Committee on Small Business

Steve Chabot

Committee on Small Business Markup

2015/03/25

On Wednesday March 25, 2015  the Committee on Small Business held a markup to consider an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1481, "Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015." The markup will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.   

The markup will consist of the following bills: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1481 "Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015."


Opening Statement:

Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

    Related Documents:

  • Markup Notice 
  • H.R.1481
  • Amendments

  • Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1481
  • Amendments

  •  Amendment Number 1 to ANS H.R. 1481
  •  Amendment Number 2 to ANS H.R. 1481

  •  Amendment # Sponsor Pass/Fail
     Amendment in Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 1481  Chabot PASSED BY VOICE
     Amendment #1  Hahn  PASSED BY VOICE VOTE
     Amendment #2  Chu  PASSED BY VOICE VOTE

     

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    Small Business Committee Passes Contracting Reform Bill

    2015/03/25

    Small Business Committee Passes Contracting Reform Bill

    WASHINGTON – The Small Business Committee today passed legislation introduced by Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) to ensure more small businesses can compete for federal contracts and help save taxpayer money.

    H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act, makes a series of commonsense improvements to small business contracting policies to promote increased competition, a healthier industrial base, and a more cost-effective federal procurement process.

    “We know that when small businesses compete for federal work, it creates jobs, improves the quality of work, and saves taxpayers’ money,” said Chabot. “This bill is a commonsense approach to make sure that Washington is working with Main Street – not locking it out of the procurement process altogether.”

    The bill is the result of a series of hearings examining small business contracting policies, including a full committee hearing in February and two subcommittee hearings last week that further exposed how unjustified contract bundling, Administration policies devaluing small business subcontracting opportunities, and the improper use of reverse auctions are keeping small businesses from participating in the federal procurement process. It incorporates a number of proposals introduced by Small Business Committee Members, including:

    ·         H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo

    ·         H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight

    ·         H.R. 1410 introduced by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen

    ·         H.R. 1429 introduced by Rep. Mike Bost

    ·         H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna

    ·         H.R. 1583 introduced by Rep. Cresent Hardy

    The Committee has received testimony supporting provisions of the bill from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Mechanical Contractors Association, Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force, the American Legion, and the Professional Services Council.

    The bill has also been endorsed by:

    ·         The Associated General Contractors

    ·         The National Defense Industrial Association

    ·         Women Impacting Public Policy

    ·         National Electrical Contractors Association

    ·         American Institute of Architects

    ·         National Small Business Association

    ·         Mid-Tier Advocacy

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    Chabot Makes Second Request for Answers from HHS on Bad Obamacare Tax Information

    2015/03/23

    Chabot Makes Second Request for Answers from HHS on Bad Obamacare Tax Information

    WASHINGTON - Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) followed up with a second request for answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on the faulty tax information released to roughly 800,000 Americans at the height of tax season.

    Chabot sent his original letter, seen here, on February 25, 2015, with five inquiries related to how this bad information impacted Americans receiving health coverage through the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs). "I asked specific questions regarding this incident and requested a response by March 6, 2015," Chairman Chabot said. "It is now March 23, 2015, and I have yet to receive anything from your office."

    In addition to the five questions Chabot originally asked, today's letter makes two further inquiries

    1. How many of these delayed 80,000 corrected forms will be sent or made available to small business owners who purchased insurance on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)?

    2. What effort is the Department making, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, to ensure that taxpayers will be able to file accurate and timely tax returns if they have received incorrect information concerning their health care coverage from HHS?

    Today's follow-up comes on the fifth anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law and amid continued reports of small business struggles caused by the law. Chabot requested a response to his inquiries by close of business this Friday, March 27, 2015.

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    ICYMI: Despite Birthday Celebrations, the Blistering Truth About Obamacare and Small Businesses

    2015/03/23

    ICYMI: Despite Birthday Celebrations, the Blistering Truth About Obamacare and Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON - In the lead-up to the Obama administration's self-congratulatory celebration of the 5th anniversary of Obamacare today, national newspapers this weekend published a blistering account from the Associated Press of the law's crippling affect on American small businesses.

