Improving small businesses’ capital

Published 10:28 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

At a time when economic uncertainty and federal over-regulation are hindering job creation, it is critical that we look for bipartisan solutions to create jobs in our local communities and get our economy back on track.

As I travel through Virginia’s Fifth District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation and government mandates contained in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms.

That is why I recently introduced the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016, along with U.S. Reps. Juan Vargas (D-California), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Bill Foster (D-Illinois).

This bill would serve to rid the Investment Advisers Act (IAA) of outdated, duplicative and burdensome regulations which impose an unnecessary hardship on our small business’ ability to access capital.

I was pleased to see this initiative pass out of the House Financial Services Committee with strong bipartisan support and I look forward to the bill’s consideration before the House of Representatives and continued advancement through the legislative process.

recent report by the American Investment Council cited Virginia as the 16th state in the country in terms of having the most companies receiving private equity investment, with 80 companies employing hundreds of Virginians in 2015.

These figures underscore the importance of legislative improvements such as the Investment Advisers Modernization Act, which ensures that access to capital is not hindered by unnecessary government rules and regulations.

This burdensome requirement has forced firms to dedicate substantial time and resources to comply, hindering their ability to invest in small businesses across the country. While this remains bad policy, our past efforts to repeal the registration regime have not come to fruition, and the Investment Advisers Modernization Act represents a new effort to minimize regulatory burdens that are stifling economic investment.

I remain committed to empowering our small businesses in Virginia’s Fifth District and beyond with the opportunity to succeed.

Robert Hurt, a Republican, represents Charlotte County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at his Farmville office at (434) 395-0120.