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Good News: Senate Small Business Committee Advances Nomination of Chief Counsel for Advocacy

By at 28 March, 2019, 8:44 am

Small Business Insider

On March 27, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted affirmatively to advance the nomination of David Tryon as Chief Counsel for the SBA’s Office of Advocacy. His nomination was approved by the committee in the 115th Congress, but action must be taken again in the 116th. SBE Council will now urge a full Senate vote as quickly as possible.  In a support letter for the nomination to Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan wrote:

“The role of Chief Counsel is vital to America’s small business and entrepreneurial sector, and we urge all Committee members to support Mr. Tryon’s nomination so that this important position, which has been vacant for an extended period of time, can be considered by the full Senate as soon as possible.”

Kerrigan added that David Tryon is eminently qualified, as he has a solid balance of legal and small business issue experience, as well as working with and representing small to mid-size businesses: “As someone deeply involved in locally-based business organizations and professional associations he understands the critical role of small business engagement and collaboration.”

Kerrigan also noted the importance of the Office of Advocacy to small businesses, but the absence of a Chief Counsel limits its leverage “in terms of its interface with federal agencies and the work it can complete in recommending regulatory improvements and changes voiced by small businesses at scores of roundtable sessions hosted over the past two years.”

That is the message that SBE Council and its members will impress upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to ensure that a full floor vote to confirm the nomination is scheduled as soon as possible.

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