Committee on Small Business

Steve Chabot

Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)

2016/02/11

Chairman Steve Chabot has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business titled, "Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)." The hearing will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Committee on Small Business “Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part II)” Thursday, February 11, 2016 10:00 A.M. 2360 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses

The Honorable Kevin J. Wolf
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
Bureau of Industry and Security
United States Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

The Honorable Brian Nilsson
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade Controls
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
United States Department of State
Washington, DC

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Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA

2016/02/10

The Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing titled, “Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA,” originally scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 is rescheduled for 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

Witness List
The Hon. Darryl L. DePriest
Chief Counsel for Advocacy
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Rear Admiral Earl L. Gay, USN (Ret.)
Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

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Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part I)

2016/02/10

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade will meet for a hearing titled, “Export Control Reform: Challenges for Small Business? (Part I).” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Witnesses

Ms. Andrea Appell
Director BPE Global
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Jennifer Robertson Ahrens
President
Robertson Forwarding Company
Miami, FL

Greg Quarles, PhD
Chief Scientist
The Optical Society
Washington, DC

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Markup: Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

2016/02/04

The Markup originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 on the Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration is rescheduled for 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Markup Notice
Views and Estimates of the President's FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

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Small Business Committee Weighs in on SBA FY2017 Budget

2016/02/04

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Small Business approved its official views and estimates on the FY2017 budget for the Small Business Administration (SBA) today.

While Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) noted bipartisan support for key programs designed to help entrepreneurs, he stressed the need for swift action to correct serious management problems at the SBA related to IT security, access to capital and competition for federal contracts.

“Federal taxpayers and American entrepreneurs must have an efficient and effective SBA. This Committee and its Subcommittees have held a number of hearings which have examined the operations of the SBA. These hearings reveal anything but an efficient and effective operation. Instead, the hearings, multiple investigations by the GAO, examinations by the SBA’s Inspector General and the Committee’s own reviews, reveal an agency that is deeply flawed with misplaced priorities that reduce the ability of small businesses to effectively compete for federal contracts, inhibit their ability to receive needed capital or obtain necessary training to operate their businesses. The views and estimates before us outline the actions needed to correct these problems,” said Chairman Chabot.

You can see the Committee’s full views and estimates for SBA here and watch this morning’s full markup here. President Obama’s final budget is expected to be transmitted to Congress next week.     Read More

SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

2016/02/03

The Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce hearing titled, “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development,” originally scheduled to begin at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 is rescheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday February 3, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Chairman Hanna
Opening Statement (As Prepared for Delivery)

Witness
John Shoraka
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracts and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Accompanied by:
Eugene Cornelius
Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC


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SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices

2016/02/02

Subcommittee Chairman Tim Huelskamp has scheduled a hearing of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access of the Committee on Small Business titled, "SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Offices." The hearing will be held at 11:00 A.M. on February 2, 2016, in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

Witnesses

Ms. Tameka Montgomery
Associate Administrator Office of Entrepreneurial Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.
Testimony 

Ms. Barb Carson
Associate Administrator
Office of Veterans Business Development
Small Business Administration
Washington, D.C.
Testimony

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Million Dollar Mishap: Committee Probes Mismanagement at Key SBA Offices

2016/02/02

SBA Official: $1 Million System Still Doesn’t Work

Lawmakers Press for Answers Ahead of President’s Budget Request for SBA  

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers pressed officials from the Small Business Administration (SBA) today on reports of mismanagement that may affect two key SBA offices which provide business development counseling to entrepreneurs and veterans who want to start a small business. The hearing comes after a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised questions about agency-wide inefficiency that may extend to SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development and Office of Veterans Business Development. 

“The necessity of unauthorized SBA-created initiatives has frequently been questioned on a bi-partisan basis by this Committee,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. “In the wake of the recent GAO report detailing SBA management challenges, I am concerned that SBA is continuing to prioritize its wish list rather than ensuring taxpayer dollars are carefully spent on programs with proven performance records.” 

