House Acts To Reduce Paperwork...

Thomas Sullivan ...And Regulatory Burden On Small Businesses

The U.S. House of Representatives has acted to reduce the federal paperwork and regulatory burden imposed on small businesses by passing a series of regulatory relief measures this week.

“It’s significant that while America’s leading entrepreneurs are celebrating National Small Business Week in Orlando, the House has acted to make it easier for them to continue to do what they do best create jobs and grow our economy,” said Thomas M. Sullivan, Chief Counsel for Advocacy. “I urge the Senate to complete the job and pass these bills as well,” he said.

Sullivan made the remarks while participating in SBA Expo ’04 in Orlando, Fla. Three thousand entrepreneurs are attending the three-day event, which features opportunities to meet and network with key representatives from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, trade associations, and other small businesses nationwide.

Sullivan has strongly supported H.R. 2432, the Paperwork and Regulatory Improvements Act of 2004, by testifying twice before congressional committees. He noted that Advocacy research shows small businesses continue to pay a disproportionately large share of the total federal regulatory burden. For firms with fewer than 20 employees, the annual regulatory compliance burden in 2000 was estimated to be $6,975 per employee - nearly 60% higher than the $4,463 estimated for large firms with more than 500 employees.

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