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  • Chairman Graves Statement on August Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on September 7, 2012 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that only 96,000 jobs were created in August while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent due to a drop in the labor force participation rate: “I welcome any jobs, but the weakest recovery since the Great Depression is still not cause for celebration. The unemployment rate has not fallen below 8 percent for the past 43 months. The labor force participation... Read more

  • Week Ahead for the Committee: September 10-14
    Posted in Media Advisories on September 7, 2012 | Preview rr

    Committee to Hold Hearings on the Fiscal Cliff, Aviation User Fees and Medicare Competitive Bidding Program The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of September 10, 2012: On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), will conduct a hearing titled, Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Progra... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in CNBC.com: Jobs Report Falls Short Again
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 7, 2012 | Preview rr

    Jobs Report Falls Short Again By Chairman Sam Graves Friday September 7, 2012 Earlier Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported more disappointing news. The economy created only 96,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and more than 350,000 Americans have dropped out of the work force. While some may focus on the jobs that were created last month, this jobs report is nothing but horrendous. I welcome any jobs. But American workers giving up on employment in the w... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA : Republicans Question Authority, Justification, Use of Treasury's Small Business Definition
    Posted in Articles on September 6, 2012 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Republicans Question Authority, Justification, Use of Treasury's Small Business Definition The administration is using questionable legal authority in its attempt to change the definition of small business, a move which could skew the impact of current tax policy discussions, top congressional Republicans said in a Sept. 6 letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Since 1953, the Small Business Administration has set the government's definitions of small businesses, with the... Read more

  • Graves & Ranking Member Snowe Challenge Sec. Geithner on Definition of Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on September 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about the Department’s attempt to change the definition of a small business. In the letter, Graves and Snowe expressed concern about the legal authority, justification and purported use of new definitions outlined in a Department of Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis report from last Aug... Read more

  • CQ: GOP Lawmakers Criticize Year-Old Report on Defining ‘Small Business’
    Posted in Articles on September 6, 2012 | Preview rr

    CQ: GOP Lawmakers Criticize Year-Old Report on Defining ‘Small Business’ Two GOP lawmakers are angry with Treasury Department officials for a year-old study that offers a narrower definition of “small businesses” than the one often used by Republicans to argue against tax increases on upper-income individuals. In a letter sent Thursday to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, House Small Business Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship ranking Republican Oly... Read more

  • Rep. Mike Coffman in the Denver Business Journal: Small businesses looking over edge of a fiscal cliff
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 24, 2012 | Preview rr

    Small businesses looking over edge of a fiscal cliff By Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Chairman, Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Friday, August 24, 2012 On Jan. 1, 2013, small businesses could be staring down a fiscal cliff of about $600 billion of tax increases and spending cuts, harming our already-fragile economy. Of course, that’s only if Congress fails to reach a compromise. The “fiscal cliff” is what Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has calle... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on the CBO Outlook and Fiscal Cliff
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office report that says a recession is likely next year if Congress fails to act on the fiscal cliff: “I don’t know what could be more convincing to the President and his liberal supporters than this CBO report that shows how tax increases are bad for the economy. On August 1st, the House acted to stave off a tax hike by passing an extension of current tax rates, with 19 Dem... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on July Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2012 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 163,000 jobs were created in July, while the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent: “Persistently high unemployment and slowing GDP growth is not the recovery that the World’s greatest economy should be experiencing. With 42 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent, the President should be focused on private sector growth rather than division, ... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in CNBC.com: Stop The Tax Hike On Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 1, 2012 | Preview rr

    Stop The Tax Hike On Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves Wednesday August 1, 2012 This week, America will have the chance to observe two very different paths in Washington. One road would lead to increased taxes on small businesses, with further dragging down the economy; the other would lead to job creation by stopping a tax hike on the very entities most likely to invest and hire. At the end of this year, a large number of tax rates and provisions will expire and reset to higher levels, inc... Read more