House Small Business Committee
WASHINGTON – House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision and reinstated the prior joint-employer standard:
“I commend the NLRB for its decision to restore the common sense definition of a joint employer that the Obama Administration reversed. The only way to ensure that this standard remains in place, and that small businesses have certainty that they will remain local and independent, is Congressional action.”
Chairman Chabot is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, to reverse the NLRB’s decision expanding the definition of the joint employer standard, and earlier this year, sent a letter to the House Education and Workforce Committee in support of the bill. H.R. 3441 passed the House on November 8, 2017.
The Committee first held a roundtable in April 2015 on the issue. NLRB then expanded its definition of the joint employer standard in August 2015. In March 2016, the Committee held a hearing titled, “Risky Business: Effects of New Joint Employer Standards for Small Firms” to examine the negative impact of the rule on small businesses.
WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) sent a letter to David Kautter, Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting more information about the IRS’s recent enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate.
While ACA exempted businesses with 50 or fewer employees from the employer mandate, businesses with 51 or more employees who work 30 or more hours a week were classified as applicable large employers and were made subject to inflation adjusted shared responsibility payments if they had not offered ACA qualified health insurance.
The ACA’s definition of large employers is out of line with the rest of the federal government and the Obama Administration failed to enforce this rule for years.
“While the IRS, like other federal agencies, is obligated to enforce the laws under its jurisdiction, this sudden change has caught and will catch many employers by surprise,” said Chairman Chabot. “After the Obama-era IRS failed to enforce the law for several years, these small businesses are now subject to random and abrupt collection of these payments by the IRS.”
The full letter to the IRS can be read HERE.
The House Committee on Small Business has heard testimony from numerous small business employees and owners about how Obamacare has cost jobs and opportunities in communities across the United States and needs to be repealed and replaced.
WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law:
“Today is a great day for our nation’s military and our nation’s entrepreneurs and innovators. I applaud the President for signing this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that not only funds our military, but also is a win for America’s 29 million small businesses.”
Some small business-friendly provisions signed into law include:
- H.R. 1773, the Clarity for America’s Small Contractors Act of 2017, sponsored by Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), co-sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
- H.R. 3294, the HUBZone Unification and Business Stability Act of 2017, sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
- H.R. 1597, the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL); and
- H.R. 1693, the Improving Contract Procurement for Small Businesses through More Accurate Reporting Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Note: Chairman Chabot, upon the passage of the NDAA conference report, said, “Small businesses play a vital and indispensable role in providing for the common defense, and I thank both Chambers for recognizing their contribution to the safety of our homeland.”
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade will meet for a field hearing titled, “Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gap: Addressing Barriers to Small Business Formation and Growth.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 A.M. on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Room 209 of the Village of Deerfield Hall, 850 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL.This hearing will examine federal regulations that inhibit entrepreneurs and provide Subcommittee Members an opportunity to learn about the current barriers to entrepreneurship. It will also examine potential solutions to these challenges and methods utilized by entrepreneurs to achieve prosperity, such as capitalizing on emerging industries and fostering innovation.
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
Mr. Steven Whittington
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
LifeWorking Enterprise, LLC
Lake Forest, IL
Ms. Meg Barnhart
Founder and Co-Creator
The Zen of Slow Cooking
Lake Forest, IL
Mr. David Borris
Hel’s Kitchen Catering
Ms. Cheryl Besenjak
Grow Well Farms, LLC
Hoffman Estates, IL
WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) wrote an op-ed with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Small Business Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for The Hill on how Congress should do more when considering how regulations affect small businesses:
Every day, millions of American small business owners and their employees work hard to develop products, provide services, and create jobs that grow our economy. They are mom-and-pop stores, restaurants, tech startups, family farms, manufacturers, and distributors—they are our nation’s entrepreneurs. They are hardworking Americans. And they continue to work hard, even while navigating a tangled web of complex and costly regulations.
