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  • Subcommittee Exposes Harmful Impact of Non-Tariff Barriers to Farm Exports and Rural Economic Growth
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, International Trade

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, under the chairmanship of Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), today held a hearing on the impact of foreign sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures on small family farms and agriculture exports. SPS measures are non-tariff food requirements from foreign nations intended to protect the health and safety of their populations and environments. While SPS measures permit all nations to ban products that are unsafe, in too many instances foreig... Read more

  • Committee Hearing Highlights Small Business Strategies in a Recession
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Rural America

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today showcased success strategies that helped small firms survive the challenging economy. The hearing was titled, Tales of Resilience: Small Business Survival in the Recession. Despite the tough economy, some small businesses had successful growth strategies. The Committee examined their business models and methods of adaptability during the worst of the recession. Small firms were hit particularly hard dur... Read more

  • Hearing on Expanding Broadband Access with Three Federal Agencies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Committee on Small Business today held a hearing appraising the role of the federal government in expanding broadband access to small businesses across the country. The Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), expressed the need to bring more access and certainty to rural and unserved areas. “One of the most important tools the Internet offers to businesses is the ability to access the global electronic marketplace,” said Chairman Graves. “Increased access will allow ... Read more

  • Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Rural America, Workplace Issues

    Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule WASHINGTON, DC—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s reversal of its harmfully intrusive rule on youth labor on family farms: “This Committee has worked hard to highlight the negative consequences of nonsensical rules including those proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict our youth’s ability to work on family farms. It appears o... Read more

  • Graves & Tipton Statement on National Agriculture Day
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today issued a joint statement in honor of the 39th annual observance of National Agriculture Day: Chairman Graves said, “Today is set aside to not only salute our industrious agriculture community, but also to spread awareness of the vitality of agribusinesses to a strong economy and safe and plentiful food supply. As a sixth generation farmer myself, I know that... Read more

  • CQ: GOP Appropriator Determined to Stop Proposed Revisions to Child Labor Law
    Posted in Articles on February 3, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight and Regulatory Reform, Rural America

    GOP Appropriator Determined to Stop Proposed Revisions to Child Labor Law By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ A senior Republican appropriator on Thursday vowed to stop the Labor Department from revising agriculture-safety rules for child workers, despite the agency’s decision to reconsider a proposal that farmers and rural lawmakers said could adversely affect family operations. “I can assure you, as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, that you haven’t seen the last of this,” said Rep. Den... Read more

  • AgriPulse: Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Workplace Issues

    Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides Agripulse The Department of Labor is likely to be in the hot seat Thursday when a House subcommittee reviews proposed regulations that could restrict how children work on U.S. farms and ranches. The plan, which has generated more than 10,000 public comments, is drawing fire from both Republicans and Democrats. Children working on farms owned by their parents would be exempt, but critics say the proposals still go too far. For example, the p... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the St. Louis Dispatch: Obama Should Champion Small Business
    Posted in Op-Eds on August 17, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    Obama Should Champion Small Business By Chairman Sam Graves August 17, 2011 The U.S. Department of Labor reported that 117,000 jobs were created in July and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent. While new job growth is always welcome, in the context of the past few months, with unemployment continuing to rise and nearly 14 million Americans still out of work — we have a long way to go. Our nation's average monthly job creation is 133,000 — a far cry from the 300,000 jobs per month... Read more

  • 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

  • Rural America Solutions Group Sends Follow-Up letter to Administrator Jackson on EPA’s Job-Killing Policies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Rural America Solutions Group Co-chairs, Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Small Business Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), sent a letter today to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to recap the Rural America Solutions Group forum on job-killing EPA regulations held on September 29, 2010 that she declined to attend. The letter states that “some of the EPA’s prop... Read more