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Chairman Williams: “House Committee on Small Business Markup”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Small Business is holding a full committee markup on six bipartisan bills.

Chairman Roger Williams’ opening statement as prepared for delivery:

Good morning and welcome to today’s markup to discuss six bipartisan bills that address the various needs of Main Street America.

Frankly put, our nation’s small businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators have faced some of the strongest economic headwinds in recent memory over the past two years. 

Here, on this Committee, it is our job to be the strongest advocate for small businesses, as they’re the heart of each of our communities and employers of nearly 62 million Americans. That’s why our work here is so important and why we must get our economy back on track and our workforce motivated.

Before us today are bills that support our veteran entrepreneurs, make commonsense oversight changes to the 7(a) Loan Program, alleviate the labor shortage crisis, and enhance workforce development in our country. 

All four of these topics have been discussed widely by our members and truly represent how we, as the Committee on Small Business, and I, am proud that our hearings are resulting in legislative action.

Five of the six bills we will be considering today passed the House last Congress with resounding support, and I am proud that we are starting this process today so we can get them across the finish line and hopefully signed into law.

I want to thank our Members for bringing these bills forward as they represent the work and devotion of our Committee as a whole, as well as the Ranking Member and her staff for helping us come together with this bipartisan package of bills.

With that, I look forward to today’s markup and I yield to the distinguished Ranking Member from New York, Ms. Velazquez.