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
Representative Sharice Davids has called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to investigate claims of fraudulent small business loans, including those happening in Johnson County.
KMBC reported this week on the $1.4 million in state and federal funding Rep. Sharice Davids helped secure for Lenexa business Dentec to manufacture personal protection equipment needed during the pandemic, such as face masks and N95 filters. The funding has allowed the company to open a new facility and hire 5 times the workers they started with.
Lenexa business Dentec has received around $1.4 million in state and federal funding to manufacture personal protection equipment (PPE), thanks in part to funding secured by Representative Sharice Davids. They are now in the process of expanding to open a new plant that will allow them to produce even more supplies needed to fight COVID, such as masks and N95 filters.
Representative Sharice Davids has been named Chair of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. The new leadership role will allow Davids to support small businesses in Kansas and across the country through open access to loans, credit and capital, as well as through fair and meaningful tax relief.
Representative Sharice Davids has re-introduced her bill, the SUPPLIES Act, which would increase the supply of equipment like face masks, hospital gowns, ventilators, and testing materials needed to get the coronavirus under control. The legislation would also promote manufacturing these goods at small and medium businesses in the United States.
Representative Sharice Davids today voted to pass a coronavirus relief package after months of calling on congressional leaders to reach a bipartisan deal that would get aid to Kansas families, workers, small businesses and health care centers. The package passed the House along with an omnibus spending bill that included several other legislative priorities championed by Davids, including addressing surprise medical billing and flood prevention.
Today, Governor Laura Kelly testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the need for federal relief for the Kansas state budget. Rep. Davids released the following statement in support of Governor Kelly’s testimony:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), Sharice Davids (D-KS), and Sam Graves (R-MO), along with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Pat Roberts (R-KS), called for an immediate bipartisan briefing from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the reduction of a contract, which has led to the furloughs of roughly 800 contract employees in the agency’s Kansas City offices.
In a letter to USCIS Deputy Director Joseph Edlow, the lawmakers wrote:
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of the Inspector General released a report this week saying it received complaints of more than 5,000 instances of potential fraud in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which has helped small businesses stay afloat during disasters and has been expanded during the coronavirus crisis.