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The Local Impact of Economic Growth

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access will meet for a hearing titled, “The Local Impact of Economic Growth.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

The Subcommittee will examine how the recent economic expansion is affecting minority-owned small businesses.  This hearing will have a particular focus on how regulatory and tax changes have renewed small business optimism and benefited small business owners.  

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Witnesses
Mr. Larry Lopez
President
Green JobWorks LLC
Baltimore, MD
*Testifying on behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors

Mr. Mansour Azimipour
President
A&K Development Corporation
Locust Grove, VA

Ms. Brenda Jones Barwick
President and CEO
Jones Public Relations
Oklahoma City, OK
*Testifying on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy

Ms. Valarie J. Cofield
President and CEO
Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council
Philadelphia, PA

Troubled Skies: The Aviation Workforce Shortage's Impact on Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will meet for a hearing titled, “Troubled Skies: The Aviation Workforce Shortage's Impact on Small Businesses.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on September 26, 2018 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The purpose of this Subcommittee hearing is to examine the pilot and mechanic shortage in the aviation industry, in the context of small businesses.  A confluence of factors has led to a widening gap between pilots and aviation mechanics leaving and entering the workforce.  While the shortage has been widely documented and covered by business experts and journalists, the impact to small businesses operating as part of this pipeline remain unexamined.  The hearing will allow the Subcommittee to receive testimony on the negative effects of this aviation workforce shortage on small businesses across the country and identify potential solutions that may help reverse this decline.       

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Witnesses
Mr. Brett Levanto
Vice President of Communications
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Alexandria, VA

Mr. Jay Mercer
Owner
Golden State Air Charter, LLC
Bakersfield, CA

Ms. Sarah Oberman Bartush
Chief Marketing Officer & Director of Business Development
CI Jets
Camarillo, CA

Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,”at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. This hearing will examine privacy policies of top technology and communications firms, review the current state of consumer data privacy, and offer members the opportunity to discuss possible approaches to safeguarding privacy more effectively. 

Consumers deserve clear answers and standards on data privacy protection,” said Thune“This hearing will provide leading technology companies and internet service providers an opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, how they plan to address new requirements from the European Union and California, and what Congress can do to promote clear privacy expectations without hurting innovation.”

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Len Cali, Senior Vice President—Global Public Policy, AT&T Inc.
  • Mr. Andrew DeVore, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Mr. Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google LLC
  • Mr. Damian Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer and Associate Legal Director, Twitter, Inc.
  • Mr. Guy (Bud) Tribble, Vice President for Software Technology, Apple Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Welch, Senior Vice President, Policy & External Affairs, Charter Communications, Inc.

*Witness list subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee
Dirksen Senate Office Building G50 

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Global Space Race: Ensuring the United States Remains the Leader in Space

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.

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.

Senate Approves Opioid Crisis Response Act with Key Commerce Committee Provisions

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 6), which includes provisions addressing a national drug and health crisis.

Cleveland.com: Opioid Epidemic Reduces Small Business Labor Force

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Last week, the House Committee on Small Business held a full committee hearing on how the opioid crisis is affecting small business, specifically the decline in the labor force participation rate. The discussion included Katie Van Dyke, Director of Cleveland State University’s Ohio Small Business Development Center, as outlined by Cleveland.com below:

“The opioid crisis poses major challenges to small businesses in Ohio as employers in rural and urban areas alike have trouble finding workers who can pass drug tests, the director of Cleveland State University's Ohio Small Business Development center on Thursday told a congressional committee...

“Van Dyke noted that opioid overdose deaths increased 39 percent in Ohio from 2016 to 2017, and many of the deaths were not stereotypical "junkies." She said unintentional drug overdoses that may have started as a prescription for a surgery or injury cost an average of $5.4 million each day in medical and work loss costs in Ohio alone…

“The committee's chairman, Cincinnati-area GOP Rep. Steve Chabot, said many young working age Americans aren't looking for jobs because of opioid addiction, making it harder for businesses to fill important openings. A recent report by the National Safety Council estimated that more than 70 percent of U.S. employers have been affected by prescription drug use, said Chabot.

“Chabot said his committee will use the material it collected at the hearing to examine ways the federal government can help small businesses find ways to help their workers…”

Read the full article from Cleveland.com HERE.

