The House of Representatives on Monday evening passed H.R.2142, Congressman John Joyce's bipartisan bill to ease regulatory compliance burdens for small businesses. Joyce teamed up with his House Small Business Committee colleague Anthony Delgado (D- NY) to introduce the legislation.
"As a small business owner, I am confident that this measure will free job creators up to grow and expand by streamlining the regulatory burdens that they face each day," said Congressman Joyce. "It brings me great pride to know that this legislation passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Working across the aisle to get things done that will benefit the American people is exactly what I was sent to Washington to do, and I thank Congressman Delgado for his partnership on this initiative."
Congressman Delgado added, "Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in NY-19 and we ought to be making it easier, not harder, for folks to start a business and access resources from the federal government. Today, I'm proud the House voted to pass my bipartisan Small Business Ombudsman bill that will create a one-stop shop for small business owners and self-owned employers to access resources and answer their questions. I will continue to focus on moving this urgently needed legislation to help small businesses in NY-19 grow, thrive, and compete with larger counterparts. I encourage the Senate to take up this legislation as soon as possible to relieve the regulatory burden and cut red tape holding back so many small business owners."
The bill would require the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of the National Ombudsman to create a centralized website that houses small business compliance guides designed to help small businesses deal with federal regulations. Under a separate law, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, federal agencies are required to publish a "small entity compliance guide" for certain regulations. Joyce's legislation would make these guides more accessible by creating a centralized "one-stop shop" online for small business owners who often lack the resources to hire staff to focus on compliance issues. The bill would also list contact information for the appropriate agency staff who could provide regulatory assistance to small businesses.
JOYCE'S RECORD ON SMALL BUSINESS
-The measure that passed the House Monday night is just one of the efforts Joyce has championed to assist small business owners across the country during his tenure in Congress so far.
-In February, Joyce called on Congress to make the 2017 tax cuts permanent for small businesses.
-As a member of the Small Business Committee, Joyce in hearings has pushed for further investments from Congress in rural broadband and vocational education programs related to small businesses.
-Joyce continues to call on Congress to pass the USMCA trade agreement, which U.S. International Trade Administration has stated will have a positive impact on small businesses.
-According to the U.S. International Trade Administration, of the 86,526 U.S. firms that export to Canada,
59.9% have less than 20 employees. In the case of Mexico 57.7% of the 57,098 U.S. firms that export have
less than 20 employees.