This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Senate Returns

Members of the U.S. Senate return to Washington this week from spring recess with a handful of committee hearings. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee looks at how the Small Business Administration has implemented the Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act which was passed in October 2015.

The Act is meant to facilitate recovery loans after SBA assistance has been exhausted and provide technical support and counseling to help small businesses to recover and resume normal operations. It gave the SBA the authority to make low-interest disaster loans for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy until December 1, 2016.

Other topics covered include: rural development and entrepreneurship training programs, consumer finance regulations and competition policy.

The House of Representatives will reconvene on Tuesday, April 12. 

SENATE

Section 5 and ‘Unfair Methods of Competition’: Protecting Competition or Increasing Uncertainty?
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Tuesday, April 5
2:15 pm 

Assessing the Effects of Consumer Finance Regulations
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
538 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Tuesday, April 5
10:00 am 

Federal Disaster Response and SBA Implementation of the RISE Act
Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
428A Russell Senate Office Building
Wednesday, April 6
2:00 pm 

USDA Rural Development Programs and their Economic Impact Across America
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
328A Russell Senate Office Building
Wednesday, April 6
10:00 am 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Semi-Annual Report to Congress
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
538 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Thursday, April 7
10:00 am

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