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Chairwomen Velázquez, Maloney, Chu, and Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chairs, lead over 160 Members of Congress in Denouncing Ideological Attacks on Planned Parenthood Health Centers over PPP Loans

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Washington, D.C.—Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, led 161 other members of C... Read More »

Crow Hosts Forum Examining the Issues Facing Small Business Insurance Policyholders Related to COVID-19

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Today, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development, under Chairman Jason Crow (D-CO), held a virtual forum focused on the issues facing small businesses trying to make business interruption insurance claims related to COVID-19. “At a time when millions of small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the unemployment rate is at levels not seen since the depressi... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez Announces Virtual Committee Events in May

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced several Committee virtual events throughout the month of May: Wednesday, May 13 – 1 PM: Bipartisan Virtual Forum: A Conversation with SBA Lenders Friday, May 15 – 10 AM: First Look: SBA Office of Inspector General Preliminary PPP Report Wednesday, May 20 – 1 PM: Bipartisan Virtual Forum: The Effe... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez on The Heroes Act

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement on the introduction of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act: “As the impact of coronavirus continues to devastate Main Streets across America, the Heroes Act is the next step towards rebooting our economy and ensuring relief is reaching small businesses. “The Heroes Act would continue t... Read More »

Velázquez Announces the Addition of Newly Elected Congressman Kweisi Mfume to Committee

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Washington, D.C.— Today, Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the addition of Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) to the Committee’s roster of members. The appointment marks a return to the Committee for Rep. Mfume, who previously sat on the Committee during his prior tenure in Congress and served as the Chair of the then Subcommittee on Minority Enterprise, Finance, and Urban Development. “It is m... Read More »

Chairs Velázquez and Grijalva: PPP Loan Distribution Must be Equitable for Small Businesses in U.S. Territories

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) penned a letter to the Department of the Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) on disparities that have emerged in the allocation of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the U.S. territories. New data shows that aid is ... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez on Status of Second Round PPP Loan Funding

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Washington, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement on the status of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) implementation as Congress’ second round of funding is disbursed: “As the second round of PPP funding kicks in, I remain deeply concerned that the Trump Administration is continuing to fail to uphold the law and preventing assis... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez on Debate of New Small Business Relief Bill

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) spoke on the House floor on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: “I rise in support of America’s 30 million small businesses and their hardworking employees. Three weeks ago, when Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program, ... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez on Bipartisan Deal to Fund Small Business Relief Programs, Set-Aside Funding for Community Lenders

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Washington, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement in response to the bipartisan deal struck on the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act: “I want to thank House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters for their tireless efforts to... Read More »

Velázquez on Status of SBA COVID-19 Relief Loan Funding

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement on the status of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program: “The intent of the Paycheck Protection Program has always been to help Main Street businesses across America that are facing gut-wrenching decisions over payroll costs, rent bills, and the health and safety of thei... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez Urges Treasury and Federal Reserve to Prioritize Aiding Small Businesses

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) led nine Democratic committee members in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell regarding steps the agencies can take to better assist small businesses, sole-proprietors, and self-employed individuals as they take steps to support the overall economy. “With... Read More »

Velázquez Calls on FDA to Ease Restrictions around Hand Sanitizer so Small Distillers Can Aid in Production

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Washington, D.C.— As small distillers step up to aid in the production of hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led nine committee Members in a bipartisan letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to update its guidance and allow for the use of undenatured alcohol in hand sanitizer production du... Read More »

Velázquez Says Trump Administration Not Enacting COVID-19 Small Business Relief as Congress Intended

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza expressing concern over the rollout of new laws passed by Congress that provide aid to small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am extremely concerned that underserved microbusinesses, small busines... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez on March Jobs Report

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement after the Labor Department released its March jobs statement: “Unfortunately, the March jobs report comes amid the ravishing of the COVID-19 virus, which has inflicted devastating harm on the physical and economic well-being of Americans and the global community. “Few have bo... Read More »

Chairwoman Velázquez Speaks on House Floor in Support of CARES Act

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Washington, D.C.—Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) spoke on the House floor in support of the CARES Act, the third major federal relief bill for Americans hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic: As Prepared for Delivery “Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise in support of this vital package. Our nation faces an unprecedented crisis. The coronavirus has spread quickly, in... Read More »

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