Jobs, Economy & Small Businesses
Entrepreneurship is baked into the DNA of the Kansas Third District, and I consistently highlight our business community through my work on the Small Business Committee. I'm working to ensure our small businesses have the tools they need to take care of their employees, grow their companies, and contribute to our economy.
I’m also pushing forward fiscally responsible solutions that support American workers and keep taxes and spending under control.
- Supporting Small Businesses: I introduced two bills to support military veteran and female entrepreneurs, both of which passed the House with broad bipartisan support. The SERV Act helps veteran business owners succeed by examining the barriers they face, including lack of access to credit, and by increasing promotion of small business programs available to veterans. The Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act increases funding for Women Business Centers, which offer a full range of critical counseling and technical training services for small businesses primarily owned by women.
- Fiscal Responsibility: I led my colleagues in pushing Congressional leaders to follow fiscally responsible pay-as-you-go budget rules that require spending increases to be matched with spending cuts or revenue increases. I’m working to bring the federal budget deficit under control so future generations aren’t saddled with deficits and debt.
- Protecting American Workers: Anyone who works hard and does everything right should be able to earn a decent living. I’ve voted to raise the federal minimum wage, which hasn’t been increased in nearly a decade, and fought to ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work. I also voted to shore up worker pensions, repeal the Cadillac tax on health care plans, and protect the right to organize.
- Bringing jobs to the Kansas City-Region: I joined the Kansas and Missouri Delegation to successfully advocate for the Kansas City-area to be selected as the new headquarters for the USDA’s major research facilities.
More on Jobs, Economy & Small Businesses
Today, Representative Sharice Davids released a new report detailing the impact of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) expansion on hardworking families in the Third District of Kansas and the state as a whole. The American Rescue Plan boosted the maximum CTC, expanded eligibility, and implemented advance monthly payments for qualifying families. Key findings from the report include:
Federal funds are available to help restaurants rebuild and recover from losses experienced in the pandemic.
The funds are through the U.S. Small Business Administration. They are part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress.
About $28.6 billion has been appropriated nationally for restaurants that qualify to receive the SBA award funds, according to Michael Barrera, SBA district director for the Kansas City area. He discussed the program during a Facebook video presentation with U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist.
Representative Sharice Davids used her first House Small Business hearing as Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access to highlight issues facing small manufacturers in the Kansas City area.
Kansas City area lawmakers are hoping to steer millions in federal money to the region for a fleet of electric buses and improved traffic flow on one of Kansas’ most congested highways as Congress revives earmark requests — a practice halted a decade ago amid a backlash against government spending.
Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids and Missouri Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Tuesday submitted a pair of requests for federal aid for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to purchase zero fare electric buses that would serve both sides of the state line.
Today, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a bipartisan unemployment reform package that dedicates $500 million of American Rescue Plan funding to overhaul the 40-year old computer system used to distribute unemployment assistance in Kansas.
Representative Sharice Davids, one of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress, says, “Paying attention, learning the issues, showing up, listening and really trying to be as engaged as possible with tribal communities is going to go a really long way to helping address some of the disparities we’ve seen over centuries.”
Today, Representative Sharice Davids will host a Facebook Live webinar on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Michael L. Barrera, District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Kansas City, will join Davids to provide information on the program and walk through how local restaurants can apply.
The virtual event will be hosted on Davids’ Facebook Page today, April 23 at 10:15am CT.
Rep. Sharice Davids at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Tuesday asked government oversight officials to address issues of fraud and identity theft in small business loan programs in order to help victims of fraud in Johnson County.
At a House Small Business Committee hearing today Representative Sharice Davids asked government oversight officials to address issues of fraud and identity theft in small business loan programs to help victims of fraud in Johnson County.