Northern New York Newspapers
Watertown
Ogdensburg
Massena-Potsdam
Lowville
Carthage
Malone
NNY Business
NNY Living
NNY Ads
Sun., Nov. 23
ADVERTISE SUBSCRIBE
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

Owens given seat on small business panel

TIMES WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT
PREV
NEXT
ARTICLE OPTIONS
A A
print this article
e-mail this article

Rep. William L. Owens will serve on the House Small Business Committee, adding a third panel to his congressional duties.


The assignment comes as taxes and the Obama administration's approach to the business community are debated sharply between Democrats and Republicans.


Mr. Owens also serves on the Armed Services and Agriculture committees.


In a press release, Mr. Owens said he would use the position to advocate for business-friendly policies, which occasionally has put him at odds with the party's leadership.


The committee's tilt this year, with a new Republican majority, makes it more hostile to the administration. Republicans argue that the administration has hurt small businesses through increased regulation and enforcement, labor-friendly policies and the health care reform law, which Mr. Owens supports.


On the other hand, Mr. Owens has opposed a provision in the law that increases paperwork for companies, known as the 1099 provision for the related tax form.


The committee's next hearing, Thursday, is on that issue, titled "Buried in Paperwork."


The committee's new leadership also has taken on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which it accuses of hampering job creation in rural communities with various enforcement policies.


In a press release, Mr. Owens said Congress's most important work is to help create jobs, a mantra both parties have taken on.


The chairman of the committee is Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Giveaway
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes