New Leadership, Strong Voice for Small Business: Small Business Committee Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer

By at 15 April, 2021, 12:58 pm



Since his ascension to the Ranking Member position on the House Small Business Committee, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) has been a strong and engaged voice for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition to his bipartisan leadership in advancing the recent PPP extension bill signed by President Biden, he is urging the White House and key leaders within the Administration to exercise restraint on imposing government burdens  – new taxes, regulations and mandates – on small businesses as they struggle to recover from the pandemic.

In an April 12 letter to President Biden, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer wrote:

“We must strive for a smart regulatory, tax, and capital access environment that allows small businesses to provide the highest level of service to their customers and their communities. Rather than sacrificing valuable time and resources on managing paperwork, bureaucratic red tape, and compliance burdens, small businesses should be concentrating on building the next great American service or product.”

On the wide range of issues that impact small businesses, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer’s advocacy and engagement is appreciated by SBE Council and our members. Highlights of his other recent actions and work include:

SVOG Program Efficiency and Integrity: On April 7, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer expressed concern about an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that focused on shortfalls in the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program the day its portal was launched on April 8.  When the SVOG portal crashed a few hours after launching, he issued another statement about the need for care and integrity in re-launching the program to ensure it reaches the most vulnerable of small businesses, and to guard against taxpayer fraud and abuse.

Timely PPP Loan Forgiveness: On March 31, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer sent a letter to SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman requesting answers on PPP loan forgiveness applications that are exceeding the 90-day requirement (per the CARES Act) where a lender is required to make a decision on forgiveness in 60 days and the SBA should remit forgiveness on the determined amount within 90 days of a decision being made. He asks the Administrator to take action on this important matter.

Regulatory Flexibility for Small Business and COVID OSHA Workplace Measures: In a March 29 letter to OSHA, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer asked how their COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and Interim Enforcement Response Plan will be adapted in order to reduce burdens on small businesses.

Chief Counsel for Advocacy: On March 19, 2021, Ranking Member Luetkemeyer, joined by all Republican Committee Members, sent a letter urging President Biden to swiftly nominate a bipartisan Chief Counsel for Advocacy. The Chief Counsel for Advocacy is the government’s prime watchdog to ensure that regulations are designed and written to consider the needs of our small businesses, which create more jobs than any sector of our economy.

GOP committee members and staff are interested in feedback and ideas from the small business community and you can reach out here. Sign up to receive breaking news and updates from the Ranking Member here.

Karen Kerrigan is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.



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