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  • Speaker Pelosi's Health Care Passes; Small Businesses Brace for Higher Taxes, Mandates
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    This evening, H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill, passed by a vote of 220 to 215. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, one-third of the total estimated cost of the bill will be paid for by increasing taxes on businesses. Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) of the House Small Business Committee offered an amendment to strike the employer mandate on businesses, yet the amendment was not made in order by the House Rules Committee for floor consideration. His remarks on the House fl... Read more

  • Unemployment Hits Highest Rate Since 1983; Small Business Jobs on Steady Decline
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported that unemployment in the U.S. rose to 10.2%, with 190,000 Americans losing their jobs in October. In addition to the Department of Labor’s data, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) released a report on Wednesday showing that businesses with less than 50 employees shed 75,000 private sector jobs in October. Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) of the House Small Business Committee commented: “The unemployment rate released today is unacceptable. The White House and S... Read more

  • Ranking Member Sam Graves: H.R. 3962 Fails Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on November 6, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Dear Colleague: Below are some additional important considerations to take into account when deciding your vote for or against the anti-small business provisions contained in H.R. 3962. 5.5 Million Jobs Lost in the Worst Economy in Generations: Not only will H.R. 3962 increase health insurance premiums for small businesses and their workers, but it imposes more than $136 billion in taxes on businesses that can’t afford government approved insurance for their workers. President Obama’s Chair of ... Read more

  • Small Biz Straight Talk
    Posted in Straight Talk E-News on November 6, 2009 | Preview rr

    News from Ranking Member Sam Graves and Committee Republicans: (Please send any member media activity to angela.landers@mail.house.gov) • Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK), Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) all spoke out on the House Floor on Speaker Pelosi’s Health Care bill. View the clips here. • Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO): “Oppose... Read more

  • Death Tax Looms Over Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Members of the House Small Business Committee today heard testimony from leaders in the small business community on the estate tax, or death tax. Without action from Congress before 2011, family farms and entrepreneurs may find their companies at risk. Current law, which would phase out the estate tax for those who die in 2010 only, is scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2011. If Congress does nothing, a top marginal estate tax rate of 55%, and an exemption of just $1 million, would again take ef... Read more

  • “Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to
    Posted in Opening Statements on November 4, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Opening Statement Ranking Member Sam Graves House Committee on Small Business Hearing: “Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farms” November 4, 2009 Madam Chairwoman, thank you for calling this hearing on the very important topic of the estate tax. Special thanks to our witnesses who have taken time from their busy schedules to be here today. Entrepreneurs are struggling. They are responding to our difficult economy by working to ex... Read more

  • "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farmers"
    Posted in Media Advisories on November 3, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Rural America

    The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled "Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms to Meet the Needs of Small Firms and Family Farmers." The hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee will evaluate ways to improve current laws to ensure that small firms can continue to grow for future generations. Witnesses will testify on issues surrounding the estate tax and their impact... Read more

  • New York Post: Biggest Loser of 'Reform': Small Biz
    Posted in Articles on November 2, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    By Grace-Marie Turner, New York Post Small businesses have the highest hopes for health reform, but they'd be big losers under the bills Congress is debating. For more than 20 years, small-business owners have listed health costs as their No. 1 concern. But leading "reform" bills would make things worse -- ballooning expenses for firms that now offer insurance and slamming companies that can't afford the benefit. The 1,990-page bill the House leadership unveiled Thursday would impose a dizzying ... Read more

  • In Case You Missed It: Biggest Loser of 'Reform': Small Biz
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on November 2, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Small businesses have the highest hopes for health reform, but they'd be big losers under the bills Congress is debating. For more than 20 years, small-business owners have listed health costs as their No. 1 concern. But leading "reform" bills would make things worse -- ballooning expenses for firms that now offer insurance and slamming companies that can't afford the benefit. The 1,990-page bill the House leadership unveiled Thursday would impose a dizzying barrage of new regulations on employ... Read more

  • House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves Opposes Speaker Pelosi’s Government-Run Health Care Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on November 2, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Last week, Speaker Pelosi unveiled a government-run health care plan - running 1,990 pages long and costing $1.3 trillion. H.R. 3962, or Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill, will raise taxes on small businesses and cut nearly $500 billion from the Medicare program, hurting America's seniors and families. House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) released the attached radio actuality expressing his opposition to the health care bill. The U.S. House of Representatives could beg... Read more