Asked by Chairman Huelskamp about a $1 million upgrade to the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Management System (EDMS), Tameka Montgomery, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, said the redesigned system was not effective at achieving its purpose: measuring the performance outcomes of programs designed to help entrepreneurs.

“It looks to me like you wasted one million dollars.” Huelskamp responded.

Together, the two SBA offices represented at today’s hearing are primarily responsible for the agency’s entrepreneurial development programs, including a special focus on veteran-owned small businesses. You can read the full testimony here and view today’s hearing here.

The Committee is scheduled to mark up Views and Estimates on President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration this Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:00am.  

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Chairman Chabot Statement on ObamaCare Veto Override

2016/02/02

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement after voting to override President Obama’s veto of a measure to repeal the central pillars of ObamaCare.

“As long as ObamaCare remains in effect, America’s small businesses and the people they employ will continue to suffer its outrageous costs and burdensome mandates.  We must continue to do everything we can to get this unworkable, unaffordable law off the books as soon as possible and replace it with an efficient health care system that puts patients first and brings down costs.”  

Chabot pointed to two recent studies from the National Small Business Administration (NSBA) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) which demonstrate the burden Obamacare is placing on America's small businesses as they face major cost increases and struggle to navigate the confusion and complexity of the new system.  Read More

Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

2016/01/27

*POSTPONED*


Notice of Markup

The Committee on Small Business will hold a markup of the Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration.  The markup will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  

Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration

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SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

2016/01/26

Chairman Richard Hanna has scheduled a hearing of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce titled,  “SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development.”

*****THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED***

Witness

John Shoraka
Associate Administrator
Office of Government Contracts and Business Development
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

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Hearing Notice
Witness List

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Mark Up: H.R. 4341: “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016

2016/01/13

Chairman Steve Chabot has scheduled a markup on legislation to strengthen the small business industrial base. The Committee will mark up: H.R. 4341, “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016.” The markup is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

Markup Notice
H.R. 4341, “Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016"
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Small Business Committee Approves Defending America’s Small Contractors Act

2016/01/13

First Committee Markup of 2016

Bipartisan Legislation Advances to U.S. House

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Committee on Small Business today approved bipartisan legislation to expand and improve opportunties for America’s small firms to compete for federal contracts. The measure, H.R. 4341, the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016, was approved unanimously by the panel and now advances to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

“As a Committee, we’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that federal contracts are awarded appropriately to small businesses in order to maximize competition, create jobs and foster innovation,” said Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “This bipartisan, common-sense legislation will allow America’s small businesses new and improved opportunities to provide value and quality to the taxpayer.”

Specifically, the Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016:

  • Modernizes the Small Business Act, and the SBA’s reporting requirements, to ensure that the language used is clear and consistent across federal procurement programs.
  • Strengthens the small business advocates within SBA and other federal agencies so they can promote competition and compliance.
  • Improves opportunities for small businesses to compete for subcontracts, and then to capitalize on that experience to compete as prime contractors, thereby strengthening the industrial base.
  • Improves coordination and data sharing between the SBA’s government-wide mentor-protégé program, civilian agency mentor-protégé programs, and the mentor-protégé program at the Department of Defense.
  • Implements common sense reforms to ensuring integrity in small business programs, such as the agricultural size standards, veterans contracting programs, SBA operations and contracting officer training programs.

The measure was informed by the Committee’s ongoing efforts to improve contracting opportunities for small businesses across all federal agencies. Chairman Chabot noted that the first Committee markup of 2015 was also on contracting reform legislation and almost all of those provisions have since become law.

You can view the full Committee markup HERE

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Oversight of the Office of Innovation and Investment at the SBA

2016/01/12

Subcommittee Hearing

The Subcommittee on Health and Technology will meet for a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Office of Investment and Innovation at the SBA.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Witnesses

Mr. Mark Walsh
Associate Administrator Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC
Testimony 

Accompanied by:

Mr. John Williams
Director,Innovation and Technology
Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

Ms. Carol Fendler
Director Licensing and Programming Standards
Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program Office of Investment and Innovation
United States Small Business Administration
Washington, DC

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Committee Continues SBA Management Probe with Access to Capital Offices

2016/01/12

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WASHINGTON -
House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) continued the Committee's ongoing probe of management at the Small Business Administration (SBA) today with a hearing focused on the SBA's Access to Capital Offices. 