    Highlights from the report:

    “Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn't have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.”

     “Many small businesses don't have the human resources departments or computer systems that large companies have, making it harder to handle the paperwork."

     “To pay for the extra services the business is getting from his broker, [small business manager Mike] Patton cut back on workers' bonuses and raises.”

     “Complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year.

     On his employees facing another year of no bonuses or raises: “They understand it didn't emanate from us," Patton says. 

    This report and the anniversary come just weeks after Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) requested answers from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on the faulty tax information sent to more than 800,000 Americans and how this latest glitch impacts the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs).

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    Chabot Introduces Small Business Contracting Reform Bill

    2015/03/20

    Chabot Introduces Small Business Contracting Reform Bill
    Incorporates solutions from New Committee Members

    WASHINGTON  –  On Thursday, Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act.

    This bill is the result of a series of hearings examining small business contracting policies, including two Subcommittee hearings this week that further exposed how unjustified contract bundling, Administration policies devaluing small business subcontracting opportunities, and the improper use of reverse auctions are keeping small businesses from participating in the federal procurement process.

    In the last four years, the number of small businesses participating in federal procurement has fallen by over100,000 companies  and the number of contract actions being awarded to small businesses has fallen by nearly 60 percent.  This reduced competition ultimately increases the cost of goods and services for the federal government and diminishes the vibrancy of the industrial base, which threatens national security. 

    “Having a healthy small business industrial base means that taxpayers benefit from increased competition, innovation, and job creation,” said Chairman Chabot.  “It also means that we can support programs crucial to our national defense.  Small business contracting policies are intended  to make sure we have a broad spectrum of small firms working with the government across industries, and when those policies are undermined, it is imperative that we find appropriate solutions. These commonsense reforms move us in the right direction.”

    H.R. 1481 would make a series of improvements to small business contracting policies to promote increased competition, a healthier industrial base, and more cost-effective federal procurement process. The bill incorporates a number of legislative proposals introduced by Small Business Committee Members, including:

    ·         H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo

    ·         H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight

    ·         H.R. 1410 introduced by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen

    ·         H.R. 1429 introduced by Rep. Mike Bost

    ·         H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep Richard Hanna

    In fiscal year 2013, small businesses won nearly $100 billion in federal prime contracts and nearly $90 billion in federal subcontracts.  This is roughly half of the dollars spent by the federal government in contracts, so increasing competition and reducing inefficiencies in the procurement process through small business contracting reform is critical to saving taxpayer money.

    The Committee has received testimony supporting provisions of the bill from Associated General Contractors, American Council of Engineering Companies, Mechanical Contractors Association, Women Impacting Public Policy, Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force, the American Legion and the Professional Services Council.  The bill has also been endorsed by the National Defense Industrial Association.

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    Contracting and the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and The SBA's Role in Rulemaking

    2015/03/19

    On, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing titled, Contracting and  the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and the SBA's Role in Rulemaking.  
     
    The  hearing examined issues related to reverse auctions, The Small Business Administration's (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting programs for service-disabled veteran owned small business and the enforcement and implementation of its statutory functions.



    Opening Statement:

    Richard Hanna (R-NY)

    Witness Testimony 

    • Mr. Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Advisor, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

     

    • Ms. Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc. Dumfries, VA

     

    • Mr. Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director, National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion, Washington, DC

       

      • Ms. Margot Dorfman, CEO, United States Women's Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

      Additional Items:

       

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      Small Business Subcommittee Continues Examination of Contracting Issues

      2015/03/19

      Small Business Subcommittee Continues Examination of Contracting Issues

      WASHINGTON - Today, the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, led by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY), examined small business contracting policies, with a particular focus on the improper use of reverse auctions, inconsistencies with service-disabled veteran owned small business programs, and the SBA’s delayed implementation of Congressional reforms.  

