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.
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Today, Representative Sharice Davids announced the Department of Transportation awarded $59,925 to Johnson County Community College (JCCC) to provide scholarships to Veterans and their family members in the college’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program. JCCC anticipates using the funds to enroll at least 15 students, who will leave the program with the necessary skills to get good-paying jobs in the trucking workforce.
Yesterday, the House Small Business Committee passed their portion of the budget reconciliation package, containing several provisions to support small manufacturers that Representative Sharice Davids pushed to include.
Representative Sharice Davids, member of the House Small Business Committee and enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced the Native American Entrepreneurial Opportunity Act of 2021 to give Native American small businesses a seat at the table within the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Lenexa manufacturer, Rep. Davids support SUPPLIES Act to help Kansas companies get aid
Lenexa small manufacturer Dentec CEO Claudio Dente and Rep. Sharice Davids recently advocated for the SUPPLIES Act, a proposed bill that could help small businesses in Kansas tap into financing to produce medical supplies.
Today, Representative Sharice Davids took a stand for small businesses, urging Congressional leaders to use the upcoming budget reconciliation package to increase access to capital for small manufacturers. Davids called for the inclusion of policies like the SUPPLIES Act, which was inspired by the story of a Lenexa-based manufacturer, to ensure small manufacturers can secure the financing they need to succeed long-term.
By Emily Standlle
The Strawberry Hill Ethnic Cultural Society was established in 1988 as a means of promoting and preserving the heritage of Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas.
Housed in an 1887 Victorian Queen Anne style mansion, the Strawberry Hill Ethnic Museum and Cultural Center displays exhibits from Croatia, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Ukraine. According to its website, the museum was always meant to “celebrate the many nationalities of Kansas City residents.”
Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill:
Today, Representative Sharice Davids announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program granted more than $12.2 million in pandemic relief aid to eligible venues, museums, and performing arts institutions in the Third District of Kansas. Davids voted to establish the program, which provides support to hard-hit businesses in the music and entertainment sector, and has been strongly advocating for venue owners throughout the program’s execution.
MERRIAM, KS – Today, Representative Sharice Davids joined local officials to tour Upper Turkey Creek and celebrate the advancement of Davids’ request for federal funding of the Upper Turkey Creek levee project. On Thursday, the U.S. House passed legislation directing $500,000 to the project, which would eventually lead to the removal of Downtown Merriam from the FEMA-designated floodplain.