Today's panel examined the SBA's Office of Capital Access (OCA) and Office of Credit Risk Management (OCRM) and whether improvements within these Offices are necessary to ensure sufficient lender oversight and effectiveness in helping small firms obtain capital.

"As the SBA’s lending portfolio continues to grow, it will become even more vital that these two offices work together to establish clear guidance and ensure the integrity of the lending programs,” Chairman Chabot said.“I remain concerned that mismanagement at SBA could well be detracting from the integrity of these key financing programs.”

“We must keep these programs relevant and cost effective for lenders who make loans to small businesses. For 2016 both the 7(a) and 504 programs have returned to zero subsidy.” said Ann Marie Mehlum, the Associate Administrator of Capital Access for SBA. She noted that SBA loans to women have increased by twenty percent over the previous year and loans to veterans increased by 103 percent.

“SBA is particularly interested in balancing the growing credit needs of America’s small businesses with prudent lending, always ensuring that we are meeting the requirements of our mission as defined in the Small Business Act,”said Linda Rusche, Director of Office of Credit Risk Management at SBA. “My mission, and that of the entire Office of Credit Risk Management, is to effectively manage program credit risk, monitor lender performance, and enforce lending program requirements. In short, our mission is to maintain the integrity and viability of the 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs.”

The hearing comes after a blistering report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailing widespread mismanagement at the agency that may affect the ability of small businesses to access capital vital to their success in a timely and efficient manner. SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet responded to the report and concerns from Committee members about SBA mismanagement last week. 

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Chairman Chabot Talks #LastSOTU with WKRC in Cincinnati

2016/01/12

WASHINGTON -  House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) discussed President Obama's last State of the Union address and what it means for the economy and small businesses with WKRC TV in Cincinnati today.

Watch the Interview HERE

 

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Chairman Chabot Previews President Obama’s FINAL State of the Union

2016/01/12

Under Obama, Small Businesses Get Hit Worst and First

WASHINGTON
- House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement about what he expects from President Obama’s final State of the Union address tonight:

“Small business owners tell me a very different story than the one I expect President Obama to tell tonight. When President Obama circumvents Congress and takes executive action, small businesses get hit worst and they get hit first. From the unworkable, unaffordable ObamaCare law to an avalanche of new taxation, regulation and litigation, small businesses have been squeezed by this administration for eight years. I hope the President will put partisanship aside and work with Congress to relieve the burden on our entrepreneurs so they can focus on creating jobs and growing this economy.”

Chairman Chabot stopped by the nationally-syndicated Fox News Radio program “Kilmeade and Friends” this morning to discuss with host Brian Kilmeade what the President’s address will mean for the nation’s 28 million small businesses. The interview will be made available hereRead More

Chairman Chabot Reacts to President Obama's State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

WASHINGTON - House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement after President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address: 

“President Obama used his last ever State of the Union address to try to divide the American people and those they have chosen to represent them. Tonight, I hoped to hear President Obama reach out to the elected representatives of the people and commit to working with us. Instead, he talked about the ways he plans to work around us. He may not want to listen to us, but the American people should rest assured that we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re going to work harder than ever for meaningful tax reform, responsible and responsive government, and a safer America. Our families, small businesses, and leaders of the future depend on it.”

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Huelskamp Named Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee Chairman

2016/01/08

WASHINGTON - House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) today announced that Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) will serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.

“Congressman Huelskamp listens to his constituents first and foremost,” said Chairman Chabot. “That’s what small businesses need from their representatives in Washington, and that is what will make him a great leader for the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee.”

Huelskamp said of his new Chairmanship: "From family farms, to small manufacturers and our community banks, small businesses are the lifeblood of Kansas. It will be an honor to serve as Chairman of this Subcommittee and focus on issues so important to Kansans' and Americans’ way of life. As Chairman, I will invite small business owners, employees, farmers, bankers, and others to give their insight how the federal government can work better for them, or simply just get out of their way.”

