Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08) led a letter that was also signed onto by Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) to Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman admonishing her for refusing to address the pressing needs of the rural small businesses they represent and failing to invite them to join her during the trip to Minnesota.
“Administrator Guzman is intentionally politicizing the mission of the SBA during this visit. Small businesses across Minnesota are depending on the SBA for support during this time of economic hardship and recovery, yet the Biden Administration continues to ignore businesses in rural America and makes no effort to communicate with the people in these communities or their representatives,” said Congressman Hagedorn. “Assistance from the SBA should be open to all entrepreneurs in need irrespective of where they operate their business, and I am disappointed that Administrator Guzman does not view the small business owners in our districts as a priority.”
“During Governor Walz’s unilateral lockdowns, small businesses across Greater Minnesota were among the most impacted and many are still struggling to recover. By failing to meet with Congressman Hagedorn and myself, Administrator Guzman has shown a blatant disregard to the hardships experienced by the rural business owners we represent,” said Congressman Stauber. “The Small Business Administration has an obligation to serve all business owners regardless of whether they live in a red or blue district, making Administrator Guzman’s display of partisanship incredibly inappropriate and disappointing. Rural Minnesota matters just as much as the Twin Cities, so Administrator Guzman along with the entire Biden Administration must do better.”
This is not the first time that Administrator Guzman has failed to adequately fulfill the requirements of her position. Hagedorn and Staubers’ letter also expresses their concern over the SBA’s failure to provide accurate or timely information to small businesses within their districts.
Recently, Congressman Hagedorn questioned Guzman’s testimony before the House Committee on Small Business on the preemptive closure of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Portal, specifically on how the Biden administration is discriminating against restaurant owners based upon race and identity.
Additionally, during Guzman’s recent testimony, Congressman Stauber asked her to address the impact that President Biden’s proposed corporate tax increases could have on small businesses classified as C-corporations.
Administrator Guzman was not only unaware that there are over one million American small businesses organized as C-corporations, but she failed to answer his question on how tax increases would impact these small businesses.