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Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BACHUS. I thank the chairman.

The chairman and I have had several small businesses in Alabama--marble businesses, granite businesses, stone businesses--that have contacted me and have told me that this discretionary permission to request a research order or a promotion is very important to them.

They've been struggling over the past several years since our what was almost a depression, and they're small businesses. I'm talking about businesses of 10 people, 30 people, 100 people. This is predominantly a small business venture, and we all have them in our communities.

I would urge a ``no'' vote, although I do respect the gentleman from Michigan and many of his endeavors.

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Mr. BACHUS. Mr. Chairman, I bring a very simple but a very important amendment for consideration.

Several agencies of government have small business review panels. They are advisory in nature; and as our agencies go through the rulemaking process, they get input on how their regulations will affect small businesses. This amendment really takes advantage of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, which allows the agencies to form these panels.

Mr. Barrow of Georgia, myself, Mr. Graves of Missouri, and Mr. Matheson, actually in the next week or two, will be introducing language to really improve these small business panels. The SBA Advocacy Office recently said that small businesses pay about 45 percent more in annual cost in complying with regulations. They spoke very favorably of these panels.

I have a letter I will include from the NFIB urging strong support for this amendment.

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Mr. BACHUS. I do want to say, as the chairman knows, the Judiciary Committee, as well as the Small Business Committee, has been looking at the effect of regulations on small businesses, and we've heard several horror stories. I welcome and applaud the Agriculture Committee and its leadership for being in support of this amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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