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Chairwoman Velázquez Opening Statement at Committee Markup of Small Business Relief Legislation

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Washington, D.C.— Today, during a markup of the House Small Business Committee’s reconciliation proposal, Chairwoman Nydia M. Velazquez delivered the following remarks: As Prepared for Delivery “Today, we will be considering legislation to further help our nation’s small employers’ power through this unprecedented crisis. “In the first CARES bill, Congress enacted the Paycheck Protection Program a... Read more »

Committee Approves $50 Billion in Small Business Aid for COVID Relief Package

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), approved legislation to provide small businesses with $50 billion in emergency aid to recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The bill now goes to the House Budget Committee to be included in a comprehensive aid package. “After suffering through this pandemic for nearly a year, millions of s... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez on January 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 January jobs report: “The January jobs report removes any doubt that our economic recovery is stalling. The economy added just 49,000 jobs last month, long term unemployment is up, and our jobs deficit since February remains higher than... Read more »

Velázquez and Mfume Urge President Biden to Prioritize Small Business Under Defense Production Act

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Vice-Chair Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking his administration to prioritize small businesses in his efforts to leverage the Defense Production Act (DPA) to fight medical supply shortages. “Ensuring small businesses are part of any efforts to leverage DPA against COVID-1... Read more »

Velázquez Stresses Need for Bold Action During Hearing on the State of the Small Business Economy During COVID

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee under Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) held a hybrid hearing examining the small business economy’s current state amid the ongoing pandemic. This was the first full committee hearing of the 117th Congress and provided lawmakers with a comprehensive view of the reality that business owners face as the pandemic rages on. During her rema... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez Announces Subcommittee Chairs and Assignments for 117th Congress

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the five subcommittee chairs and the members that will serve on them during the 117th Congress. Subcommittee chairs were selected via seniority and confirmed unanimously by other members during the committee’s organizational meeting. “Our new subcommittee chairs represent a diverse array of distr... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez Applauds President Biden’s “Buy American” Executive Order

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement following President Biden signing a “Buy American” executive order for government procurement: “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic created a once in a lifetime crisis for American small businesses. Since the start of his campaign, President Biden has stressed the need for an equit... Read more »

Velázquez Announces Democratic Committee Members for 117th Congress

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the Committee’s Democratic roster for the 117th Congress. The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee selected the Members and the Democratic Caucus voted for their approval. “I am pleased to welcome this talented group of lawmakers to the Committee for the 117th Congress,” said Chairwoman ... Read more »

Chairwoman Velázquez Statement on December 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 December jobs report: “The December jobs report marks yet another big miss on employment numbers and shows that our recovery is not on an acceptable path. This report serves as another stark warning sign about the state of the American ... Read more »

Velázquez Welcomes New Members to Small Business Committee

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) welcomed three new members to the Committee following their nomination by the House Democratic Steering Committee. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA), and Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL) will serve on the Committee during the 117th Congress. “As we enter the 117th Congress, small businesses ... Read more »

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