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Chairman Chabot Lays out Vision for Small Business Committee in 2016

2016/01/08

Policymakers Must Match Resolve of Entrepreneurs in 2016

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
By Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

2015 was a testament to the strength and resilience of America’s entrepreneurs.

2016 will be a challenge to policymakers to match their resolve with bold leadership, creative solutions and meaningful reforms.

Congressman Steve Chabot
Chairman Chabot

As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I have worked with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to find new ways to empower America’s entrepreneurs and remove obstacles in the way of their success.

We must do all we can to help America’s entrepreneurs who dare to dream and put their shoulders to the wheel to turn those dreams into a reality. When they succeed, they create jobs and jump-start economic growth, benefitting our communities, our states and our country.

That’s why the Kauffman Foundation’s Main Street Entrepreneurship Indexfor 2015 could not have come at a better time. These reports contain a number of useful data points that help us better understand what we hear from our small business owners at home. This invaluable input from a variety of sources will better inform the conversation surrounding entrepreneurship in our nation’s capital this coming year.

Small business activity is on the rise despite the strong headwinds of high taxation and overregulation. Our goal as policymakers must be to harness that momentum, build on past successes and unleash the full might of the American entrepreneurial spirit.

This has been an exciting year for our Committee, and I firmly believe that our work can serve as an excellent example of what Washington can accomplish when both sides come together to help small businesses.

Of particular note were two bipartisan bills crafted by our Committee, passed by Congress and signed by the President that can serve as a model for pro-entrepreneur legislative initiatives in 2016.

The first is The Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (H.R. 2499), which makes it easier for a veteran or spouse of a veteran to obtain the private capital they need to start a business. The legislation achieves this by waiving the upfront guarantee fee for a Small Business Administration 7(a) express loan at no cost to the taxpayer.

I was proud to introduce this legislation, because veterans have invaluable skills and experience that often translate into success as entrepreneurs and small business owners.This law eliminates an obstacle to that success and will help ensure that the valuable skills of our service members are put to good use post deployment. The second bill is theRecovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of 2015(H.R. 208), which allows small business owners to re-apply for disaster loans in states affected by natural disasters, including Superstorm Sandy.

The Government Accountability Office and the Office of the Inspector General uncovered significant delays in the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s processing times for disaster recovery assistance loans and serious operational problems within the program. As a result, disaster relief funds were needlessly delayed, arriving so late that families and businesses suffered additional, unnecessary financial losses.

Our legislation provides a remedy for small businesses that were victimized twice, first by a disaster and then by bureaucratic incompetence. And I am pleased to report that SBA disaster centers began reopening this month to help entrepreneurs get back on track in pursuing their dreams.

Progress made in 2015 will set the stage for broader, more comprehensive reform in the coming year.

For example, we must extend and make permanent the temporary provisions in the tax code that are vital to the success of our entrepreneurs. Step by step, Congress is moving closer to providing more tax certainty in these key areas. Just last month, the House passed the PATH (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes) Act of 2015, which makes permanent the increased limits for the Section 179 expensing, and indexes those limits to inflation starting in 2016. The PATH Act also makes permanent the Research and Development tax credit and extends the bonus depreciation rules through 2019.

I look forward to continuing the conversation in 2016 and translating ideas into actionable policy solutions that will enable America’s entrepreneurs to thrive. I have no doubt the Kauffman Foundation will continue to make invaluable contributions to that conversation.

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Mike Bost

ILLINOIS' 12th DISTRICT

Dave Brat

VIRGINIA's 7th DISTRICT

Steve Chabot

OHIO's 1st DISTRICT

Carlos Curbelo

FLORIDA's 26th DISTRICT

Chris Gibson

NEW YORK's 19th DISTRICT

Richard Hanna

NEW YORK's 22nd DISTRICT

Crescent Hardy

NEVADA's 4th DISTRICT

Tim Huelskamp

KANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Steve King

IOWA's 4th DISTRICT

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CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

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MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

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SOUTH CAROLINA's 7th DISTRICT

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