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  • CNN Money: Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business
    Posted in Articles on January 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America, Contracting, Technology

    Obama's Keystone Pipeline Nix Worries Small Business By Jose Pagliery January 20, 2012 The hopes of some small business owners in the Nebraskan towns of Fairbury and Steele City were crushed when the Obama administration rejected a proposed expansion of the Keystone oil sands pipeline. Extending the Canadian pipeline 1,179 miles to the area promised both towns another chance to bounce back from the ongoing economic crisis. In 2010, when the first line was built, waves of engineers and construct... Read more

  • Luetkemeyer Highlights Concerns of EPA’s Ongoing Assault on Rural America
    Posted in Press Releases on September 29, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) and members of the Rural America Solutions Group today participated in a forum that focused on the destructive job-killing policies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress. The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth forum was sponsored by the Rural America Solutions Group. Luetkemeyer and his colleagues heard from rural Americans who p... Read more

  • Subcommittee Presses EPA Official on Impact of Potential Regulations on Energy Costs, Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    Today, the House Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade held a hearing entitled “Coal Combustion Byproducts: Potential Impact of a Hazardous Waste Designation on Small Businesses in the Recycling Industry.” The hearing examined the potential impact that proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) would have on entrepreneurs in the recycling industry. One of the most useful CCBs is fly ash, whi... Read more

  • Hannibal Courier Post: Cap-and-trade could be sore spot on Obama visit
    Posted in Articles on April 27, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    By Brent Engel, Hannibal Courier-Post President Barack Obama likely will get an earful about cap-and-trade during his visit to the Tri-States. Cap-and-trade is a system of regulating pollution. The federal government would limit the amount of emissions that companies, manufacturers and utilities could produce. The permits could be traded among licensees. Opponents call it government intrusion upon private industry and fear a substantial rise in fuel and energy costs. Supporters say the regulatio... Read more

  • Luetkemeyer: President Should Discuss Real Impacts of Cap-and-Tax on Small Business, Farms
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    As a longtime opponent of the President’s national energy tax, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) today said he was hopeful the President this week would address the serious concerns of family farmers and small businesses in the 9th District about the the devastating impacts of higher energy costs associated with his Administration’s cap-and-trade legislation. The President is scheduled to visit the POET biorefining plant in Macon and tour a local farm on Wednesday. “Our farmers and small busin... Read more

  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer's (R-MO) News for the Ninth
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 12, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    As many of you know, the House of Representatives last year passed cap-and-trade legislation by a narrow margin. I continue to strongly oppose the measure because it is nothing more than a job-killing national energy tax. With the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Missouri hovering around $2.58, consumers cannot afford this legislation which will drive up the cost of nearly every good and service in America. As I listen to the people of the 9th District, it is clear that they understa... Read more

  • Graves, Republican Leaders Introduce Resolution Protecting Small Businesses from Harmful EPA Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) has joined Republican Leadership in introducing a Resolution of Disapproval on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide endangerment finding. The resolution (H.J.Res.77) would prevent the Administration from implementing job-killing regulations that could flow from this finding. Such EPA rules could have a negative effect on productivity and job creation in all sectors of the U.S. economy, including family farms... Read more

  • In Case You Missed It: “Death of Small Business in America”
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on August 17, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Energy

    Yesterday, Fox News’ Glenn Beck held a small business roundtable with small business owners from all over the country. They discussed how President Obama and Speaker Pelosi’s health care reform legislation and the cap and trade tax would devastate small business owners and lead to further job losses. View Clip Here. Read more

  • Small Business Owners Testify in Opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    Today, the House Small Business Committee heard testimony from small business owners who expressed opposition to the Clean Water Restoration Act. Congress enacted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, or the Clean Water Act (CWA), to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” While protecting the nation’s water resources is a goal shared by all, expanding jurisdiction over the nation’s waters has raised concerns that tigh... Read more

  • “Meeting the Needs of Small Businesses and Family Farmers in Regulating our Nation’s Waters”
    Posted in Committee Hearings on July 22, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy, Rural America

    *** COMMITTEE HEARING *** Hearing: “Meeting the Needs of Small Businesses and Family Farmers in Regulating our Nation’s Waters” WASHINGTON- The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled, “Meeting the Needs of Small Businesses and Family Farmers in Regulating our Nation’s Waters,” on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 1:00pm in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Committee will assess the regulatory structure of the United States’ waters and will examine the concerns... Read more