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Mfume Seeks to Strengthen 8(a) Program to Support Disadvantaged Businesses

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, led by Chairman Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), held a hearing examining the current state of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program. Congress created the 8(a) program to level the playing field in the procurement space and allow disadvantaged businesses to compete for federal contracts...

Velázquez Looks to Antitrust to Promote Fair Competition for Small Businesses

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee under Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) held a hearing surveying antitrust laws and their potential to root out anticompetitive practices that harm small businesses. The hearing gathered experts and former government officials to testify on the state of antitrust enforcement and the current competitive environment for small firms. “The...

Chairwoman Velázquez on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement after President Biden’s State of the Union address: “Tonight, President Biden detailed the remarkable recovery of the economy and American small businesses during his administration. When the President took office, small businesses were amidst a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. Now...

Chairwoman Velázquez Announces March Hearings

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced several committee hearings throughout March: Tuesday, March 1, 2022- 10 A.M.- Hybrid Hearing: Competition and the Small Business Landscape: Fair Competition and a Level Playing Field Wednesday, March 2, 2022- 11 A.M.- Hybrid Hearing: The 8(a) Program: Overview and Next Steps to Promote Small Busi...

Chairwoman Velázquez on Passing of Congressman Jim Hagedorn

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Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has released the following statement on the passing of Congressman Jim Hagedorn: “I am deeply saddened to hear that Congressman Hagedorn, a valued member of the Small Business Committee for many years, has lost his hard fought battle to cancer. "Though we sat on different sides of the aisle, I respected Congressman Hagedorn’s commitment to ...

Chairwoman Velázquez on House Passage of America COMPETES Act

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement after the House passed the America COMPETES Act of 2022: “Today, the House took an important step by passing the America COMPETES Act, a bold and comprehensive package that will make our economy and small businesses more competitive. As our country works to recover from the p...

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 is more proof that President Biden’s economic plan has our country on the right track. Despite all the challenges the rapid spread of Omicron presented, our economy beat expectations and add...

Committee Passes Five Bipartisan Bills

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee, passed five bipartisan bills to improve key Small Business Administration (SBA) entrepreneurial development programs, consolidate information for small business owners online, and increase representation for small firms in trade negotiations and other international economic matters. “SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs provide cri...

Velázquez and Chu Urge SBA to Utilize SVOG to Help Small Businesses Hurt by Omicron

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Washington, D.C.— Yesterday, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) penned a letter to the Small Business Administration (SBA) calling on the agency to continue efforts to help live venues through the Shuttered Venue Grant Operator (SVOG) program. To date, the SVOG program has delivered $14 billion in emergency grants to theatres,...

Chairwoman Velázquez Announces February Hearings

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Washington, D.C.— Today, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced several committee hearings throughout February: Thursday, February 3, 2022- 10 A.M.- Hybrid: Full Committee Markup Tuesday, February 15, 2022- 11 A.M.- Remote Hearing: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s Benefits for Small Businesses (Subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural ...

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