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  • Collins Subcommittee Examines Small Business Cyber-Security Challenges With New Technologies
    Posted in Press Releases on March 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (R-NY) today led a hearing to examine the increased volume and complexity of cyber-attacks on small business, especially as new technologies present new challenges, and the role of the federal government in helping address cyber-security issues. “It is nearly impossible to conduct business today without the Internet and a strong digital infrastructure,” said Chairman Collins (R-NY). “Cyber-criminal attacks on small... 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

  • Ellmers Requests Update From Sebellius on Health IT Safety Concerns
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), inquiring about whether the Department has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendations for improving the safety of health information technology (IT). The report, issued in November, recommended several steps to be taken by HHS and called for greater oversight by the public and private sectors. The IOM... Read more

  • Graves Applauds FCC’s Decision To Block Lightsquared
    Posted in Press Releases on February 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to block LightSquared’s planned broadband network due to its interference with the Global Positioning System (GPS): “Broadband investment provides substantial benefits to both consumers, small business owners, and the overall economy particularly in e-commerce, agriculture, education, health care, and other sectors. But our position has always been that Lig... Read more

  • Washington Post: Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal
    Posted in Articles on January 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Access to Capital, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Technology, Oversight

    Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal By J.D. Harrison, Washington Post Lawmakers and small business advocacy groups today applauded the President Obama’s decision to add a cabinet seat for the head of the Small Business Administration, but many were hesitant to back his broader proposal to restructure part of the federal government. On the heels of the president’s announcement that SBA Administrator Karen Mills would join his cabinet, Senator Mary... Read more

  • Graves and Hall Announce Deal On SBIR Reauthorization
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) tonight announced that a deal to reauthorize the SBIR/STTR program, which was set to expire on December 16th, has been agreed upon. Legislation to reauthorize the program will be included as an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “The SBIR and STTR programs are one of government’s most effective programs for spurring innovative ideas among... Read more

  • Ellmers Subcommittee Examines Issues Facing Small Businesses in Combating Cyber Terrorism
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    “Statistics also show that nearly 60 percent of small businesses will close within six months after a cyber attack. Given the fact that small companies are our nation’s best job creators and economic drivers— this is greatly alarming.” WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Healthcare and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today held a subcommittee hearing to examine the issues faced by small businesses in combating cyber security threats, including the role of the federal gov... Read more

  • Hearing on LightSquared’s Impact on Small Businesses TODAY
    Posted in Media Advisories on October 11, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing entitled, “LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users.” The hearing focused on the impact on small businesses that may result from LightSquared’s use of its spectrum to provide broadband service near the Global Positioning System (GPS). Small businesses, including farmers, construction contractors, surveyors, and the general aviation industry, rely on the accuracy of GPS. Potential interference with GPS raises significant concern... Read more

  • Roll Call: GOP Members Want Small-Business Owners to Sound Off
    Posted in Articles on September 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    GOP Members Want Small-Business Owners to Sound Off By Jessica Estepa, Roll Call Republican members of the House Small Business Committee are launching an online initiative Friday to invite small-business owners to share their stories and opinions on policies. The Small Biz Open Mic, which will be hosted on the GOP’s committee website, will allow business owners to send their feedback directly to the committee, whether it’s through a written response or a video testimonial. “To do our jobs well... Read more

  • Small Business Subcommittee Chairwoman Renee Ellmers To Deliver Weekly Republican Address
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Technology

    WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced yesterday that House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Chairwoman Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) will discuss Republicans’ job creation plan in the party’s weekly address on Saturday, June 25. “As Washington remains focused on the economy, the House of Representatives has led Congress in passing legislation that unleashes the power of our nation’s job creators and provides a more certain environment for private sector... Read more