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  • Floor Statement: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (HR 527)
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) House Committee on Small Business Floor Statement on H.R. 527, The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 December 1, 2011 CLICK HERE to watch the video (Remarks as Prepared) I rise today in support of H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011. I was an original cosponsor and want to thank Chairman Smith for the opportunity to work with him on this important piece of legislation. Opponents will argue that the bill stops agencies from issuin... Read more

  • House Passes Small Business Committee Bill To Address Regulatory Burdens
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    House Passes Small Business Committee Bill To Address Regulatory Burdens “Economic recovery begins with our small businesses but this will not happen unless we rein in the mass of regulations coming from Washington” WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after the House passed the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (HR 527) by a vote of 263-159: “According to an October Gallup poll, small business owners cited c... Read more

  • Small Business Committee Examines SBA Disaster Assistance Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2011 | Preview rr

    “Major disasters in our recent past have taught us many valuable lessons; one of those is that the SBA must be better equipped to process loan applications instead of burdening victims with endless paperwork, misinformation and delays.” WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today held a full committee hearing to examine the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) programs that provide long-term disaster recovery assistance. The hearing focused on the SBA’s imp... Read more

  • Graves: Shop Small on Small Business Saturday
    Posted in Press Releases on November 21, 2011 | Preview rr

    “Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity for consumers to get their holiday shopping accomplished, while supporting small businesses that will help bolster the economy.” WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) is urging consumers to support their local small companies on Small Business Saturday, a national initiative that marks the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a day to support local businesses around the country. Graves introduced H.Res. 468 in the ... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in Roll Call: Tax Reform Should Include Individual Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    Tax Reform Should Include Individual Reform By Chairman Sam Graves November 17, 2011 The Internal Revenue Code is nearly 70,000 pages and about 3.8 million words long. It is highly unlikely that anyone would dispute that this complex and confusing system is in dire need of reform — especially for small businesses. Tax reform is critical to the nation’s ability to create jobs and grow the economy. This is particularly important for small companies — our nation’s best job creators, responsible fo... Read more

  • Tipton: The Last Thing Small Agriculture Businesses Need is More Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2011 | Preview rr

    “At a time when one out of 10 Americans are out of work— we should be rolling back unnecessary regulations, not creating new ones.” WASHINGTON, DC— Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today held a hearing to examine the ramifications on farmers and other small businesses of possible regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Specifically, the hearing focused on the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements... Read more

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week Should Prompt the President to Reexamine His Anti-Business Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on November 16, 2011 | Preview rr

    “Entrepreneurs are the driving force behind our economy and our best job creators. With so much economic instability around the globe, innovators and business owners are the answer for restoring growth and creating jobs.” WASHINGTON, DC— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an annual week to celebrate and inspire innovators who launch startups that drive economic growth and create jobs. GEW also seek... Read more

  • Small Business Optimism Index Remains Extremely Low
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2011 | Preview rr

    Small Business Optimism Index Remains Extremely Low Chairman Graves: “The House has passed 22 bipartisan bills that would help improve the issues that small businesses are pessimistic about, but the Senate won’t bring them up for a vote” WASHINGTON— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the October NFIB Small Business Optimism Index. The monthly Small-Business Optimism Index experienced a small uptick, of 1.3 points, from the previous m... Read more

  • Mulvaney Holds Field Hearing on Small Business Federal Contracting
    Posted in Press Releases on November 8, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    “Making it easier for small firms to get their fair share of contracting opportunities will spark job growth in our communities and ensure that taxpayer dollars are used as efficiently as possible.” SUMTER, S.C.— Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) today held a field hearing in Sumter, S.C., to examine barriers for small business contractors with the Department of Defense. The hearing focused on a contract given by the Navy to a firm based in Montgomery, Ala., to... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on October Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on November 4, 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 80,000 jobs were created in October while the unemployment rate fell to nine percent: “New claims for unemployment benefits were down last week and U.S. workers' productivity rose in the third quarter for the first time this year. While there are signs that the economy is improving, there are more signs that the economy is still in a historic... Read more