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Luetkemeyer: National Small Business Week, Celebrating our Main Street Champions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in honor of "National Small Business Week," the House Committee on Small Business is holding a remote hearing titled, “National Small Business Week: Celebrating our Main Street Champions.”

Ranking Member Luetkemeyer's opening statement as prepared for delivery:

Thank you to all the small business owners who are with us today as we celebrate National Small Business Week, including my constituent Jan Haviland, Owner and President of Haviland Corp. Small business owners like you are the drivers of the United States economy and workforce, and you have been absolutely vital in getting our nation’s economy back up and running after the forced nationwide shutdowns and altered capacity restrictions this past year.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities; they are comprised of job creators and innovators alike. Across the United States, there are an estimated 32.5 million small businesses, making up 99 percent of all our nation’s businesses and employing over 61 million workers. Whether you realize it or not, small businesses have impacted the lives of every single American.

As Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, it is an honor to work alongside my colleagues to create commonsense policies that uplift our nation’s small businesses while also protecting the American taxpayer. I understand the duty we have in fighting for deregulation, lower taxes, access to capital, and increased SBA oversight, especially in the wake of the pandemic.

As you all know, COVID-19 devastated small businesses with overreaching state and local shutdown measures and altered capacity restrictions. Through no fault of their own, small businesses have faced extreme challenges that are still ongoing. As a response, Congress has created numerous small business relief programs to provide much-needed assistance to Main Street U.S.A. Some of these programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), have successfully assisted millions of small businesses from coast to coast, providing hundreds of billions of dollars in assistance.

Unfortunately, small business continue to face increasing obstacles. NFIB’s August Jobs Report found that fifty percent of all small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, a record-high reading. Additionally, inflation continues to skyrocket to the highest rate in 30 years. And my Democrat colleagues continue to tout their reckless tax-and-spend spree, leaving struggling small business owners with the bill.

As our nation celebrates small businesses this week and every week, we must support Main Street U.S.A. by advancing pro-growth policies that allow small business owners and their employees to contribute to the economy and create jobs. We must get irresponsible, partisan spending under control, provide tax relief for job creators, and remove burdensome government mandates that are being forced upon small business owners.

Again, I want to thank our panel of witnesses for taking time away from their businesses for this important hearing as we celebrate small business resiliency. We look forward to your testimonies. And I yield back.