S. Hrg. 109-453: Strengthening Hurricane Recovery Efforts for Small Business: Hearing before the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, November 8, 2005   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Olympia J. Snowe: "It is the second hearing that we are holding to examine the Small Business Administration's management of disaster loans and the SBA's overall disaster response. Regrettably, it is clear that strong and specific measures must be taken immediately to rectify the unacceptably slow service the SBA has been providing to small business owners in desperate need of assistance in a region that cannot afford to have its economic recovery held hostage to the plodding processes of paperwork. The recent hurricanes are repeatedly and appropriately described as disasters of 'unprecedented proportions.' The SBA, therefore, has the responsibility to provide a response of unprecedented proportion.This hearing will also review contracting practices of Federal agencies and prime contractors to ensure that the interests of small business are met as Federal contracting dollars are spent in the Gulf region." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Vitter, John F. Kerry, Mary Landrieu, Bennie G. Thompson, Hector V. Barreto, Gregory D. Rothwell, Ronald L. Johnson, Walter Isaacson, David E. Cooper, and George Allen.

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