News List

Browse Documents
by Date or Issue:
  • Coffman: PPACA’s Medical Loss Ratio is Bad Policy and Bad for Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee Chairman Mike Coffman (R-CO) today held a subcommittee hearing to examine new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and its effect on job creation. Some have argued that the MLR requirements will ensure that customers receive the most value for their premium dollars. However, insurance agents, many of whom are small business owners and whose customers are often sm... Read more

  • Washington Examiner: ObamaCare Insurance Regs Raise Costs, Kill Jobs
    Posted in Articles on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    ObamaCare Insurance Regs Raise Costs, Kill Jobs By Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner A small business health insurer broker testified today that Obamacare's Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) regulations has cut his revenues, forced many of his competitors out of business, and may end the small business insurance broker industry entirely. "This situation is not sustainable for much longer. I have, thus far, been able to hold on, but many thousands of other agents all across the country who are also worki... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in The Washington Times- Holiday Wish: Economic Certainty
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Oversight

    Holiday Wish: Economic Certainty By Chairman Sam Graves What tops the holiday wish list for American small-business owners? Economic certainty. Certainty is everything for a small business, and Washington is a large part of providing that certainty - or uncertainty. When business owners don’t know what’s on the horizon, they are forced to curtail hiring and halt reinvesting in their business in order to start saving for a possible new legislative policy or regulation from the federal government... Read more

  • Walsh Holds Field Hearing on How Uncertainty Faced by Small Businesses Stunts Job Creation
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2011 | Preview rr

    “Certainty is the number one factor for small business owners in deciding whether they can expand or hire more employees.” WOODSTOCK, ILL.— House Small Business Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee Chairman Joe Walsh (R-IL) today held a field hearing in Woodstock, Ill., to examine how the economic uncertainty facing small business owners is contributing to the jobs crisis. The Subcommittee heard testimony from local businesses regarding these concerns and their recommendations on... 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

  • Graves Discusses Questionable Government Contract on CNN’s AC360
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 9, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting, Oversight

    Graves: "You certainly can't ignore the political connections between the company and the administration.” WASHINGTON, D.C.— Last night, House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) participated in a special report by CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on a suspicious $433-million government contract for a smallpox drug. A joint Small Business Committee and Oversight and Government Reform investigation has revealed potential violations regarding the procurement process, the appearance of a p... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 8, 2011 | Preview rr

    “With our economy struggling to rebound from the downturn, now is not the time to saddle small agriculture producers with higher costs and more onerous regulations that could drive them out of business.” WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today voted in favor of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633), a bipartisan bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust that is already regulated at the l... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in CNBC: Small Business Owners Want Washington to REIN in Regulations
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 7, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Oversight

    Small Business Owners Want Washington to REIN in Regulations By Chairman Sam Graves Last month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the case on the Senate floor that government regulations don’t harm the economy and job creation. I’m not sure which job creators the majority leader is talking to, but almost every small business owner I have talked with tells me that over-regulation is harming their business and preventing them from hiring. Mr. Reid said, “My Republican friends have yet to pro... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on November Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2011 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 120,000 jobs were created in November while the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent: “November’s employment numbers are positive news in a year filled with despair and frustration for many struggling American families and small businesses. But let us not forget about the still outrageously high underemployment rate, which includes part-time... 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