Small-Business Office Confronts Critics: 'We Do Not Block Rules'

March 14, 2013

He bristled at assertion that the office has become a pawn of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, The American Chemistry Council and other groups that are fighting against a wide array of proposed federal rules.

“We do not block rules, or make rules less effective,” Sargeant said, maintaining that the office’s efforts in recent years were in the defense of the little guy.

“Small businesses are disproportionately impacted by regulations,” he said. “We know that.”

Sergeant said he has convened 84 roundtable meetings attended by small-business interests and other groups with stakes in rules being promulgated at federal agencies. Input from those groups, along with the office’s independent research, led Sargeant to sign off on more than 90 formal comments submitted to federal agencies in hopes of affecting the final language of new regulations.

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