      “This hearing provided a valuable opportunity to discuss issues important to small businesses and veterans – two key drivers of our nation’s success,” Subcommittee Chairman Hanna said. “When contracting programs are overly burdensome, rules are inconsistent, and the implementation of Congressional reforms are seriously delayed, it creates confusion. Uncertainty holds small businesses back from growing and creating jobs. I look forward to working with Chairman Chabot and my colleagues to improve the federal contracting process for small businesses and our veterans.”

      Witnesses raised serious concerns about the SBA’s 5-year delay of implementation of small business contracting reforms. Amy Peebles, a Marine Corps Veteran running a service-disabled veteran owned small business described her frustration with the matter:  “…the delay in implementation of important small business contracting provisions is an ongoing frustration of women business owners… [This delay] is simply unfair to the businesses burdened by outdated, ineffective, or damaging policies Congress saw fit to change.”

      In addition, witnesses spoke to issues they have with the Department of Veteran Affairs verification process for determining the status of a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. One witness, testifying on behalf of the American legion described it as “overly burdensome” and urged lawmakers and regulators to “[strike] the appropriate balance” between government oversight necessary to combat fraud and the amount of oversight necessary to protect the integrity of the program.

      Testimony also shed light on the fact that the improper use of reverse auctions by agencies is having a detrimental impact on the purposes of using this type of bidding process, which are namely to spur competition and save tax dollars.

      Notable quotes:

      “The American Legion appreciates the goal of the government contracting community to lower federal expenditure through competitive contracting initiatives, but we are concerned that misuse of non-governmental platforms that have not suffered the scrutiny of the appropriations process, are putting veteran owned small businesses at risk and could also be serving to undermine the entire procurement process.”
      -Mr. Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director, National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion

      “In my opinion, any competition for a government contract, whether run electronically or “the old fashioned way,” that gets only one bid should be considered a failure. If the government is paying a fee to use an electronic reverse auction and only one bid is received, the government is paying a fee for that failed procurement.”
      -Mr. Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Advisor, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School

      “WIPP has two recommendations with regards to the timeline of SBA rule promulgation and FAR adoption. In our view, there is no reason these cannot be done concurrently. Any diversions between the proposed rules could be best addressed through increased cooperation between SBA and the FAR Council. One solution could be adding SBA to the FAR Council. WIPP supports this option because it would also give small businesses an advocate on the Council charged with maintaining acquisition procedures.”
      Ms. Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc.

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      Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers

      2015/03/18

       

      On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, ​ Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small ManufacturersThe hearing was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

       

      The purpose of the hearing is to examine the effects of regulations on small manufacturers.  


       

      Opening Statement:

      Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

      Witnesses and Testimony:

       

    • Ms. Cynthia Reichard, Executive Vice President, Arylessence, Inc., Marietta, GA
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    • Ms. Janis Herschkowitz, President & CEO, PRL, Inc. Cornwall, PA
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    • Mr. Viktor Anderson, P.E. Director of Engineering, Structural Concepts, Muskegon, MI
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    •  Mr. James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, The Center for Progressive Reform, Washington, DC
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       Additional Items:

       

       



       

       

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      "Never-Ending Wave," "Tragic," "Disadvantage:" Small Manufacturers Describe Regulatory Burden in Small Business Committee Hearing

      2015/03/18

      "Never-Ending Wave," "Tragic," "Disadvantage:" Small Manufacturers Describe Regulatory Burden in Small Business Committee Hearing

      WASHINGTON—In today’s Small Business Committee hearing, “Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers,” real American small business employees told Committee members how excessive federal regulations burden small manufacturers.

      Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) started the hearing by showing attendees the stack of federal regulations from February 2015. “These are regulations that came out of the federal government in the last month alone,” Chabot explained. “How can we expect our small businesses to focus on creating jobs and bringing new ideas to life when, odds are, something in these pages will have an impact on them? And even worse, they likely had no input at all in what those regulations say.”

