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Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. BIGGERT. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, small businesses are the engine of the American economy, and our legislation will help to provide the boost that they need to create jobs. When I talk to small business leaders in my district, they consistently site burdensome government regulations, restrictions, and their difficulty accessing capital as the primary barriers to growth.

Currently, outdated Federal rules dampen both innovation and investment because the cost of regulatory compliance is just too high for the up-and-coming firms. H.R. 1070, the Small Company Capital Formation Act, will help change that.

The subject of this bill, regulation A, was enacted during the Great Depression to help small businesses access financing. However, these rules have not been properly adjusted over time to reflect the rising cost associated with taking a small company public. As a result, regulation A prohibits smaller companies from taking advantage of a crucial capital-raising vehicle.

H.R. 1070 will reopen the capital markets for small businesses, allowing them to invest and hire new employees. This legislation will jump-start the IPO market and revitalize public capital-raising opportunities that have been severely suppressed over the last decade.

At a time when capital is harder to find than ever, this bipartisan, commonsense proposal will make our financial system work to the benefit of small businesses and promote greater competition in the marketplace.

I thank the gentleman from Arizona for his hard work on this legislation, and I ask my colleagues for their support.


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