Chairman Chabot Applauds NLRB’s Decision to Restore Joint Employer Standard

House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – This week, House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its proposed rule on the joint-employer standard:

“The NLRB’s decision to restore the joint-employer standard is welcome news for small businesses everywhere. Job creators and innovators deserve certainty that they can continue to operate their businesses locally and independently. The Obama-era scheme jeopardizes small businesses, including franchises and subcontractors. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to advance a permanent legislative solution for America’s small businesses.”

The proposed rule would roll back the NLRB’s 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., which expanded the definition of joint employer, and restored the standard that was in place for over 30 years.

On August 31, 2018, Chairman Chabot and Rep. Cuellar (D-TX) introduced H.R. 6695, the Trademark Licensing Protection Act, which clarifies that controlling a licensed trademark does not create an employment relationship.

In March 2018, Chairman Chabot sent a letter to the then-Chairman of the NLRB, expressing his disappointment in the NLRB’s reinstatement of the harmful Obama-era joint-employer standard.

Chairman Chabot is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act, which would reverse the NLRB’s decision in Hy-Brand International Contractors, Ltd. H.R. 3441 passed the House on November 8, 2017.

Small businesses are encouraged to send their comments on regulatory proposals and how they will affect their business to the Federal Register through the Committee’s Regulation Watch page.

Fifth Circuit Signals Sea Change in CFPB Civil Investigative Demand Analysis

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:07pm
Featured Expert Contributor, White Collar Crime & Corporate Compliance By Gregory A. Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP in Las Vegas, NV and Washington, DC with Sarah Auchterlonie, a Shareholder in the Denver, CO office. On September 6, 2018 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit raised the standard under …

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Now Hiring: How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:00am

The Committee on Small Business will meet for a hearing titled, “Now Hiring: How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Small Businesses.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will explore the effects of the opioid crisis on small businesses.  Specifically, the hearing will examine the decline in the labor force participation rate due to the epidemic and the challenges that small businesses experience in finding qualified workers as a result. 

Attachments
1. Hearing Notice
2. Witness List

Witnesses
Mr. Ben Gitis
Director of Labor Market Policy
American Action Forum
Washington, DC

Ms. Cathy Walsh
Director
Ohio Small Business Development Center
Lakeland Community College
Kirtland, OH
*Testifying on behalf of America’s SBDC

Ms. Lisa Allen
President & CEO
Ziegenfelder Company
Wheeling, WV

Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled, “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America,” at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The hearing will examine emerging technologies across the transportation sector that have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation and will explore federal policy opportunities to encourage private sector innovation.

“Our transportation systems must innovate to keep pace with the demands of our growing economy,” said Thune. “Bringing in innovative transportation leaders as witnesses will offers members of our committee an opportunity to ask questions about and assess the potential of technologies beyond the horizon of Congress’ immediate consideration.”  


Witness:

  • Ms. Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
  • Mr. Josh Raycroft, Director Business Strategy, Virgin Hyperloop One
  • Mr. Davis Sanford, Campaigns Lead, Naval Ship Intelligence & Technologies, Rolls-Royce Marine North America
  • Ms. Laurie Tolson, Chief Digital Officer, GE Transportation

Hearing Details:

 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee

 

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.

<p>This nation built the Erie Canal,

This nation built the Erie Canal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Wright 1903 Flyer, and the Interstate Highway System. These advancements made America’s transportation system the envy of the world and unlocked enormous opportunities for Americans: they created jobs and new sources of wealth; opened markets; connected rural areas to urban areas and the coasts to the heartland; improved the efficiency and safety of the movement people and goods, and gave American businesses a significant advantage over economic competitors.

More recently, however, our transportation system has struggled to keep pace with the growing demands of a dynamic economy. Freight movement is expected to double over the next few decades, the growth of e-commerce continues to present new opportunities and challenges, and competition from foreign countries is strong.

Meanwhile, our roadways are increasingly congested as Americans spend too many hours stuck in traffic, at a cost of over $160 billion per year in wasted time, fuel, and vehicle wear-and-tear, and transportation connections in many areas—including rural areas—are hindered by deteriorating infrastructure conditions.

