by Hardy Stone
(SDVOSB News Services, January 25, 2013) Washington, DC — Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, welcomed colleagues today urging a bipartisan approach to issues pertinent to small business.
The Committee begins deliberations without Ranking Member Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who retired at the close of the 112th Congress. Snowe was a strong advocate for small business for nineteen years, introducing — among many other legislative initiatives — the Small Business Fraud Prevention Act (S 633) of 2011. Though the bill did not move through Congress, it encouraged the Veteran’s Administration to revisit the efficiency of its verification program for SDVOSB and VOSB, known as the Center for Veterans Enterprise.
Senator Landrieu recognized the new Committee Ranking Member, Jim Risch (R-ID): “I look forward to working across party lines with Senator Risch to ensure small businesses thrive and create jobs….If both sides of the aisle come together to put job creators first, then the 113th Congress will see continued successes on behalf of America’s 28 million small businesses.”
Guided by Senator Landrieu, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship passed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. In addition, the Committee provided 12 billion in tax relief to small business and ensured parity for small business surety bonds.
Democrats sitting on the Committee include Senators Carl Levin (MI), Tom Harkin (IA), Maria Cantwell (WA), Mark Pryor (AR), Ben Cardin (MD), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Kay Hagan (NC) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). In addition to Ranking Member Jim Risch, Republicans include Senators David Vitter (LA), Marco Rubio (FL), Rand Paul (KY), Deb Fischer (NE), Mike Enzi (WY) and Ron Johnson (WI).
Hardy Stone is the editor/publisher of VetLikeMe, the nation’s only publication devoted to service disabled veteran owned business.