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Democrats want to weaponize OSHA against small businesses

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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 close...

Local banks know Main Street best, not the federal government

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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 ti...

Ranking Member Luetkemeyer Op-Ed: It’s Time for the Government to Get Out of the Direct Lending Business

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following op-ed by Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03), Ranking Member on the House Small Business Committee and Consumer Protection & Financial Institutions Subcommittee appeared on CNBC.com this morning. “In the 1970s, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency made thousands of direct loans for the purchase of farmland. The easy money and the government...

Biden, Democrats' reckless inflation is out of control – and it's crushing America's small businesses

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This op-ed by Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer originally appeared in Fox Business. Gas, milk, fruit, televisions, furniture, washing machines, car rentals, hotel rooms – what do all of these things have in common? Their prices have gone up under the Biden administration. Inflation is climbing at the fastest rate in 13 years and has increased every single month since President Biden took office. ...

The cost of 'tax and spend'

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Simply put, inflation occurs when there is too much money chasing too few goods. In the last 15 months, federal spending on COVID-19 relief totaled $5.9 trillion, a quarter of U.S. GDP. This level of spending, paired with the Biden administration’s unwise fiscal and regulatory agenda, poses risks to our economy in the long run and is a wrong-headed approach at the onset of recovery from the pandem...

Biden's stay at home bonus

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Things are on the upswing in America. States are ending their COVID-19-related mandates, the CDC has announced vaccinated individuals can return to their normal pre-pandemic life, and businesses are looking to open their doors and return to full operations. There is just one problem: President Biden is paying workers to stay home. Many small businesses in southeastern Wisconsin have reached out to...

Help needed: Small businesses deserve better from Washington

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Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, represents the 22nd Congressional District. I have met with more than 100 small businesses across our community over the last two months. Most of them have had an incredibly challenging year, but they are all looking forward to the recovery and being open for business. The only problem? Washington won’t get out of their way. As a small business owner, I know th...

The Biden EO game: Executive order vs. economic opportunity

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This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. Less than two years ago, the United States had 1.2 million more jobs than people to fill them, Americans had more money in their pockets, and Main Street was open for business. These measures of success had never been seen in our nation’s history, all thanks to pro-America policies that led to our economic boom. As the pandemic thwarted our thriving econ...

Small businesses being suffocated by Dems' overbearing policies, GOP must fight for them: Rep. Luetkemeyer

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FoxBusiness.com The old saying goes, “with great sacrifice comes great reward” and it is no secret that over the past year, Americans everywhere have made great sacrifices to keep our families and communities safe. However, the hardworking men and women across the country have reaped anything but great reward as Democrat lawmakers have forced overreaching shutdown mandates upon our nation’s small ...

Ranking Member Chabot in The Cincinnati Enquirer: Small businesses get second chance at Paycheck Protection Program

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This article originally appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Since COVID-19 first hit our shores, as the ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, I’ve heard from thousands of small businesses from all across the country. Locally, I’ve talked with people who run restaurants, hair salons and retail shops (just to name a few); dozens of hospitals and health care providers; police, firefi...