Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Chairman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) today held a field hearing in Rock Hill, S.C., to examine regulatory obstacles to small business job creation, economic growth, and participation in the federal contracting arena. The hearing provided an opportunity for South Carolina small business owners to express their concerns about federal regulatory actions that are prohibiting small business growth, including the health care law, Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and requirements affecting small business procurement opportunities.
“Small businesses are disproportionately burdened by regulatory costs and face challenges competing for federal contracts now more than ever,” said Chairman Mulvaney. “One of the primary reasons that our economy is stagnant is because the private sector, and particularly small businesses, are uncertain about how federal taxes and regulations will impact them, so they are holding back. Small businesses are especially sensitive to expected regulatory policy because they must make important, long-term decisions today on investment, hiring, and expansion in the future.
“Our Committee has kept a particular focus on federal regulations and policies that are adding to the anxieties confronting small businesses. Poll after poll and survey after survey show that small business owners’ most pressing concerns are related to federal regulatory actions. There is no doubt that the federal government can play a role in regulating commerce and protecting consumers, but the current administration has gone way too far, and has become oppressive for job creators. Today’s hearing featured small businesses who can help solve our nation’s jobs crisis, and their message to Washington DC is simply: ‘get out of our way.’”
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Notable Witness Quotes:
Doug Meyer-Cuno, President of Carolina Ingredients in Rock Hill, SC said, “If you regulate us to death, surely you will suffocate us all. At best, Obamacare will weaken our entrepreneurial fortitude; thus, minimizing our country’s sustainability as the world’s greatest economic engine. At worst, we’ll become a society dependent upon government to make our decisions that they think are in our best interests. This isn’t the model our country followed for the first 200 years. Or perhaps our politicians think they know what is best for me. History demonstrates all governments eventually fail under this philosophy. Do I want Obamacare to fuel the government’s desire to mandate me and our business through unaccountable regulations? No thanks, I’ll take my 2% chance of creating a company and surviving twenty years over our government regulating me to death. Historically speaking, the odds of survival are on my side.”
Colonel Charles O’Cain, USAF, Ret., Owner of Owl Business Consulting, LLC in Rock Hill, SC said, “Most small businesses understand and agree that a business should be vetted by the government before being allowed to do business so that the U.S. government does not end up doing business with terrorists, convicted felons, companies that provide poor goods and services, etc. The bottom line is that the process for a company to go through to do business with the government is complicated and they simply do not know where to go to find out what is necessary. The end result is that everyone loses. The small businesses end up not doing business with the government and the government loses by not having millions of more businesses providing excellent goods and services they need to buy. I can help the government solve these problems.”
Monty Felix, CEO of Alaglas Pools in Saint Matthews, SC said, “As an owner of a small company, I depend on the Federal government to regulate industry based on valid and transparent reviews of the scientific, economic and other relevant facts. Unfortunately, recent regulations and other actions by EPA and HHS are not based on valid assessments but appear to be driven by policy decisions that hide the real facts.”
“When President Obama first took office, he made a commitment to the use of sound science and sound analysis. However, it seems this Administration believes that an analysis is “sound” as long as it supports its pro-regulation agenda. I strongly encourage the Small Business Committee to continue its effort to promote business viability, innovation and job growth by holding the Administration to the President’s promises to base regulatory and other decisions on sound, fair and transparent analysis of the relevant facts.”