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  • Graves Statement on Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today released the following statement regarding the April jobs report: “This week, we’ve received some contrasting news on the state of the economy and jobs. The economy nearly came to a standstill last quarter at just 0.1 percent growth. However, today’s jobs report has some encouraging signs, but shows that many Americans have stopped looking for jobs or left the workforce altogether. Whether it’s playing politics with the Keystone pip... 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

  • Subcommittee Examines Small Business Access to Rural Broadband in New York Field Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), today conducted a field hearing in rural New York to discuss the need for expanded broadband access for small businesses. The Subcommittee examined the strategy and role of the federal government in expanding broadband capabilities to small businesses, specifically in rural communities. Representatives from various Internet providers and the business community testified about wireless s... Read more

  • Committee Examines Economic Potential of Wireless Innovations from Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing on the impact of wireless technology on small business growth and the overall economy, and the potential challenges and barriers that could limit growth. The Committee received testimony from small businesses that create or rely on innovative wireless technologies about the economic benefits of these advances, and the need for spectrum so that expansion continues. Demand for mobile data soared by 62 percent in ... 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

  • Graves Introduces Small Business Saturday Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on November 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today introduced a resolution to designate a Small Business Saturday and express support for America’s 28 million small businesses. The bipartisan Graves resolution encourages people to shop locally at small businesses in their communities, particularly suggesting November 30, 2013 – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The designation of a Small Business Saturday by Congress helps raise awareness of the impact of small businesses on the U.S. econo... 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

  • Subcommittee Exposes Harmful Impact of Non-Tariff Barriers to Farm Exports and Rural Economic Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, International Trade

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today held a hearing on the impact of foreign sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures on small family farms and agriculture exports. SPS measures are non-tariff food requirements from foreign nations intended to protect the health and safety of their populations and environments. While SPS measures permit all nations to ban products that are unsafe, in too many instances foreig... Read more

  • Committee Hearing Highlights Small Business Strategies in a Recession
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today showcased success strategies that helped small firms survive the challenging economy. The hearing was titled, Tales of Resilience: Small Business Survival in the Recession. Despite the tough economy, some small businesses had successful growth strategies. The Committee examined their business models and methods of adaptability during the worst of the recession. Small firms were hit particularly hard dur... Read more

  • Hearing on Expanding Broadband Access with Three Federal Agencies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business today held a hearing appraising the role of the federal government in expanding broadband access to small businesses across the country. The Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), expressed the need to bring more access and certainty to rural and unserved areas. “One of the most important tools the Internet offers to businesses is the ability to access the global electronic marketplace,” said Chairman Graves. “Increased access will allow ... Read more