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  • GAO Again Confirms Collaboration Among National Trade Programs Lacking
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report today upholding the widespread sentiment among the business community that the federal government must enhance collaboration with state and local trade partners, ultimately leading to more small business exports. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) requested the report. “More than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the borders of the United States, and the ability to serve these consumers is impo... Read more

  • Tipton Subcommittee Analyzes the Impact of Unfair Trade Practices on Small Business Exporting
    Posted in Press Releases on May 22, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today conducted a hearing to examine the challenges of combating unfair international trade practices, such as dumping, intellectual property (IP) theft, currency manipulation, and other non-tariff barriers to trade and their impact on small business exporting. Trade has become an integral part of the modern economy. American businesses of all sizes exported nearly $2.3 trillion ... Read more

  • Graves Statement On President Obama’s Trade Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on February 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statement on President Obama’s executive order to expedite the completion of the International Trade Data System by December 2016: “Although 95 percent of the world’s market exists outside the United States, only one percent of small businesses participate in the international trade process, and this is primarily due to the complicated and duplicative export process,” said Chairman Graves. “The President’s executive... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Efforts to Develop New Trade Markets with USTR Official
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the presiding chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), today examined the progress of efforts to open new markets for small exporters with James Sanford, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Small Business, Market Access and Industrial Competitiveness. The Subcommittee examined the status and impact of trade policy on small firms, and heard testimony regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the Trans-Pacific ... Read more

  • GAO Report: Better Management of Trade Programs Are Needed to Help Small Businesses Export
    Posted in Press Releases on August 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report today confirming that the federal government needs to better manage, collaborate and promote trade programs so that export resources can be more efficient, ultimately leading to more small business exports. The report also recommends that Congress have a stronger oversight role to ensure that agencies don't duplicate actions, which leads to a more efficient use of taxpayer funding. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves... Read more

  • Small Businesses Outline Priorities for New U.S. Trade Representative
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today heard testimony from a diverse panel of small business leaders on their recommendations for the new United States Trade Representative (USTR) on how to promote exports by small companies and create American jobs. Last week, the United States launched trade negotiations with the European Union that could shape the future for small businesses in world markets, and Michael Froman was sworn in as the new USTR to advance Ame... Read more

  • NSBA Survey Proves Small Businesses Need A Simplified Trade Process
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed new survey findings on small business export trends and highlighted Committee Member-sponsored legislation to build on growing interest in world markets. The 2013 Small Business Exporting Survey, released today by the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and its international trade arm, the Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA), found growth in small business exports over the past three years and a surging inter... Read more

  • Barriers Hamper Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Barriers Hamper Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves, Rep. Steve Chabot and Rep. Scott Tipton May 21, 2013 Although we’ve seen signs of a slowly improving economy, we must remember that our nation’s potential is far better than this. Despite the improved unemployment rate, there is a combination of data points that is cause for concern. April’s 165,000-job gain is slower than previous months, and the underemployment rate — which includes those who have stopped looking or settled for part-tim... Read more

  • Tipton Subcommittee Examines Policies That Would Increase Small Business Exports
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today led a hearing on the obstacles and barriers that deter small businesses from participating in international trade. In addition to exposing challenges facing small business exporters, the hearing highlighted trade policy initiatives for the 113th Congress. “Considering that less than one percent of all American small businesses export, Washington should be doing everything possible to help open n... 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