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Delgado Bill to Help Small Businesses Passes Committee with Bipartisan Support

May 1, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Today, the House Small Business Committee voted to pass bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Congressman Dr. John Joyce (PA-13). Delgado's proposal, H.R. 2142, would make it easier for small businesses to comply with onerous federal regulations.

You can watch Congressman Delgado's remarks to the Small Business Committee here.

"Too many small businesses are bogged down by federal regulations. Congress must take a serious look at how such regulations stifle small business growth and find ways to lessen the compliance burden," said Delgado. "This bill would ensure small business owners can easily access and utilize resources to help them cut through red tape. I'm proud to join my colleagues in advancing this critical legislation and I will continue to push for its passage in the full House."

"The legislation that the Small Business Committee passed today will be critical in easing regulatory compliance demands on small business owners and free them up to spend more time on growth and expansion," said Congressman Dr. Joyce. "Moving forward common sense, bipartisan reforms like this is exactly why the people of Pennsylvania's 13th District sent me to Washington. Getting things done for the American people requires working across the aisle and I was proud to join with Congressman Delgado to author this bill. I look forward to continuing to work with him to convince House leadership to assist small business owners across the country and bring this legislation to the floor for a vote."

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 comply 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. Delgado'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.