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 issued the following statement on her opposition to the revised HEROES Act last night:
"What we need right now is a bipartisan coronavirus relief deal that delivers the help that Kansans badly need- not another partisan bill that has no chance of becoming law. I have been calling on leaders from both parties for months to reach a deal. People are rightfully frustrated at the partisan back and forth rather than solutions.
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.
New data recently released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on use of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) shows that PPP helped to preserve more than 99,597 jobs in the Kansas Third District.
Representative Sharice Davids received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award for her support of pro-growth economic policies and bipartisan leadership during the 116th Congress. Lawmakers are selected for this award based on their record of support for business-friendly policies, as well as their commitment to bipartisan leadership and constructive governing.
Representatives Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5) are pushing to save Kansas City area jobs after news broke of potential layoffs for 1,000 workers at the National Benefits Center due to coronavirus-related revenue shortfalls. It would be among the largest mass layoffs in the Kansas City area.
Representatives Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Andy Kim (NJ-03) have introduced legislation requiring the release of a list of businesses that have received emergency small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping to ensure there is transparency and oversight of this critical program. Davids and Kim are both members of the House Small Business Committee.
Representative Sharice Davids issued her support for the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, introduced earlier today. The legislation would help the Kansas Third undertake transformative infrastructure projects that are smarter, safer and made to last. Davids is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
After calling for the release of the list of businesses that have received emergency small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Representatives Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Andy Kim (NJ-03) are introducing a bill to require the Small Business Administration to make that information public. Davids and Kim are both members of the House Small Business Committee.