. Last week, the Washington Post provided an example. One small businessman, a magician, has an act that includes a small rabbit. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) required him to get a license for his rabbit, pay an annual fee, submit to surprise inspections of his home, and come up wit... Read more

  • For National Small Business Week, Committee Highlights ‘Made in the USA’ Entrepreneurial Stories of Small Manufacturers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2013 | Preview rr
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    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today highlighted the persistence and entrepreneurial spirit of America’s small manufacturers. The Committee invited 14 owners and leaders of small firms to tell their stories in Washington, D.C., for a special National Small Business Week hearing. “These entrepreneurs have great small business success and survival stories,” said Chairman Graves. “Throughout the recession and a very slow recovery, the business climate has bee... Read more

  • Graves Adds Four New Regulations to Small Biz Reg Watch
    Posted in Press Releases on May 29, 2013 | Preview rr
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    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today announced that four new proposed rules have been added to the Committee’s new digital resource, “Small Biz Reg Watch,” including one from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), two from the Department of Transportation (DOT), and one from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Small Biz Reg Watch is a new initiative of the Committee, launched in January, to help small businesses participate in the development of federal regula... Read more