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  • Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act

    by Representative Robert Hurt

    Posted on 2015-01-07

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    HURT of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act. I would like to thank Mr. Fitzpatrick and Chairmen Hensarling and Garrett for their leadership on increasing access to capital for small businesses.

    As we begin a new Congress, I am glad to see that the House will continue its laser focus on enacting policies to help spur job creation throughout the country. Even though we have seen modest economic growth, I continue to hear from my constituents about the impacts of unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations on job creation, especially regulations that disproportionately affect smaller public companies and those considering accessing capital in the public markets.

    One such requirement is related to the use of eXtensible Business Reporting Language, XBRL, which was mandated by the SEC in 2009. While the SEC's rule is well intended, this requirement has become another example of a regulation where the costs outweigh the potential benefits. These small companies expend tens of thousands of dollars or more complying with the regulation, yet there is evidence that less than 10 percent of investors actually use XBRL, further diminishing its potential benefits.

    That is why last Congress, the gentlewoman from Alabama, Representative Sewell, and I authored the bipartisan Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act, which is incorporated into title VII of H.R. 37. I would like to thank Representative Sewell for her diligent work on this legislation, which passed the Financial Services Committee last Congress with bipartisan support.

    This provision will provide an optional exemption for emerging growth companies and smaller public companies from the requirement to file their information in XBRL with the SEC, in addition to the information that they already file.

    Additionally, this title requires the SEC to perform a cost-benefit analysis on the rule's impact on smaller public companies, something it failed to adequately address in the original rule, and also to provide additional information to Congress on how the SEC and the market are using XBRL.

    Whether a supporter or a sceptic of XBRL, these provisions will help provide a pathway for the SEC to focus on developing a system of disclosure for smaller companies that eliminates unnecessary costs while achieving greater benefits.

    I believe H.R. 37 offers a practical step forward on these regulatory requirements in line with the intent of the original JOBS Act, ensuring that our regulatory structure is not disproportionately burdening smaller companies and disincentivizing innovative startups from accessing the public markets.

    I ask my colleagues to join me in voting ``yes'' on H.R. 37 so that we can continue to promote capital access in the public markets and spur job growth in communities all across this great country.

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