Friday, September 09, 2016
Garrett Bill to Make it easier for American Innovators to Raise Money Passes House
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House passed a legislative package to help American innovators access capital that included Rep. Scott Garrett’s (NJ-05) Private Placement Improvement Act. The Accelerating Access to Capital Act, H.R. 2357, is a package of three bills that will help level the playing field and make it possible for small businesses to raise capital by lessening the burdens of complex and costly securities regulations imposed by Washington. Garrett is Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.
“If we want bigger paychecks and more opportunity in New Jersey, it starts with ending the excessive regulations from Washington that are hurting our economy,” said Garrett. “Instead of clearing a path for success, federal regulations cost small businesses with less than 20 employees 45 percent more per employee than their larger counterparts, essentially stepping on innovators at a time when they are most vulnerable.
“The Accelerating Access to Capital Act recognizes that having one-size-fits-all federal regulations that make no distinction between someone just starting out and some of the biggest companies in the world is inherently unfair. We can, and must, level this playing field by tailoring regulations to smaller businesses to help the next great American success story. Today’s vote was a good first step.”
The Private Placement Improvement Act would prohibit the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from implementing onerous requirements on companies that raise capital through private channels. Despite statutory requirements to promote capital formation, the SEC has largely failed to prioritize streamlining regulations that could help small companies access investment capital.