This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: State of the Union 2016

As the Senate returns from recess, Washington is ready for President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address on Tuesday. The speech is expected to highlight the country’s overall economic progress and how his administration has “helped small businesses get back on track and more entrepreneurs start new businesses.” Meanwhile, TechCrunch and others are reporting on the fact that Amazon is streaming the address and Genius, a site focused on song lyrics and annotations, is providing annotated versions of the speech as well as the president’s past seven addresses.

In addition to State of the Union, several hearings are of interest. The House Small Business Committee continues its review of the Small Business Administration with three separate oversight hearings on the SBA’s efforts on international trade, access to capital and innovation and investment – which includes Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) programs.

Several relevant pieces of legislation will be under review by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act, which would prevent the FCC from regulating the rates charged for broadband Internet and the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act which would reduce regulatory burdens on small business providers of internet service.

Other topics covered by hearings this week include cybersecurity and government procurement.

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SBA’s Office of International Trade: Good for Business?
House Committee on Small Business
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
2360 Rayburn HOB
Monday, Jan. 11
4:00 pm

Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
2123 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Jan. 12
10:15 am

SBA Management Review: Oversight of SBA’s Access to Capital Offices
House Committee on Small Business
2360 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Jan. 12
10:00 am

Oversight of the Office of Investment and Innovation at the SBA
House Committee on Small Business
Subcommittee on Health and Technology
2360 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Jan. 12
3:00 pm

Wassenaar: Cybersecurity & Export Control
House Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Information Technology
2154 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, Jan. 12
2:00 pm

Markup of H.R. 4341: Defending America’s Small Contractors Act of 2016
House Committee on Small Business
2360 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Jan. 13
10:00 am

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