Luetkemeyer: The Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Small Business Committee is holding a full committee remote hearing on the "Power, Peril, and Promise of the Creative Economy." Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer's opening statement as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt daily lives, we’ve seen Americans double down on their cultural and creative consumption to regain a sense of normalcy. In addition to the creative arts ability to provide individuals with comfort, joy, and even hope during challenging times, t... [...]

National Defense Bill Becomes Law, Includes Key Small Business Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, last week, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law for Fiscal Year 2022, which incorporated several small business provisions including: Sec. 876: Protests and appeals relating to eligibility of business concerns This provision requires small business concerns to update their status in the System for Award Management (SAM) or successor system within 2 days after receiving an adverse final decision against their status (i.e. as a small business or any other socioeconomic status ... [...]

Democrats want to weaponize OSHA against small businesses

This joint op-ed by House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer and House Committee on Education and Labor Ranking Member Virginia Foxx originally appeared in Fox Business. Democrats are still breathlessly trying to sell their so-called Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) to the American people, but like a carnival barker, they aren’t telling you the whole story. Take a closer look and you’ll see that Democrats are sacrificing Main Street to help pay for their socialist spending spree. H.R. 5376’s wildly-excessive and unpr... [...]

Luetkemeyer Sends Letter to Inspector General Requesting Answers on SBA Direct Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer sent a letter to the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Inspector General (IG) requesting answers on how the SBA has performed as a direct government lender in the past. "Shortly after the COVID EIDL program commenced, fraud developed and communication issues became widespread. This report proved to be prescient. As the program underwhelmingly disbursed more and more dollars, your own subsequent reporting identified and thoroughly examined numerous ... [...]

Local banks know Main Street best, not the federal government

This joint op-ed by House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Committee Member Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) originally appeared in The Hill. Last year, local banks sprang into action and raced to rescue small businesses reeling from the pandemic and mandated state and local shutdowns. These financial institutions played a critical role in delivering timely aid to businesses struggling to keep their doors open on Main Street. Now, the Biden administration is rewarding local banks’ commendable success... [...]