      We are not a large corporation with a plethora of resources to redirect towards the review, testing and compliance of new rules,” said Viktor Anderson of Structural Concepts in Muskegon, Michigan, a maker of commercial refrigerators. “With its never-ending wave of new rules and ever-more-stringent standards, the Administration is threatening our ability to do business and provide critical products to American consumers.”

      Janis Herschkowitz of PRL, Inc. in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, whose foundry makes parts for nuclear submarines, had a similar message. “The fact is there are very few foundries remaining in the U.S. who are able to meet the high specifications standards required by our nation’s military.” Herschkowitz went on to tell the Committee that “the bulk of the regulations would hit our small foundry the hardest, and to put it bluntly as a small business owner we would need to determine if it is even worth the cost of compliance. This is tragic.

      Cynthia Reichard of Arylessence, a fragrance manufacturer in Marietta, Georgia, told the Committee about the ways regulations are impacting her company’s growth plans, adding, “U.S. manufacturers simply need an environment conducive to growing and creating jobs. We need economic stability, certainty, predictability and common-sense regulations that don’t unfairly disadvantage small firms.”

      Chairman Chabot expressed his appreciation to the witnesses for taking valuable time away from their workplaces to share their stories with the Committee. “You’re not the bad guys,” Chairman Chabot told the witnesses. “If we want to remain a global economic leader, we have to modernize. We have to make the small businesses that provide livelihoods for about half of all American families a part of the solution, not the biggest loser in an economy that desperately needs them to succeed,” Chabot said.

      One solution discussed in the hearing was the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which passed the House earlier this year. Learn more about the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act here.

      Full testimony and footage from the hearing can be viewed here.

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      Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals

      2015/03/17

      The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing titled ​Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals. The hearing was held at 10:00 A.M. on March 17, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

      The hearing examined contracting issues in the industrial base as it relates to bundling, consolidation and strategic sourcing, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) goaling processes and the jurisdiction and operation of the SBA's office of Hearings and Appeals.

      Opening Statement:

      Chairman Richard Hanna ( R-NY)

      Witnesses and Testimony:
       

    • Mr. Joe Wynn, President, VETS Group, Inc, Washington, DC

       

      • Mr.  Robert Burton, Partner, Venable, LLP, Washington, DC
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      •  Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council, Arlington, VA
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      • Mr.  Damien Specht, Partner, Jenner & Block, Washington, DC
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        Additional Items:

      • Hearing Notice
      • Witness List
      • Hearing Memo
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        Small Business Subcommittee Examines Obama Administration Contracting Policies

        2015/03/17

        Small Business Subcommittee Examines Obama Administration Contracting Policies

        WASHINGTON  – On Tuesday, the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, led by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY), examined the efficacy of small business contracting goals, particularly the impact of contract bundling, goaling, and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) analysis of small firm participation.

        While more competition from small business contractors drive down prices and save taxpayers money, testimony revealed that more small businesses are being forced out of the contracting process altogether. At the hearing, witnesses addressed the fact that while data shows contract dollar amounts to small businesses have increased, so to have the size of those contracts, which necessarily limits the number of small firms that can compete for that work. Witnesses also raised concern over the SBA’s analysis of small business participation in federal procurements, describing it as “woefully inaccurate” and “flawed.”

        “More competition from small businesses saves the government money and ensures we have a vibrant industrial base,” Subcommittee Chairman Hanna said. “What we learned today is that contract bundling and consolidations, while well-intentioned, is excluding qualified small business from the federal marketplace. And the data and goaling scorecard we rely on to measure small business participation are failing us.  We must create an open contracting process in which more small businesses can compete and ultimately save taxpayers money.”

