WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Sates Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., will chair the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for the 111th Congress that convenes in January, the Senate Leadership today announced.
"Bolstered by my seats on other key committees for our state, this assignment provides the seniority to fight even harder for Louisiana's more than 350,000 small businesses," said Sen. Landrieu, who also chairs the Disaster Recovery Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and a subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. She is also a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the Louisiana economy. I intend to use my gavel to ensure that they play an active role in our nation's economic recovery, and that the federal government is a supportive and efficient partner in their success. Under the leadership of Senators Kerry and Snowe, we have also made significant progress this year in enacting improvements to the SBA's disaster recovery programs, and I hope to build further on our success."
Sen. Landrieu co-chairs the Common Ground Coalition with Small Business Committee Ranking Member Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. The bipartisan group of Senators works to forge consensus on controversial legislative matters facing the U.S. Senate.
"Senators Kerry and Snowe have been able and committed partners to the recovery of the more than 20,000 Louisiana small businesses devastated by hurricanes in recent years," said Sen. Landrieu. "I look forward to continuing this important work with my friend Sen. Snowe, and thank Chairman Kerry for his stewardship of the committee as he now assumes new responsibilities on the Foreign Relations Committee."
Sen. Landrieu has also met recently with representatives of President-elect Barack Obama to emphasize the importance of American small businesses to the economic recovery of the nation and any community affected by future disasters.
The Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship is directed under the standing rules of the United States Senate to have jurisdiction over all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials and other matters relating to the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Sen. Landrieu has long been a champion of Louisiana small businesses, and has this year been honored for her efforts with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award and the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
SOURCE U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship