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  • Barriers Hamper Small Businesses
    Posted in Op-Eds on May 21, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Barriers Hamper Small Businesses By Chairman Sam Graves, Rep. Steve Chabot and Rep. Scott Tipton May 21, 2013 Although we’ve seen signs of a slowly improving economy, we must remember that our nation’s potential is far better than this. Despite the improved unemployment rate, there is a combination of data points that is cause for concern. April’s 165,000-job gain is slower than previous months, and the underemployment rate — which includes those who have stopped looking or settled for part-tim... Read more

  • Tipton Subcommittee Examines Policies That Would Increase Small Business Exports
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) today led a hearing on the obstacles and barriers that deter small businesses from participating in international trade. In addition to exposing challenges facing small business exporters, the hearing highlighted trade policy initiatives for the 113th Congress. “Considering that less than one percent of all American small businesses export, Washington should be doing everything possible to help open n... Read more

  • 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 Examines Small Business Participation in the U.S. Trade Strategy
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing to examine the role of small business in the U.S. Trade Strategy and the challenges that lay ahead for small businesses who want to enter the trade marketplace. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) testified on the status of current trade negotiations and the overall strategy to open new markets for United States goods and services. “Small business plays an important role in our eco... Read more

  • Graves & Tipton Introduce Small Business Trade Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Scott Tipton (R-CO) will today introduce legislation that will strengthen the coordination of the federal export promotion agencies and help more small businesses export. Although 95 percent of the business purchasing market exists outside the U.S., many small firms do not have the resources and personnel to utilize these opportunities, and rely heavily on federal and ... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in Politico: What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 23, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Health, Energy, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Oversight

    What Small-Business Owners Want to Hear in State of the Union Speech By Chairman Sam Graves January 23, 2012 What do small-business owners want from the government? The short answer: Move out of the way. Eight out of 10 small-business owners say they want the government to stay out of the way instead of providing a “helping hand,” according to a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey. Eighty-six percent said they would rather have more certainty than more assistance. As President Barack Obama g... Read more

  • Graves Statement On President's Decision To Elevate SBA, Proposal To Consolidate Agencies
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, International Trade

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on the President's decision to elevate the Small Business Administration (SBA) to Cabinet-level status and reorganize several commerce and trade-related agencies into one department: “I hope that by elevating the SBA Administrator to a cabinet-level official, the President becomes more sensitive to the needs of small businesses, including their need for more certainty from Washington. This platform cou... Read more

  • Washington Post: Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal
    Posted in Articles on January 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes, Access to Capital, Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Contracting, International Trade, Technology, Oversight

    Small Business Committees, Advocates Hesitant to Back Obama’s Restructuring Proposal By J.D. Harrison, Washington Post Lawmakers and small business advocacy groups today applauded the President Obama’s decision to add a cabinet seat for the head of the Small Business Administration, but many were hesitant to back his broader proposal to restructure part of the federal government. On the heels of the president’s announcement that SBA Administrator Karen Mills would join his cabinet, Senator Mary... Read more

  • Chairman Graves Statement on The Free Trade Agreements
    Posted in Press Releases on October 12, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Graves: “Small businesses have been waiting on more exporting opportunities for far too long” House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement on today's House vote on the three pending free trade agreements, H.R. 3078 - United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, H.R. 3079 - United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act, and H.R. 3080 - United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act: “The fre... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Firms Face Hurdles Overseas
    Posted in Articles on August 25, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: International Trade

    Firms Face Hurdles Overseas By Angus Loten, Wall Street Journal August 25, 2011 When Nancy Simmons was contacted by customers in Brazil about buying refurbished aerospace parts from her Orlando, Fla., plant, she wasn't sure how to handle the language barrier. None of her eight employees spoke Portuguese, and she didn't have the resources to pay for a local team in Brazil. She wound up turning to a Portuguese-speaking neighbor to help negotiate the deal. Spurred by lower demand at home and a che... Read more