        Notable quotations:

        “Many small businesses find they are shut out of the contract process and eventually stop wasting time and money… and the country is weaker for it.” -Mr. Joe Wynn, President, VETS Group

        “The SBA’s current analysis does not reveal the true effects of bundling and consolidation on small business participation in federal procurements… it is more important than ever that bundling and consolidation regulations designed to protect small business participation are effectively implemented.” -Mr.  Robert Burton, Partner, Venable, LLP

        More needs to be done to improve the data reporting to track federal prime and subcontracting data.” -Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council

        “I believe the purpose of small business programs is to create a vibrant and diverse base of small businesses … a higher percentage of spending that is isolated within a small number of firms is not a step in the right direction. -Mr. Damien Specht, Partner, Jenner & Block  

        “While SBA is agnostic about how an agency achieves its goals, we have seen how agencies have skewered their performance to focus on some of the “low hanging fruit” within their business opportunities and not looked across their enterprise for meaningful small business participation opportunities. As a result, agencies are, in effect, picking winners and losers in the small business market—and in the larger agency industrial base market—through these goal attainment decisions.” -Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council,

         

        This was the second installment of three Subcommittee hearings on the topic of contracting reform. The Subcommittee will next meet on Thursday, March 19, to examine the federal government’s use of reverse auctions.

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        Next Week at Small Business:

        2015/03/13

        Next Week at Small Business: 
        "Tangled in Red Tape" and Contracting II and III

        WASHINGTON—The Small Business Committee will hold the following hearings during the week of March 16, 2015.

        Full Committee Hearing
        Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
        Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
        2360 Rayburn House Office Building

        Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers
        On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​ Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers. The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

        The purpose of the hearing is to examine the effects of regulations on small manufacturers.  The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

        Witnesses:

        • Ms. Cynthia Reichard, Executive Vice President, Arylessence, Inc., Marietta, GA
        • Ms. Janis Herschkowitz, President & CEO, PRL, Inc. Cornwall, PA (Testifying on behalf of the American Foundry Society)
        • Mr. Viktor Anderson, P.E. Director of Engineering, Structural Concepts, Muskegon, MI (Testifying on behalf of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute)
        • Mr. James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, The Center for Progressive Reform, Washington, DC


        Subcommittee Hearing

        Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
        Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY)
        Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
        2360 Rayburn House Office Building

        Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals
        The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing titled ​Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals. The hearing will be held at 10:00 A.M. on March 17, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE

        The hearing will examine contracting issues in the industrial base as it relates to bundling, consolidation and strategic sourcing, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) goaling processes and the jurisdiction and operation of the SBA's office of Hearings and Appeals.

        Witnesses:

        • Mr. Joe Wynn, President, VETS Group, Inc, Washington, DC (Testifying on behalf of VET-Force)
        • Mr.  Robert Burton, Partner, Venable, LLP, Washington, DC
        • Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council, Arlington, VA
        • Mr. Damien Specht, Partner, Jenner & Block, Washington, DC

         

        Subcommittee Hearing
        Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
        Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY)
        Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M.
        2360 Rayburn House Office Building

        Contracting and the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and The SBA's Role in Rulemaking
        On, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing titled, Contracting and  the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and the SBA's Role in Rulemaking.  The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.
         
        The purpose of the hearing  is to examine issues related to reverse auctions, The Small Business Administration's (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting programs for service-disabled veteran owned small business and the enforcement and implementation of its statutory functions.

        ​Witnesses:

        • Mr. Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Advisor, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
        • Ms. Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc. Dumfries, VA (Testifying on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy)
        • Mr. Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director, National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion, Washington, DC
        • Ms. Margot Dorfman, CEO, United States Women's Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

         


        **Members of the press interested in covering these hearings should reply to this e-mail.**

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        ***POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE DETERMINED Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA

        2015/03/05

        On Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access HAS POSTPONED a hearing titled,  "Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA." The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE. The Subcommittee will reschedule the hearing at a date to be determined.

        The purpose of the hearing is to examine capital access programs within the Small Business Administration (SBA).
          

