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  • Small Business Committee Hosts Roundtable on Burdensome FCC Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on December 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology, Oversight

    WASHINGTON - Small Business Committee Members hosted a roundtable discussion on the impact of new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and reporting requirements on rural telecommunications and broadband deployment for small firms. The discussion was led by Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairwoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa). “As we continue to work through the 114th Congress, it is my goal to ensure that we do all we can to assist tele... Read more

  • Fairness for American Farmers and Ranchers This Thanksgiving
    Posted in Press Releases on November 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Contracting, Oversight

    Today, the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade heard testimony on the need to reform the Small Business Administration (SBA) small business size standards for agriculture. A panel of stakeholders described to lawmakers how the SBA’s standards for determining which businesses qualify as small businesses put American farmers and ranchers at a serious disadvantage when competing for federal contracts and applying for SBA loans. The SBA’s current size standard fo... Read more

  • Committee Challenges EPA’s Failure to Assess Regulatory Impact on Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted an oversight hearing to determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency is assessing the impacts of its rules on small businesses as required by law. The Committee examined the EPA’s failure to assess the economic impacts of both the recently issued “waters of the United States” proposed rule and the proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants on small busines... Read more

  • Committee Examines Onerous Licensing Barriers for Entrepreneurs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Oversight

    The House Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the barriers that certain state licensing requirements impose on entrepreneurs and individuals seeking economic opportunity, and how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can utilize advocacy and enforcement of federal anti-trust laws to prohibit anticompetitive regulations. On March 26, 2014, the Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce held a hearing with testimony from entrepreneurs who enco... Read more

  • Graves Welcomes Extended Comment Period for Controversial ‘Waters’ Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision, as requested by Graves and other Committee Members, to extend the comment period on a controversial and costly new proposed rule that would expand the reach of Clean Water Act regulations. “We told the agencies that they need to listen to America’s small businesses, farmers and ranchers about the costly impact of this rule. The decision to... Read more

  • Graves and Committee Members Urge EPA and Corps to Halt Waters Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy to urge withdrawal of the recently proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The rule, as drafted, would result in an unprecedented jurisdictional expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA), subjecting thousands of streams, ditches and other small waters to federal permitting and other requirements. The Commit... Read more

  • Graves Statement on Jobs Report
    Posted in Press Releases on May 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today released the following statement regarding the April jobs report: “This week, we’ve received some contrasting news on the state of the economy and jobs. The economy nearly came to a standstill last quarter at just 0.1 percent growth. However, today’s jobs report has some encouraging signs, but shows that many Americans have stopped looking for jobs or left the workforce altogether. Whether it’s playing politics with the Keystone pip... Read more

  • Graves Alerts Small Businesses to Another EPA Power Grab
    Posted in Press Releases on April 23, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today added a new proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to the Committee’s digital resource, Small Biz Reg Watch. The proposed rule broadens the scope of waters subject to the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which has many small business owners and family farmers concerned. The EPA and the Corps are proposing to revise the definition of “waters of the Unit... Read more

  • Subcommittee Examines Small Business Access to Rural Broadband in New York Field Hearing
    Posted in Press Releases on March 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America

    The Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), today conducted a field hearing in rural New York to discuss the need for expanded broadband access for small businesses. The Subcommittee examined the strategy and role of the federal government in expanding broadband capabilities to small businesses, specifically in rural communities. Representatives from various Internet providers and the business community testified about wireless s... Read more

  • Committee Examines Economic Potential of Wireless Innovations from Small Businesses
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Technology

    The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing on the impact of wireless technology on small business growth and the overall economy, and the potential challenges and barriers that could limit growth. The Committee received testimony from small businesses that create or rely on innovative wireless technologies about the economic benefits of these advances, and the need for spectrum so that expansion continues. Demand for mobile data soared by 62 percent in ... Read more