Meng Selected For Key Position on Small Business Panel
Feb 22, 2013
Just seven weeks since she was sworn-in to Congress, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) has already been appointed to a key position on a House subcommittee.
Meng has been named as the top Democrat – also known as the Ranking Member – of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, a critical panel of the House Small Business Committee.
The Subcommittee oversees the federal procurement system including practices and programs to help small businesses land contracts with the federal government. It also reviews workforce issues that affect small businesses’ ability to attract and retain qualified employees, and has jurisdiction over various Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, as well as policies that affect small businesses and the U.S. workforce.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in Queens, New York City and across the nation,” said Meng. “As many small businesses owners continue to recover from the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy, it is critical that we do all we can to assist them with whatever help they require. I look forward to doing all I can to ensure that small businesses have all the resources they need to create jobs, grow our economy and make their businesses successful.”
In addition to the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, Meng secured a spot on the Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. The panel has oversight towards United States trade policy in order to ensure that America’s small businesses can compete effectively in a global marketplace. It also oversees the nation’s agricultural policies, energy independence initiatives and environmental regulations including agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Besides serving on the Small Business Committee and two of its subcommittees, Meng is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the panel’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.