We are encouraged by the Administration’s efforts to ease this burden, including an Executive Order requiring the cost of any one new regulation to be offset by the removal of at least two existing regulations. However, it is Congress, and not the Executive Branch, that has the opportunity—and the obligation—to provide real, meaningful, and permanent regulatory relief for small businesses. They certainly don’t need or want another do-nothing bill or press release that pays lip service without delivering actual change. They need regulatory reform—reform which ensures regulators in future administrations actually listen to and take seriously the concerns of America’s small businesses.
Some of us in Congress are listening. During a House Small Business Committee hearing in September, one witness, Philip Howard, who testified on behalf of Common Good, a non-partisan coalition that focuses on simplifying government, told the Committee about one specific regulation bogging down small businesses: “Worker safety. For example, we literally have thousands of rules telling people helpful things like stairwell shall be lit by artificial or natural light. How else can they be lit?” Howard concluded, “These things have almost nothing to do with what makes the workplace safe.”
Small businesses need real regulatory reform like H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which passed the House as part of a larger regulatory reform package on January 11, 2017, and the Senate companion, S. 584, which passed the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 17, 2017.
That is why our Senate Democrat colleagues need to put aside their partisanship and support this bill.
Read the full article from The Hill HERE.
Chairman Chabot on the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017
WASHINGTON—Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot made the following statement regarding H.R. 477, the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017.
“As Chairman of the Committee on Small Business, I frequently hear how regulations are preventing growth and expansion. The bill before us today addresses one of the many regulatory hurdles that stand in the way of small business development,” said Chairman Chabot.
Chabot continued, “This should be a time of expansion and increased opportunities, not costs and bureaucratic red tape. Let’s continue to work together on behalf of the small businesses so that they can continue to grow today and create the jobs of tomorrow.”Click HERE to watch Chairman Chabot’s floor speech and HERE to read the full bill.
A decade ago, Ohio was considered a fly-over state. But today, the state is gaining ground on big startup regions. Cincinnati in particular has seen a number of changes in the past few years, including more capital, mentors, incubators and accelerators ready to guide the next generation of innovators.
With a goal of pitching ideas to investors during a demo day – think “Shark Tank” – accelerators put entrepreneurs through a fixed-term, group-based program that focuses on mentorships.
Though the accelerator model is not new, women and minorities still only make up a small share of accelerator participants. Fortunately, minority and women-focused accelerators have increasingly opened their doors over the last few years, many of which are right here in Cincinnati.
The Hillman Accelerator was launched this year by former Cincinnati Bengals star Dhani Jones, Candice Matthews and Ebow Vroom with the intent of increasing diversity in tech startups, particularly among minority and women entrepreneurs.
On July 10, 2017, Hillman welcomed its pilot cohort for a four-month program for tech companies led by underrepresented – African-American, Hispanic, Asian and/or woman – founders. Hillman invested $100,000 per founding team and delivered invaluable services such as business modeling, fundraising leadership, strategy development and legal consultations that helped position the teams for growth.
According to the Minority Entrepreneur Connectivity Assessment, a study released earlier this year by Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group, ethnic minority firms make up only 3 to 4 percent of the total clients served by state-supported pre-seed funds in Ohio.
On May 3, the House Committee on Small Business heard from entrepreneurs who are using their resources and knowledge to help other entrepreneurs succeed.
One witness, Ms. Carolyn Rodz, founder and CEO of Circular Board in Houston, told the committee, “If women and men participated equally in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the United States’ GDP could rise by $30 billion. Yet in spite of this, less than 5 percent of venture capital goes to female founders, and when we start to look at minorities, the numbers are significantly lower.”
Hillman is tearing down these walls as it seeks to empower underrepresented communities in tech by investing in their ideas, developing their talent and creating a runway for their future.
In their first 12 weeks, Hillman’s pilot cohort created 11 new full-time jobs and four part-time jobs, helped a company secure a paid contract with a large hospital system, engaged business and community mentors throughout the region for more than 400 volunteer hours and attracted over $2 million in venture capital from outside the state of Ohio.
As the Small Business Committee continues to fight for small businesses, accelerators like Hillman will make Ohio a leader in technology and innovation for entrepreneurs.
