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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 ...

Committee Examines Pandemic Impact and Policies to Drive Recovery During Hearing on Creative Economy

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing surveying the current state of the creative economy and its overall impact on the American economy. The hearing gathered artists and creative workers to testify on the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their industry and ways that Congress can better support them. “The wounds the pandemic inflicted on the arts...

Velázquez Examines Top Challenges Facing SBA During Oversight Hearing

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Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Nydia M Velázquez (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, led a hearing examining the top management and performance challenges facing the Small Business Administration (SBA) according to a report recently published by the SBA Office of the Inspector General (OIG). “Oversight of SBA programs is important now more than ever as we work to address the c...

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 showcases the resiliency of the U.S. economy as we continued to add jobs at a steady pace despite the spread of the Omicron variant. Last month, we added 199K jobs, and wage growth rose to...

Chairwoman Velázquez Statement on November 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 November jobs report: “The November jobs report shows that the economy is working its way toward recovery at a steady pace. The unemployment rate is at its lowest level of the pandemic, more Americans are working or looking for jobs, an...

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