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Washington Watch - February 21, 2019

 

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Small Business Committee Assignments for the 116th

The 116th Committee assignments to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and House Small Business Committee were recently announced and finalized.

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will be led by Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). The committee is welcoming three new members, Republicans Senator Mitt Romney (UT) and Senator Josh Hawley (MO) and Democrat Senator Jacky Rosen (NV). In the House, Chairman Lydia Velasquez (D-NY) is once again presiding over the committee alongside Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH).

The Democrats have a strong roster of new members, including Representatives Abby Finkenauer (IA), Andy Kim (NJ), Sharice Davids (KS), Jared Golden (ME), Jason Crow (CO) Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Antonio Delgado (NY), and Chrissy Houlahan (PA)

New Republican committee members, including Representatives Kevin Hern (OK), Jim Hagedorn MN), Pete Stauber (MN), Tim Burchett (TN), Ross Spano (FL), and John Joyce (PA)


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NASE to Participate in SBEC Small Business Policy Expo

Keith Hall, NASE President and CEO, will participate as a panelist at the first Small Business Entrepreneurship Council Policy expo on Wednesday, January 30. Joining Hall on the panel titled, “The Small Business Agenda 2019: Consensus for Action?" are fellow small business advocates and association leaders, including, Talisha Bekavac, Vice President of Government and External Affairs, U.S. Black Chambers Inc.; Corrine Hodges, CEO, Association of Women’s Business Centers. And Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council). The panel will be moderated by Todd McCraken, President, National Small Business Association (NSBA). Learn more about the expo and panel, here.


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Small Biz Bill Introduced in Bipartisan Spirit

Keith Hall, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced the Association's support of new bipartisan small business tax legislation, the Small Business Owners’ Tax Simplification Act of 2019, which aims to “provide small business owners with much needed clarity as they navigate the complex United States tax code by updating the code to reflect both technological advancements and modern business models.”

The bipartisan legislation was recently introduced by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business.

In the introduction of the bill, the committee described it by saying: “The bipartisan legislation would provide small business owners with much needed clarity as they navigate the complex United States tax code by updating the code to reflect both technological advancements and modern business models. Whether through allowing electronic signatures, amplifying anti-fraud measures, or clarifying cafeteria plan participation, this bill levels the tax code playing field for small businesses throughout the country.”

NASE submitted a letter in support of the new bipartisan legislation. NASE has long advocated for a more simplified tax code having supported the passage of the Tax and Jobs Act.


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