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Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BARROW. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding. I have spent a lot of time meeting with small business owners across my district because small businesses are the backbone of our economy and they hold the key to our recovery. In the last decade, 70 percent of all new jobs are created by small businesses. But many are now facing a credit squeeze which makes it hard to cover everyday expenses, including hiring and remaining workers. It is in the best interest of our country that our small businesses thrive. That is why the Small Business Lending Fund Act deserves our support.

I am pleased to offer an amendment with Congressman Israel that I think makes this good bill just a little bit better. Our amendment simply asks banks receiving funds under this act to reach out to women, minority and veteran-owned businesses to make them aware of the availability of these funds. These businesses are a valuable but often disadvantaged part of our economy, and I think they deserve our special attention.

I want to thank Congressman Israel for his collaboration on this amendment and his leadership, I want to thank the chairman for his support.


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