House Passes Bipartisan Delgado Legislation to Ease Regulatory Compliance For Small Businesses

July 15, 2019
Press Release
Delgado’s First Bill to Pass the House Passes with Strong Bipartisan Support; Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Easing Regulations for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC—This evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2142, Representative Antonio Delgado’s bipartisan legislation to make it easier for small businesses to comply with onerous federal regulations. H.R. 2142 creates a centralized website to serve as a one-stop shop for Small Business owners in NY-19 and across the country to access resources and ease the regulatory burden on small businesses. Rep. Delgado introduced this legislation with Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) on April 11, and the bill passed through the House Small Business Committee with bipartisan support on May 1, following Rep. Delgado’s testimony.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in NY-19 and we ought to be making it easier, not harder, for folks to start a business and access resources from the federal government.” Rep. Delgado continued, “Today, I’m proud the House voted to pass my bipartisan Small Business Ombudsman bill that will create a one-stop shop for small business owners and self-owned employers to access resources and answer their questions. I will continue to focus on moving this urgently needed legislation to help small businesses in NY-19 grow, thrive, and compete with larger counterparts. I encourage the Senate to take up this legislation as soon as possible to relieve the regulatory burden and cut red tape holding back so many small business owners.”

“As a small business owner, I am confident that this measure will free job creators up to grow and expand by streamlining the regulatory burdens that they face each day,” said Congressman Joyce. “It brings me great pride to know that this legislation passed the House today with overwhelming bipartisan support. Working across the aisle to get things done that will benefit the American people is exactly what I was sent to Washington to do, and I thank Congressman Delgado for his partnership on this initiative.”

“Rep. Delgado has been a steadfast voice for small businesses in Congress and I applaud his hard work in passing this bill to make it easier for small business owners in New York and throughout the country to comply with federal regulations,” said House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). “This is a commonsense bill that I am pleased has received bipartisan support and I urge the Senate to pick up where the House left off and pass H.R. 2142 so our small businesses can focus on what they do best—creating new jobs and fueling our economy.”

The bill would require the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of the National Ombudsman to create a centralized website that houses compliance guides that pertain to federal regulations impacting small businesses. 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. 

New York’s 19th district is home to 27,000 small businesses and self-owned employers. As a member of the Small Business Committee, Rep. Delgado has made supporting small business owners a priority during his time in Congress. This Spring, Rep. Delgado announced members of his Small Business Advisory Committee. Rep. Delgado has also worked to amplify the voices of small business owners in NY-19 before the House Small Business Committee, including Nels Leader of Bread Alone Bakery in Kingston and NY-19 resident Bill Ingersoll, owner of Bikes, Trikes, and Quads. Delgado has sat down with business owners throughout the 19th Congressional District to hear their priorities, and recently met with members of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and addressed the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce along with Rep. Paul Tonko.

Text of the bill can be found here.