While there is a real need for robust investment, the transportation sector also needs innovative solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of our system.

It is essential that the private and public sectors work together to prepare for the future and promote technologies that will improve the ways in which people and goods get to and from their destinations, including urban and rural areas.

Technology has the potential to make it easier to get to work, get our groceries, plan our businesses, or pick-up our kids or grandkids. Technological changes and innovation may transform all aspects of our transportation network—from vehicles and equipment to the underlying infrastructure to the logistics software that helps connect us.

Our Committee has been active this Congress on automated vehicles, next-generation telecom, unmanned aircraft systems or drones, and other emerging technology issues.

Senator Peters and I have been advancing our AV START Act to facilitate the safe development of automated vehicles, which will help save lives, improve mobility for all Americans–including those with disabilities—and create new jobs by maintaining U.S. leadership in this important technology.

With the passage of MOBILE NOW, my work with Senator Schatz on the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, and the Committee’s related work on 5G spectrum, we are also working to maintain American leadership in next-generation communications technology—a position China and others seek for themselves.

In addition, this Committee has included several provisions in the Senate FAA bill that will help promote drone technologies while addressing safety and privacy issues and improving enforcement and federal oversight of drone operations.

Of course, there are many other forms of technology within the Committee’s jurisdiction that will transform how we do business. An important role of this Committee is to hold these types of hearings to better inform Congress and the public on emerging technologies in areas under our purview.

While we do not always know which technology will succeed, or what the technological maturation process will look like or mean for our everyday lives, it is critical that Congress engage with innovators and ensure Federal policy supports, and does not hold back, American ingenuity.

I expect this hearing will examine how emerging transportation technologies will fit within federal regulatory, financing, and permitting policies. It will help answer an ongoing question – how should the Federal government best engage in the transportation of tomorrow?

Answering these questions can help ensure our transportation system keeps pace with a dynamic economy and is the envy of the world.

This morning, we will be hearing from a distinguished panel of witnesses on new and exciting areas in transportation that will transform the way people and goods move in the 21st century. I look forward to all of your testimonies.

SBC Discusses How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to explore the effects of the opioid crisis on small businesses. Specifically, Members examined the decline in the labor force participation rate due to the epidemic and the challenges that small businesses experience in finding qualified workers as a result.

“The American economy is soaring. Significant growth is occurring as we speak and Americans, especially entrepreneurs, are once again optimistic about the future of their businesses,” said Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “However, many small businesses are now facing a new challenge in finding, hiring, and retaining qualified workers. Many young working age Americans are not working or actively seeking work as a result of opioid addiction, impeding the ability of businesses to fill important job openings. I look forward to using this conversation to examine potential ways to help small businesses find qualified workers to help grow their business.”

What Experts Say About Combating the Opioid Crisis   

“While the health and personal consequences of the opioid crisis are apparent, the increase in opioid dependency is also impacting the broader U.S. economy,” said Ben Gitis, Director of Labor Market Policy at American Action Forum. “The U.S. economy depends on prime-age workers because they are among the most productive workers in the labor force. As federal, state, and local policymakers consider ways to grow the economy, boost the labor supply, and support small businesses, addressing the opioid epidemic must be part of the solution.”

“A significant challenge to Ohio’s current business operations – in both the urban or rural communities – is Ohio’s opioid crisis,” said Katie Van Dyke, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Cleveland State University. “From small businesses struggling to fill needed positions, to Ohioans unable to fulfill their working potential, opioids are a plague on Ohio’s economy. The Ohio SBDC at Lakeland Community College created a workshop called ‘The Opioid Crisis in the Workplace: The Proactive Role Employers Can Take.’ This Workshop was built to be easily replicable for each SBDC in the different counties to offer and customize with local subject matter experts.”

“Drug addiction knows no bounds. Addicts are our sons, our daughters, our mothers and our fathers,” said Lisa Allen, President & CEO of Ziegenfelder Company in Wheeling, WV. “As a company we work with local counselors, social service agencies, our medical community, law enforcement, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and federal probation officers and state parole officers on a case-by-case basis working to employ and assist recovery and reentry.”

Click HERE to read full testimonies and HERE to watch full hearing video.

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