        Opening Statement:

        Chairman Tom Rice (R-SC)

        Witnesses and Testimony:

      •  Ms. Barbara Vohryzek, President and CEO, National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), Washington, DC
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      •  Mr. Brett Palmer, President, Small Business Investor Alliance, Washington, DC
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      • Mr. Richard Bradshaw, President, Specialized Lending, United Community Bank, Greenville, SC
        • Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL)
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      • Dr. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, OH
                   
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        Additional Items:
            Hearing Notice
            Witness List
               
             
             
              
           

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        Building an Opportunity Economy: State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

        2015/03/04

        On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, ​​​Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The hearing was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

        The hearing examined the health and vibrancy of the American economy, particularly as it pertains to the creation, sustainability, and future growth of small businesses.


        Opening Statement:

        Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

        Witnesses and Testimony:

        • Mr.  Jon Clifton, Partner, Managing Director, Government Division, Gallup, Washington, DC

         

        • Ms.  Cynthia Kay, Owner and President, Cynthia Kay and Company, Grand Rapids, MI

         

          • Mr.  David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economy Policy, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

             

            • Ms. Elana Fine, Managing Director, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College Park, MD


            Additional Items:

            Hearing Notice
            Witness List 
            Hearing Memo 


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            REVISED: This Week at Small Business

            2015/03/04

            MEDIA ADVISORY:
            *Revised Schedule* This Week at Small Business

            WASHINGTON -  The Small Business Committee will hold the following hearings this week:

            ​Full Committee Hearing​ *TODAY*
            Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
            Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
            2360 Rayburn House Office Building

            Building an Opportunity Economy: State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship 
            On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​​​Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship."  The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

            The hearing will examine the health and vibrancy of the American economy, particularly as it pertains to the creation, sustainability, and future growth of small businesses.

            Witnesses 

            • Mr.  Jon Clifton, Partner, Managing Director, Government Division, Gallup, Washington, DC
            • Ms.  Cynthia Kay, Owner and President, Cynthia Kay and Company, Grand Rapids, MI
              (Testifying on behalf of National Small Business Association)  
            •  Mr.  David Burton, Senior Fellow in Economy Policy, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC


            Subcommittee Hearing *POSTPONED*

            Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access

            Chairman Tom Rice (R-SC)
            Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. -- ​POSTPONED; date TBD
            2360 Rayburn House Office Building

            Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA
            On Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 10:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled,  "Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA." The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

            The purpose of the hearing is to examine capital access programs within the Small Business Administration (SBA).

            Witnesses

            ·   Ms. Barbara Vohryzek, President and CEO, National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), Washington, DC

            ·   Mr. Brett Palmer, President, Small Business Investor Alliance, Washington, DC

            ·  Mr. Richard Bradshaw, President, Specialized Lending, United Community Bank, Greenville, SC
                (Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL))
             

            ·  Dr. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Economics, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, OH

            Members of the press interested in covering any of these hearings should contact Kelley McNabb or Adam Scheidler 

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            Chairman Chabot's Opening Statement for Hearing on Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

            2015/03/04

            Opening Statement

            Chairman Steve Chabot

            Small Business Committee Hearing

            Building an Opportunity Economy: The State of Small Business and Entrepreneurship

            3/4/2015

             

            Good morning.  This hearing will come to order.  Thank you all for joining us.

            Today, we are here to examine the state of small business. For the Members here, it’s not the first or last time we’ll have this conversation. We have it every time we talk to our constituents. They’re the ones who tell us the most about small business.

            But in those conversations, we don’t have C-SPAN cameras, we don’t have stenographers, and it doesn’t make it into the Congressional record. So we’re having this hearing today for our constituents. To have a conversation for the record that we have already had many times back home, so that we – as Members of the Small Business Committee -- can start the legislative work of getting government off the backs of the American people.

            1 out of every 2 employed Americans works at a small business. 7 out of every 10 new job opportunities are created by small businesses. When the federal government issues new rules, or raises taxes, or threatens to raise taxes, or increases health care costs, or prolongs a sense of uncertainty – this doesn’t just impact the name on a store front. It impacts real people. It impacts every American worker that puts a roof over their head and food on the table by working at that small business.

