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  • Graves, Hanna Welcome Senate Passage of NDAA with Two Committee Contracting Provisions
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, hailed Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 (H.R. 3304), including two small business contracting provisions that originated in the House Small Business Committee. “Given the opportunity, small businesses can often do excellent work for less money. Our priority is to ensure the door is open so that sm... Read more

  • Joint-Hearing Finds The Use Of Reverse Auction Contracts Limits Competition, Increases Costs For Taxpayer
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), today held a joint-hearing with the Veterans' Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations to examine the uses of reverse auction contracts in the federal government, focusing on its budgetary impact, its effect on competition, and whether additional guidance or legislation is necessary to address its inefficiencies. Under a reverse auction, companies conti... Read more

  • Committee Presses the Administration on Mismanagement of Obamacare Small Business Health Options Program
    Posted in Press Releases on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Oversight

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges, their management failures and what the future holds for small businesses. The SHOP exchanges were touted as the health care law’s mechanism to assist small businesses in identifying, comparing, and purchasing health insurance coverage for their employees. The purpose of the hearing was to clarify the status of the establishment of both the federally-run and ... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Rep. Graves: Management Failures of SHOP Marketplaces Part of 'Disturbing Trend'
    Posted in Articles on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Bloomberg BNA: Rep. Graves: Management Failures of SHOP Marketplaces Part of 'Disturbing Trend' December 11, 2013 By Sara Hansgard (BNA) The management failures of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act are part of a “disturbing trend” exhibited by the Obama administration in implementing the law, the chairman of the House Small Business Committee said at a hearing Dec. 11. “Small firms are burdened already by the health-care law's... Read more

  • CMS Deputy Administrator Gary Cohen To Testify On Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Wednesday
    Posted in Media Advisories on December 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight

    Week Ahead for the Committee: December 9-13 Committee to Hold Hearing on Small Business Health Options Program, Joint Subcommittee Hearing on Reverse Auctions in Federal Acquisitions WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of December 9, 2013: On Wednesday, December 11, at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Committee's Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the Veterans' Affairs Committee's Subcommittee ... Read more

  • Rice Subcommittee Analyzes Post-Recession Small Business Lending Environment
    Posted in Press Releases on December 5, 2013 | Preview rr

    The House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, under the chairmanship of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), today held a hearing to examine the current state of lending for small businesses and their access to functional capital. Recently, there has been an increase in the number of small loans issued, with 1.7 million more loans under $1 million issued in the second quarter of 2013 than the same time period in 2011, but overall, the number of small loans has not returned t... Read more

  • Committee Examines Effects of Obamacare’s Business Aggregation Rules
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    The House Small Business Committee today examined the health care law’s application of the business aggregation rules and the concerns they raise for small businesses. The health care law requires businesses that employ 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees to offer health insurance to their full-time employees. One critical issue is the definition of “employee,” while an equally important issue is determining which employees are attributed to the business. The answer may be sim... Read more

  • Graves Welcomes House Passage of Small Business Capital Access and Jobs Preservation Act
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations

    Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed House passage of the Small Business Capital Access and Jobs Preservation Act (H.R. 1105), which reduces burdensome regulatory requirements on small and mid-sized private equity funds that often invest in small businesses. The legislation exempts private equity funds from expensive new SEC registration requirements imposed by Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act. “The Dodd-Frank Act creates excessive red tape that inhibits growth, and t... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Health-Care Law Business Aggregation Rules Cause Confusion for Small Businesses
    Posted in Articles on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Health-Care Law Business Aggregation Rules Cause Confusion for Small Businesses December 04, 2013 By Sara Hansard (BNA) -- Affordable Care Act rules that determine whether a business must provide health insurance to employees or make large “shared responsibility” payments are too complicated for most small companies and should be changed, a panel of witnesses testified Dec. 4 at a House Small Business Committee hearing. Employers with the equivalent of at least 50 full-time employ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair
    Posted in Articles on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr

    Wall Street Journal: Small Businesses Say ACA’s Aggregation Rules Unfair By Sarah E. Needleman December 4, 2013 Donna Baker of Adrian, Mich., owns an accounting firm, payroll company and retail store. Her husband, Kim, is the sixth generation owner of a dairy farm. While the four businesses are separate entities, they count as one employer under the health-care law due to a technicality — Mrs. Baker is a minority stakeholder in the 1,800-acre property that her husband’s farm sits on, plus she h... Read more