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Statement of the Hon. Bradley Schneider on Supply Chain Resiliency

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Good morning and thank you all for being here. I’d like to especially thank the witnesses for taking time out of their busy schedule to be with us this morning. I also want to thank the Small Business Committee staff for their diligent work during this unique time. It is no secret that small businesses are reeling from the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic which brought entire sectors of the U.S. econo... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez on The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Status Update from the Administration

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We are meeting today to conduct an important oversight hearing on SBA’s implementation of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or as some call it, the EIDL (pronounced IDLE) program, which was activated on March 12, making it the first economic relief program to assist small businesses adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. I’d like to thank Mr. James Rivera, the Associate Administr... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on An Overview of the Dynamics Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors.

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The Defense Production Act, or DPA, was enacted seventy years ago – after the outbreak of the Korean War – in an effort to spur industrial production to meet wartime needs. At that time, the nation was ill-prepared for another war following World War II. To bolster our country’s defense infrastructure, the President requested authorities to mobilize our domestic industry to increase production of ... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez on Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness and Other Challenges

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Over the last few months, the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented public health crisis. Congress took swift steps to address both, but today we will be focusing on the Paycheck Protection Program – created by the CARES Act. The Paycheck Protection Program is a sub-program of the 7(a) loan guarantee program, and began with almost $350 billion for fully guaranteed, forgivable loans desi... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez on The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: A View from Main Street

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Over the last few months, the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented public health crisis AND a dire economic crisis. We have lost over 110,000 people to the disease and 40 million remain unemployed. Back in February, as the pandemic was getting worse, we knew we needed to take action to help our small businesses survive the economic downturn. We started working with the SBA and Governor... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez “The Impact of Coronavirus on America’s Small Businesses

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Not only has coronavirus caused thousands of tragic deaths around the globe, this public health crisis also threatens the fabric of our economy, which is woven together by small businesses. Already, economists have lowered global forecasts with the dimmest outlooks predicting a fall from nearly 3 percent to just 1 percent growth due to the uncertainty and disruptions inflicted by the virus. Here i... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velazquez Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses

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The key to long term growth in our economy is to make sure we are creating an environment that encourages innovation. That is why since last January we have held hearings on how the digital ecosystem promotes entrepreneurship, how small firms are leading the way in the clean energy economy, and solutions to decrease barriers for women and minorities seeking patents and trademarks. Today’s hearing ... Read more »

Statement of The Hon. Andy Kim on South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.: Online Sales Taxes and their Impact on Main Street

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America’s small businesses are a catalyst for creating employment opportunities and driving growth in the U.S. economy. That is because the 30 million small firms in the U.S. represent over 99 percent of all employers, and support nearly 56 million jobs. That is why we need to be enacting policies that help small businesses deliver the products, services, jobs, innovation, and income that American... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on Moving America’s Infrastructure Forward

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Whether it’s the roads, rails, and bridges that we use to transport our goods, the utility systems that power our factories, or the telecommunications networks that connect consumers to businesses, maintaining America’s infrastructure is fundamental to a robust economy and to the nation’s competitiveness. Historically, America’s infrastructure network has fostered strong economies and allowed us t... Read more »

Statement of the Hon. Nydia M. Velázquez on A Discussion with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza: Current Issues and the FY2021 Budget

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Today, we have the opportunity to welcome the Honorable Jovita Carranza, the 26th Administrator of the Small Business Administration, to our Committee. While there are many political and ideological differences represented on this Committee, one thing we all agree on is the importance of small businesses to our nation’s economy. America’s 30 million small businesses are the cornerstones of our com... Read more »

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