The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry.” The hearing will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The trucking industry plays a critical role in the United States economy. America’s businesses rely on the trucking industry to transport and deliver all types of goods and products. Many trucking companies can be as small as a one-person business and are subject to many of the same federal requirements as large trucking companies, including transportation safety regulations, environmental regulations, worker safety regulations, and labor regulations. Industries that rely on the trucking industry or use trucking as part of their business model can also be subject to many of the same regulations. This hearing will examine how federal regulations affect the small trucking industry and explore ways to provide regulatory relief to the industry.Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List
Mr. Monte Wiederhold
B.L. Reever Transport, Inc.
*Testifying on behalf of the Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association
Mr. Marty DiGiacomo
True Blue Transportation
* Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies
Mr. Stephen Pelkey
Chief Executive Officer
Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc.
* Testifying on behalf of the American Pyrotechnics Association
Mr. Tommy Phillipou
DKN Ready Mix
Long Island City, NY
* Testifying on behalf of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to examine how federal regulations affect the small trucking industry and explore ways to provide regulatory relief to them.
“With many regulations taking a one-size-fits-all approach, small trucking companies are forced to comply with expensive, confusing, and time-consuming regulations. This is not only costing small businesses, but America’s economy as a whole, through lost time and delays in receiving all types of goods and products,” said Chairman Chabot (R-OH).
One-Size-Fits-All Regulations Don’t Work for the Trucking Industry
Small trucking companies are subject to many of the same federal requirements as large trucking companies, and the regulations tend to take a one-size-fits-all approach. Industries that rely on the trucking industry or use trucking as part of their business model can also be subject to many of the same burdensome regulations.
“Frequently, regulations promoted by these large fleets are disingenuously billed as silver bullet solutions to enhancing highway safety, despite a distinct lack of reputable evidence to support their claims. In reality, they are economic weapons used to squeeze smaller competitors out of the trucking industry by increasing their operating costs. Continuance of the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach has left the federal government complicit,” said Monte Wiederhold, President of B. L. Reever Transport, Inc. in Maumee, OH.
“Small business trucking bears a heavy load of rules, regulations, and red tape that are counterproductive to their stated intentions. These regulations, such as the inflexible HOS [Hours of Service] rules, the CSA [Compliance Safety Accountability] program, and the ELD [Electronic Logging Device] mandate add costs, time, and attention, as well as sap small firms’ resources unnecessarily. Instead of making the road safer, these rules and government mandates make both truckers and the driving public less safe,” said Marty DiGiacomo, Owner of True Blue Transportation in Harrisburg, NC.
“Our major concern with the current regulatory structure is that small industry stakeholders are continually swept into these ‘one size fits all’ transportation regulations that are best suited for large commercial companies,” said Stephen Pelkey, Chief Executive Officer of Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc. in Jaffrey, NH. “There are often many ways to achieve the same goals, and if small businesses are to survive, the DOT [Department of Transportation] regulatory agencies need to do a better job in recognizing the differences between small and big businesses, and that different approaches may be necessary.”
Chairman Chabot introduced H.R. 33, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, to ensure that federal agencies actually examine how their new regulations would impact small businesses and require them to consider ways to reduce unnecessary costs and burdens. The bill was included in a larger bill, H.R. 5 – the Regulatory Accountability Act – which passed the House with a bipartisan vote in January.
WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement following the appointment of Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) to the Committee:
“From serving the city of Provo, Utah, to building a multi-million dollar business, Rep. Curtis will make a great addition to the our committee, bringing his experience as a small business owner to help our nation’s small companies. We look forward to working with him.”
After being named to the Committee, Curtis said, “Serving on the House Small Business Committee is a tremendous opportunity for me to serve the people of the 3rd Congressional District and I'm ready to get to work for them. Utahn's know that our small businesses - including our startups and our small business manufacturers - are the backbone of our economy.”
John R. Curtis proudly represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District in the United States Congress. In addition to serving on the House Committee on Small Business, he will also be serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.