Small Business Committee Passes Five Bipartisan Bills

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a markup of legislation to provide vital protection for members of the military, veterans, and their spouses. All five bills passed through Committee by voice vote. “Today’s five bills focus on our nation’s heroes—our veterans, service-disabled veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, and their spouses… Increasingly, veterans are choosing to open their own small businesses. Research has shown that service members are especially qualified to start and run their own firms,” said ... [...]

Barriers and Opportunities for Small Business Contractors

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure heard from small business owners and experts on the barriers and opportunities that exist for small business contractors in the federal procurement marketplace. “The federal government has long stood by the policy that the government should aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns in order to maintain the strength and overall economy of our nation,” said Ranking Member Pete Stauber (R-MN). Solutions Offered ... [...]

Ranking Member Chabot Lauds Passage of Bipartisan Small Business Legislation

WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted five bipartisan bills reported out of the Small Business Committee. Following passage of this legislation, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) said, “The legislation passed today strengthens the resources available to small businesses. I thank Chairwoman Velázquez and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their hard work in passing this legislation.” H.R. 2142, To amend the Small Business Act to require the Small Business and Agriculture R... [...]

Representatives Burchett and Kim Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Reservist Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – Last week, House Committee on Small Business members Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN) and Representative Andy Kim (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 3661, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act, which would strengthen Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that protect small business owners whose employees are members of the National Guard and Reserve deployed on active duty. “Men and women in East Tennessee and across the United States serve in the National Guard and Reserve in defense of our nation, and we should support and protect t... [...]

Holding the SBA Accountable for Mismanagement of SCORE

WASHINGTON - Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations heard from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General (IG) and Associate Administrator for the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) regarding the Inspector General’s audit of the SCORE program. The report, “Audit of SBA’s Oversight of the SCORE Association,” found commingling of restricted funds with unrestricted funds, lack of a uniform financial management system, and unsupported use of federal funds... [...]