Government Reform

Government requirements can be overwhelming. Many small businesses spendan inordinate amount of time filling out forms, complying with confusingand duplicative regulations and trying to figure out if and why certainlaws apply to them.

Some people believe all government involvement in business is unnecessary.While this view may have its appeal, we think ultimately it is shortsighted.Instead, we believe in striking the right balance, where regulations arein place that ensure fairness and facilitate economic development but don'tinhibit America's entrepreneurial spirit and undermine the market responsivenessof small businesses.

This Congress did too much to upset that balance, choosing to roll-backor minimize long-time commitments to education, safety, health care andthe environment. On occasion, however, both sides did work together to passeven-handed, forward-looking change to streamline procedures, reduce paperworkand make government more efficient and cooperative with small business.We hope to see more of this type of reform in the future.

Paperwork Reduction Act (yes)
This measure (S. 244) sponsored by Sen. Roth reduces the government's paperworkrequirements on small business. It also requires every federal agency anddepartment to enforce new privacy and security procedures to protect informationsupplied by businesses and the public. The measure passed, 99-0 (3/7/95),and was signed into law.

Small Business Regulatory Reform (yes)
This bill (S. 942) by Sen. Bond eases the federal regulatory burden on smallbusiness by requiring agencies to simplify regulatory forms, by guaranteeingsmall businesses the right to challenge regulations in court and by givingsmall businesses the chance to avoid fines by correcting violations. Themeasure passed, 100-0 (3/19/96), and was signed into law.

Paperwork Reduction Act (yes)
This bill (H.R. 830) by Rep. Clinger is the same as the Senate-passed versionwhich reduces the government's paperwork requirements on small business.The measure passed 418-0 (2/22/95), and was signed into law .

Small Business Advocate (yes)
This amendment (to H.R. 2076) by Rep. Meyers shifts funds within the SmallBusiness Administration (SBA) to pay for the continuation of the SBA's Officeof Advocacy. The office acts an ombudsman for small business on regulatorymatters. The measure passed, 368-57 (7/26/95).

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