            We have heard some say that our economy has recovered. And it has somewhat. But when you look at the number of unemployed Americans and the number of those who may be “employed” but can’t find full time work, it is clear that we are not where we should be.

            As testimony today will reinforce, it’s not another sweeping government program that will make life better for Americans who depend on small businesses. The answer is hidden in the thousands of pages of regulations and tax policies, that are crushing the small business community. Another change that must be made – and this may be the most important change we can make – is to alter the mindset of the federal government so that it is always thinking about how its actions will impact our small businesses.

            The labor force participation rate is at its lowest point in our history.

            The percentage of long term unemployed is still much higher than before the recession.

            And maybe the most disturbing trend: every year of the Obama administration has seen more businesses close their doors than open them.  

            Economists describe this as the number of business deaths exceeding the number of business births. In plain language it means we have a problem.

            Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. As a Committee, we are here to make life better for small businesses and the working families that rely on them. Today, we begin that important work.

            I want to thank each of our witnesses for taking the time to be with us today.  I look forward to hearing your testimony.  I now yield to our ranking member, Ms. Velázquez, for her opening statement. 

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            The SBA Budget for FY 2016: Does it Meet the Needs of America's Small Businesses?

            2015/02/25

            On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 2:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, The SBA Budget for FY 2016: Does it Meet the Needs of America's Small Businesses?​ 

            The purpose of the hearing was to examine the the Small Business Administration's FY 2016 budget request to determine whether it will meet the needs of America's small businesses.

            Opening Statement:

            Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

            Witnesses and Testimony:

          •  The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
          •  Additional Items:


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            Contracting and the Industrial Base

            2015/02/12

             The Committee on Small Business held a hearing on February 12, 2015,   titled,​  Contracting and  the Industrial Base.
              
            The purpose of the hearing was to examine barriers in utilizing small businesses to support the industrial base.



            Opening Statement:

            Witnesses and Testimony:

          •  Mr. Randall D. (Randy) Gibson, President, Whitesell-Green, Inc, Pensacola, FL.
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          •  Mr. James P. Hoffman, PE, President, Summer Consultants Inc., McLean, VA
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          •  Mr. John McNerney, General Counsel, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Rockville, MD
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          •  Mr. Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Indicatives Group and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC
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              Additional Items:

               

                   
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              Views and Estimates Meeting

              2013/02/27

              On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. the Committee on Small Business held a markup up titled: SBA: Views and Estimates. The meeting was held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

              Pursuant to House Rules and the Congressional Budget Act, the Committee must report its views and estimates on the President’s budget within six weeks of its submission to Congress.  In the absence of this submission, which was statutorily required by February 2, 2013, the Committee on Budget has requested that House committees proceed and provide their views and estimates by March 5, 2013.  The Committee’s views and estimates letter is attached. It is also available on the Committee website.

              The Views and Estimates Letter passed by voice vote.

              Opening Statement:

              Chairman Sam Graves (R-OH)

                Related Documents:

              • Meeting Notice 
              • Views and Estimates
              • Hearing Video
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                Organizational Meeting for the 113th Congress

                2013/01/23

                On Wednesday, January 23 2013 at 1:00 P.M., the Committee on Small Business held its organizational meeting for the 113th Congress. The meeting took place in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

                At this meeting, the Committee considered two items: 1) the Rules of the Committee for the 113th Congress and; 2) the Oversight Plan that must be submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as required by the Rules of the House.
                 


                Opening Statement:

                Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)

                  Materials:

                • Meeting Notice
                • Rules for 113th Congress
                • Markup Video
                • Rules and Oversight plan passed by voice vote
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                  Mike Bost

                  ILLINOIS' 12th DISTRICT

                  Dave Brat

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                  Chris Gibson

                  NEW YORK's 19th DISTRICT

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                  NEW YORK's 22nd DISTRICT

                  Crescent Hardy

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                  Blaine Luetkemeyer

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                  SOUTH CAROLINA's 7th DISTRICT