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House Passes 9 Bipartisan Small Business Bills

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the House passed nine bipartisan bills, ranging from legislation making it easier for small businesses to access capital to expanding contracting opportunities.

“I am pleased the House passed these nine common-sense, bipartisan bills to help America’s 30 million small businesses and those they employ. These bills will ensure small businesses’ have access to capital, making it easier for them to thrive and grow. I thank the Committee Members on both sides of the aisle for their hard work and continued bipartisan commitment to putting American entrepreneurs first.”

H.R. 6348, “Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency (ACE) Act” – introduced by Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)

H.R. 6348 reduces burdens and conflicting regulations for small businesses by updating the Small Business Administration’s 504/Certified Development Company Loan Program’s commercial real estate appraisal threshold.

H.R. 6347, “7(a) Real Estate Harmonization Act” – introduced by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)

H.R. 6347 updates SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program’s commercial real estate appraisal threshold.

H.R. 6330, “Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018” – introduced by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

H.R. 6330 modifies SBA’s size calculation to provide small businesses with more time to be considered “small” for the purposes of SBA’s small business programs.

H.R. 6369, “Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2018” – introduced by Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL)

H.R. 6369 increases the size of sole source contract awards for women owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and implements a new eligibility determination process to ensure sole source awards are made to eligible firms.

H.R. 6367, “Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act” – introduced by Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) and Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS)

H.R. 6367 allows large prime contractors to take credit for subcontracting to small businesses at lower tiers, provided that prime contractors keep records substantiating subcontracting credit claimed at lower tiers, and creates a new dispute process for small subcontractors to bring nonpayment issues to the agency’s small business advocate (Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization).

H.R.  6382, “Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act of 2018” – introduced by Rep. Alma Adams (D- NC) and Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

H.R. 6382 requires the SBA to report federal spending made through designated “best-in-class” vehicles, and to report on the dollars spent through these vehicles awarded to small businesses.

H.R. 6316, “Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2018” – Introduced by Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)

H.R. 6316 allows the SBA Office of Advocacy to examine the role of small business in international economies and to represent small business views before foreign governments and international entities.

H.R. 6368, “Encouraging Small Business Innovators Act” – introduced by Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC)

H.R. 6368 makes a series of changes to the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, making them easier for small firms to use.

S. 791, “Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017” – introduced by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Senator James Risch (R-ID)

S. 791 will expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses. It is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 2655, which passed the House in July.

Chairman Chabot Welcomes Rep. Balderson to the Small Business Committee

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after welcoming Congressman Troy Balderson (R-OH) to the Committee:

“Congressman Balderson’s experience with his family-owned farm and automotive dealership, coupled with his service as an Ohio State Senator, will make him an asset to our Committee. We value his insight on small business issues and I look forward to working together to ensure small businesses in Ohio and across the country continue to flourish.”  

After being named to the Committee, Balderson said, “I am proud to serve as a member of the Small Business Committee. As the former operator of a family-owned farm and auto shop, I know firsthand the difficulties and challenges faced by Ohio’s small businesses. I look forward to using my experience in the private sector and as a former state lawmaker to support these businesses and ensure they have the tools and resources they need to grow and succeed.”

Congressman Balderson represents Ohio’s 12th district and was sworn into Congress on September 5, 2018. He will serve on the Subcommittees on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade and Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access.  

House and Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement on Long-term FAA and Disaster Program Reform Legislation

“This five-year authorization improves our aviation system for travelers, manufacturers, and innovators,” said Chairman Thune. “It also strengthens the overall safety and security of our transportation system. I expect the House and Senate will now move quickly to send the president a bill he can sign.”

Subcommittee Continues Hearing Series with NASA Administrator Bridenstine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing titled “Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space,” at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The third in a series of hearings leading up to a potential National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) authorization, this hearing will examine the challenges NASA faces in undertaking human and robotic exploratory missions, its research in aeronautics and space technology, and how the agency’s current and planned initiatives will affect its future mission goals. 

Witnesses:

  • The Honorable James Bridenstine, Administrator, National Aeronatics and Space Administration

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
2:15 p.m.
Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

 

ICYMI – Access to Capital Improves for Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – According to a recent report from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and Dun & Bradstreet Q3 2018 Private Capital Access Index, small businesses are finding it easier to acquire capital. More specifically, 53 percent of the small businesses surveyed said they were successful in securing a loan in the past three months.

“Access to capital is critical for small businesses to start and grow their companies. This new report is yet more proof that the economic climate, due to fewer regulations and the tax reform law, is favorable for small business owners. This also comes three months after legislation I introduced, the Small Business 7(a) Lending Oversight Reform Act, became law in June. The law ensures appropriate oversight of the Small Business Administration’s most popular loan program, while also providing certainty to small businesses,” said House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).

“Small businesses, especially Main Street businesses, have turned a corner and banks have taken notice,” said Nalanda Matia, lead economist at Dun & Bradstreet, in a release. “Funding is flowing to smaller enterprises who are in growth mode.”

WLF Supreme Court Preview Briefing Delves into Cases and Petitions Affecting Free Enterprise

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:56am
Our October Term 2018 preview aired live at 12:30 on September 18. Thomas Goldstein of Goldstein & Russell, P.C. moderated a panel that featured Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley School of Law; Shay Dvoretzky of Jones Day; and Beth Brinkmann of Covington & Burling LLP. Washington Legal Foundation has filed amicus briefs in four …

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Courts Reject Buyers’ Remorse and Wasted Time as Redressable Class-Wide Injuries

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:33am
We return once again (click here for past posts) to the seemingly banal legal doctrine of standing to sue—a subject that few, if any, likely contemplated when celebrating Constitution Day this week. This doctrine does, however, arise from the Constitution’s ingenious separation of powers among the three branches of government. Article III limits the judiciary’s …

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Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources,” at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. This hearing will focus on conflict and crime in global fisheries. Specifically, the hearing will examine current pressure on fishery resources, geographic areas where conflict is likely to arise, state and non-state actors involved in conflict and criminal activity associated with seafood scarcity, measures being taken to address the conflict and criminal activity, any barriers to such measures, and what more could be done.

Witnesses:

  • Vice Admiral Daniel B. Abel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Ambassador David Balton, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Dr. Bama Athreya, Labor and Employee Rights Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard 

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

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