Luetkemeyer Remarks: Update on SBA’s Pandemic Response Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Small Business is holding a hybrid hearing titled "Update on SBA’s Pandemic Response Programs.” Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer's opening statement as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. Good morning to all of you and a special thank you to Mr. Shear and Mr. Ware for taking time to speak with us today. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown never before seen obstacles in front of every American, especially our nation’s small business. From the devastating state and local shut downs, to the... [...]

House Passes Four Bipartisan Small Business Committee Suspension Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives took up four bipartisan Small Business Committee bills on the suspension calendar. Each of the four bills were reintroductions of bills from last Congress and were passed yesterday evening and today with bipartisan support. Below is an overview of each bill. H.R. 1502 - Microloan Improvement Act of 2021 - Cosponsored by Rep. Garbarino (R-NY) and Rep. Burchett (R-TN) H.R. 1502 builds on the strengths of the Microloan Program by introducing flexibility and more features for small ... [...]

Luetkemeyer, Donalds Lead Letter to Treasury, SBA Urging Investigation into Planned Parenthood PPP Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Committee Member Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury Secretary Yellen and Small Business Administrator Guzman urging an investigation into the millions of taxpayer dollars Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have received through Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The PPP loans were intended for our nation's struggling small businesses, and it is inexcusable that these agencies continue to allow ... [...]

Luetkemeyer Sends Letter to Biden, Yellen, and Guzman Urging for Reduced Regulations on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer (R-MO) sent a letter to President Biden, Department of the Treasury Secretary Yellen, and Small Business Administrator Guzman urging for a reduction in regulations on our nation's small businesses. As the COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to our nation's small businesses, the Biden administration must provide a smart regulatory, tax, and capital access environment that allows them to provide the highest level of service to their customers and their communities. Excerpts... [...]

Luetkemeyer statement on failed launch of SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) released the following statement on the failed launch of the SBA's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program after calling on the SBA to delay the program last night. “In addition to the oversight concerns I raised last night prompted by the IG’s Management Alert, today’s technical issues within the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program portal are further proof of the SBA’s mismanagement of the program. After only two hours online today, the Shuttered ... [...]