Week Ahead for the House Small Business Committee: February 3-7

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Committee to Examine FAA’s Impact on Aviation Small Businesses, Duplication in Federal Loan Programs

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of February 3, 2014:

On Wednesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee will conduct a hearing titled, The FAA’s Impact on Small Businesses in the General Aviation Industry. The purpose of the hearing is to discuss ways to improve a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory framework that is often seen as slow-moving, rigid, and out-of-touch with technological advancements in the industry. The hearing will address specific FAA policies that are increasing costs for general aviation small businesses. In addition to chairing the Small Business Committee, Graves is himself a pilot and Co-Chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.

“Between operations and manufacturing, general aviation employs 1.2 million Americans, with the vast majority of aviation businesses being small businesses,” said Chairman Graves. “While our economic recovery continues to struggle to gain momentum, Washington should be enacting policies that help the private sector create jobs, including ensuring the FAA is protecting safety while operating in a way that allows the general aviation industry to thrive.”

On Thursday, February 6, at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, chaired by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), will hold a hearing titled, Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation in Federal Financial Assistance Programs. The hearing will examine overlap and duplication between guaranteed loan programs operated by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Agriculture. Both agencies provide loans to businesses in rural areas, and the Government Accountability Office found the overlap of these programs to be an inefficient use of scarce government resources.

“Duplication between federal agencies is an inefficient use of taxpayer money which can also cause confusion among small business owners,” said Chairman Tipton. “I look forward to discussing ways to reduce duplication and overlap to ensure that these programs are best benefitting the entrepreneurs they are designed to help. 

Watch the hearings live HERE.
 
Event Details
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
The FAA’s Impact on Small Businesses in the General Aviation Industry

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. EST
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation in Federal Financial Assistance Programs

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