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  • Small Biz Straight Talk
    Posted in Straight Talk E-News on December 18, 2009 | Preview rr

    Small Business Friends - The House has completed its work for the year. It has been an extremely challenging year especially for our small business owners. While there have been some positive legislative initiatives from our Committee, the majority leadership in the House has continued to push an agenda that hurts small businesses. The health care bill, cap and trade, runaway spending, and increasing taxes all have a direct impact on our entrepreneurs. As House Republicans we have tried to promo... Read more

  • Small Biz Straight Talk
    Posted in Straight Talk E-News on December 11, 2009 | Preview rr

    News from Ranking Member Sam Graves and Committee Republicans: (Please send any member media activity to angela.landers@mail.house.gov) • Ranking Member Sam Graves in Missouri’s St. Joe News Press: “Obama plans tax cuts; some skeptical” • Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-GA) “The bailout that never ends” • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) “Joins Panama Caucus to Promote Jobs in Florida” • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) “Best Way to Create Jobs is Common Sense, Bi-Partisan Approach” • Rep. Mike Coffman (R-C... Read more

  • Small Biz Straight Talk
    Posted in Straight Talk E-News on December 4, 2009 | Preview rr

    News from Ranking Member Sam Graves and Committee Republicans: (Please send any member media activity to angela.landers@mail.house.gov) • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) in Missouri’s St. Joe News Press: “Estate tax opponents speak out” and “Estate tax measure passes House” • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) spoke on the House Floor about the estate tax and small business. • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO): “House-Passed Estate Tax Bill Would Harm Small Businesses” • Ranking Member Sam Graves ... Read more

  • House-Passed Estate Tax Bill would Harm Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    H.R. 4154, passed today by the House of Representatives, did not consider that many small businesses are capital intensive. At a recent House Small Business Committee hearing on the estate tax, a witness testified that printing companies, which are often family-owned, frequently have large investments in equipment and structures. Printing presses can cost over $3 million each, and sometimes several are needed to operate the company. In addition, printing companies often own rather than lease the... Read more

  • President Obama Kicks Off White House Main Street Tour While Continuing His Anti-Business Agenda
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Tomorrow, President Obama will visit Allentown, Pennsylvania to kick off a White House Main Street Tour that will take him across the country to speak about ideas for economic recovery. Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) of the House Small Business Committee released the following statement: I appreciate the President’s attempt to reach out to business owners on Main Street. However, after ten months of his anti-business agenda, small business owners do not have confidence to hire workers and are ... Read more

  • Small Biz Straight Talk
    Posted in Straight Talk E-News on November 20, 2009 | Preview rr

    News from Ranking Member Sam Graves and Committee Republicans: (Please send any member media activity to angela.landers@mail.house.gov) • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) in Government Executive: “GAO finds extensive fraud in disabled veteran-owned small biz program” • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) in The Hill: “Lawmakers say broadband grants should be more accessible to small firms” • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Committee Member Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) sent a letter to the House... Read more

  • "Oversight of the SBA and its Programs"
    Posted in Opening Statements on November 19, 2009 | Preview rr

    Opening Statement for Hearing on Oversight of the Small Business Administration and its Programs Sam Graves Ranking Member Committee on Small Business United States House of Representatives Washington, DC November 19, 2009 I would like to thank the Chairwoman for holding this important hearing today on Oversight of the Small Business Administration and its programs. I look forward to hearing the insight of all the witnesses about these programs, especially the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Bus... Read more

  • Oversight Hearing Catches $100 Million of Fraud in Small Business Veterans' Program
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2009 | Preview rr

    Today the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that uncovered over $100 million of fraud and abuse in the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) contracting program at the Small Business Administration (SBA). This morning the House Small Business Committee held an oversight hearing to review the report’s findings. Karen Mills, Administrator of the SBA, and Gregory Kutz, Managing Director of Forensic Audits and Special Investigations at the Government Accountab... Read more

  • Lawmakers Call Upon Agencies to Cut Red Tape on Recovery Act Broadband Expansion Grants for Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Technology

    A bipartisan group of 21 lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee wrote the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) today, asking the agencies to lower barriers so small businesses can participate in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s broadband expansion initiatives. The letter, signed by both Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, and Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the Ranking Member ... Read more

  • Small Business Owners Could Be Mandated to Pay Employees' H1N1 Sick Leave
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Workplace Issues

    Today, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee Sam Graves (R-MO) and House Small Business Committee Member Glenn Thompson (R-PA) sent a letter to Chairman George Miller (D-CA) and Ranking Member John Kline (R-MN) of the Education and Labor Committee expressing their concerns about mandating paid leave for H1N1. The Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to discuss H1N1, which will likely examine proposals such as H.R. 3991, the Emergency Influenza Containment Act... Read more