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  • Straight Talk: Tax Compromise Reached, “Doc Fix” Passes House and More...
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2010 | Preview rr

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  • Graves Named Chairman of Small Business Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2010 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) has released the following statement upon being selected by his colleagues to chair the House Small Business Committee in the 112th Congress: “I am humbled and honored to be granted this opportunity to help lead the fight for small businesses in Congress. For too long, small businesses have fallen victim to unstable economic policies created by Washington bureaucrats. We have to make the promotion of American entrepreneurship our to... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Small-Business Groups Parse Tax Deal
    Posted in Articles on December 8, 2010 | Preview rr

    By Sarah Needleman; Wall Street Journal President Obama's newly proposed tax package is being praised, though with cautious optimism, by several of the nation's most prominent small-business advocacy groups. The Republican-backed deal with its temporary extension of Bush-era income tax cuts would have a direct impact on a large segment of entrepreneurs, whose small-business income falls into top tax brackets. Other measures, such as a reduction in payroll taxes for workers, could indirectly bene... Read more

  • USA Today: Would Obama-GOP tax plan be a game-changer for economy?
    Posted in Articles on December 8, 2010 | Preview rr

    By John Waggoner and Paul Davidson; USA Today The sweeping tax deal between the White House and Republicans would help prevent the economy from lapsing back into recession — and may give the recovery the jolt it needs to become self-sustaining, economists say. The agreement, announced Monday, has all the hallmarks of a compromise: No one is entirely happy, but individuals, businesses and investors will all find something to please them. Individuals get lower payroll taxes for a year, businesses ... Read more

  • St. Joseph News Press: Tax breaks for all incomes
    Posted in Articles on December 3, 2010 | Preview rr

    By Ken Newton; St. Joseph News Press Americans might have voted for change in November, but they also wanted certainty, Congressman Sam Graves believes. And an extension of current tax policies before the lame-duck Congress adjourns would have served that purpose, the lawmaker said. “I’d like to see everything kept as it is,” he said Thursday morning. “I think that would do more for the economy than anything else because it brings some certainty back.” By afternoon, Mr. Graves stood disappointed... Read more

  • Graves Statement on Rising Unemployment Rate
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2010 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) has issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate rose from 9.6% to 9.8% in November: “It is disappointing that more than 15 million Americans remained without work in November – but this comes as no surprise considering the bad economic policies that continue to pour out of Washington. “Thousands of American businesses have been unable to plan for holiday hiring or prepare to ... Read more

  • Straight Talk: Higher Taxes for Small Businesses, Unemployment at 9.8% and More
    Posted in Press Releases on December 3, 2010 | Preview rr

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  • Wall Street Journal: Smaller Firms Still Hesitant to Hire
    Posted in Articles on December 2, 2010 | Preview rr

    By Sarah Needleman; Wall Street Journal When it comes to hiring, Main Street remains reluctant to fully open its doors. U.S. small businesses continued to hire in November, this time adding the most jobs in a month's time in nearly three years, according to payroll company Automatic Data Processing Inc. But job growth remains modest compared with prerecession years, and many entrepreneurs say they plan to hold back for some time to come. Small, privately held businesses—companies with fewer than... Read more

  • Graves Votes ‘No’ on Job-Killing Small Business Tax Hike
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2010 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) today voted against a bill to raise taxes on American families and small businesses. The legislation, H.R. 4853, passed the House despite widespread opposition from 168 Republicans and 20 Democrats. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. If we want to encourage a stable recovery, we must do everything we can to help them thrive. While I strongly support a permanent extension of all current tax rates, I refuse to back le... Read more

  • Investor's Business Daily: The Job-Killer Tax
    Posted in Articles on November 30, 2010 | Preview rr

    By Investor's Business Daily Tax Policy: The only issue in this week's talks between President Obama and congressional Republicans is whether to extend all the Bush tax cuts or just those on the middle class. Anything less than all will be a failure. Tuesday's two-hour meeting produced no agreement. Obama tried to sound chipper, calling the meeting "civil." But he warned, "There's no doubt ... differences will remain, no matter how many meetings we have." Well, the only real difference, as Rep. ... Read more