United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was created on December 4, 1941.[1]


113th congress

Sam Graves (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Sam Graves (R).


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Small Business Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (11)Republican members (14)
Nydia Velázquez (New York) Ranking memberSam Graves (Missouri) Chair
Kurt Schrader (Oregon) Steve Chabot (Ohio)
Yvette Clarke (New York) Steve King (Iowa)
Judy Chu (California) Mike Coffman (Colorado)
Janice Hahn (California) Blaine Luetkemeyer (Missouri)
Donald Payne (New Jersey) Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina)
Grace Meng (New York) Scott Tipton (Colorado)
Brad Schneider (Illinois) Jaime Herrera Beutler (Washington)
Ron Barber (Arizona) Richard Hanna (New York)
Ann Kuster (New Hampshire) Tim Huelskamp (Kansas)
Patrick Murphy (Florida) David Schweikert (Arizona)
Kerry Bentivolio (Michigan)
Chris Collins (New York)
Tom Rice (South Carolina)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)


Agriculture, Energy and Trade

Jurisdiction: This Subcommittee will address policies that enhance rural economic growth, increasing America’s energy independence and ensuring that America’s small businesses can compete effectively in a global marketplace.

  • Oversight of agricultural policies.
  • Oversight of environmental issues and regulations (including agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers).
  • Oversight of energy issues, including expansion of domestic resources whether they are renewable or non-renewable.
  • Oversight of international trade policy with particular emphasis on agencies that provide direct assistance to small businesses, such as: the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade, the Department of Commerce’s United States Export Assistance Centers, the Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Export-Import Bank.
  • Oversight of infringement of intellectual property rights by foreign competition.[3]

Healthcare and Technology

Jurisdiction: This Subcommittee will address how healthcare policies may inhibit or promote economic growth and job creation by small businesses. In addition, the Subcommittee will examine small business job growth through the creation and adoption of advanced technologies.

  • Oversight of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Oversight of availability and affordability of healthcare coverage for small businesses.
  • Oversight of general technology issues, including intellectual property policy in the United States.
  • Oversight of United States telecommunications policies including, but not limited to, the National Broadband Plan and allocation of electromagnetic spectrum.
  • The Small Business Innovation Research Program.
  • Small Business Technology Transfer Program.[3]

Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access

Jurisdiction: This Subcommittee will evaluate the operation of the financial markets in the United States and their ability to provide needed capital to small businesses. In addition, the Subcommittee will review federal programs, especially those overseen by the SBA, aimed at assisting entrepreneurs in obtaining needed capital. Since the tax policy plays an integral role in access to capital, this Committee also will examine the impact of federal tax policies on small businesses.

  • Oversight of capital access and financial markets.
  • Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • SBA financial assistance programs, including guaranteed loans, microloans, certified development company loans, and small business investment companies.
  • Oversight of the Department of Agriculture business and industry guaranteed loan program.
  • Oversight of general tax policy affecting small businesses.
  • The management of the SBA disaster loan program.[3]

Investigations, Oversight and Regulations

Jurisdiction: This Subcommittee will probe the efficient operation of government programs that affect small businesses, including the SBA, and develop proposals to make them operate in a more cost-effective manner. This Subcommittee also will review the regulatory burdens imposed on small businesses and how those burdens may be alleviated.

  • Oversight of general issues affecting small businesses and federal agencies.
  • Oversight of the management of the SBA.
  • Oversight of the SBA Inspector General.
  • Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
  • Oversight of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Use of the Congressional Review Act.
  • Transparency of the federal rulemaking process as required by the Administrative Procedure and Data Quality Acts.
  • Implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act.[3]
    • 113th Congress Chair: Vacant
    • 112th Congress Chair: Mike Coffman (CO-6)

Contracting and Workforce

Jurisdiction: This Subcommittee will assess the federal procurement system, including those programs designed specifically to enhance participation by small businesses in providing goods and services to the federal government. The Subcommittee will examine various programs designed to provide technical assistance to small businesses, whether specifically aimed at federal contractors or small businesses in general. Finally, the Subcommittee will review the broad scope of workforce issues that affect the ability of small businesses to obtain and maintain qualified employees.

  • Oversight of government-wide procurement practices and programs affecting small businesses.
  • Oversight of federal procurement policies that inhibit or expand participation by small businesses in the federal contracting marketplace.
  • All contracting programs established by the Small Business Act, including HUBZone, 8(a), Women-, and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Programs.
  • Technical assistance provided to federal contractors and perspective contractors through SBA personnel, Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.
  • The SBA Surety Bond guarantee program.
  • Oversight of all federal policies that affect the workforce including, but not limited to, the roles of the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.
  • SBA entrepreneurial development and technical assistance programs unrelated to participation in the federal government contracting.[3]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Small Business Committee includes the following:

  1. all matters related to small business financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and paperwork reduction.
  2. oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its programs.


House Small Business Committee
2361 Rayburn House Office Building (RHOB)
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-5821
Fax: (202) 226-5276

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