This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Snowzilla Slows Committee Hearings

The winter storm that shut down Washington, DC, this weekend may be over but the city is still digging out – and Congress is taking another snow day or two.  A number of hearings scheduled for the early part of the week have been postponed until further notice. At this time, there are a few budget-related hearings that are still on the calendar for the week ahead but those are subject to postponement as well depending on the city's cleanup efforts.

Keith Hall, director of the CBO, appears before the House Budget Committee to walk through the latest figures showing a projected deficit and growing debt over the next 10 years if current laws remain unchanged. The report estimates the 2016 deficit will be $544 billion, an increase of $105 billion over last year’s figures. 

Meanwhile, the House Small Business Committee examines the proposed Small Business Administration budget for 2017 and the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship looks at reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. 


CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook
House Committee on the Budget
210 Cannon HOB
Wednesday, Jan. 27
9:30 am 

Views and Estimates on the President’s FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business Administration
House Committee on Small Business
2360 Rayburn HOB
Wednesday, Jan. 27
10:00 am


Reauthorization of the SBIR/STTR Programs – The Importance of Small Business Innovation to National and Economic Security
Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
428A Russell Senate Office Building
Thursday, Jan. 28
10:00 am


The following hearings originally scheduled for this week have been postponed until further notice by the committee chairs.

House Committee on Energy & Commerce:
Examining Medicaid and CHIP's Federal Medical Assistance Percentage
Industry Perspectives on the Consumer Product Safety Commission

House Committee on the Judiciary:
Triple Threat to Workers and Households: Impacts of Federal Regulations on Jobs, Wages and Startups 

House Committee on Small Business
Oversight of the Office of Advocacy and the Office of the National Ombudsman at the SBA
SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracts and Business Development

House Committee on Ways & Means
Reaching America’s Potential: Delivering Growth and Opportunity for All Americans


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