Democratic congressional investigators are asking "Why?"; Republicans on the small-business committee call the investigation a "purely political exercise":
Some of the biggest and richest companies in the world, including Microsoft, AT&T Corp. and Rolls Royce, have qualified for what could add up to as much as $12 billion worth of small-business contracts from the federal government.
Democratic congressional investigators are asking why in a report they're releasing today.
The legislators allege a myriad corporate giants were wrongly awarded millions.
Meral contract, which she says went to a larger business.
"I would tell a small business that wants to stay in business to stay away from the federal government and its programs," Hughes said.
Republicans' arrogance is breathtaking.
Small businesses criticize snail’s pace of SBA loans
Lee Fernandez, owner of Bio-Chem Medical Services Inc. in Metairie, said he waited 10 months to receive a loan from the Small Business Administration. He worries the long wait will hurt other small businesses in his position.
Lee Fernandez has given up.
Like more than 80 percent of Louisiana business owners whose shops were damaged by hurricanes Katrina or Rita, Fernandez applied for an emergency loan from the Small Business Administration, was approved and never saw a dime.
Meet the U.S. Senate's Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
Olympia J. Snowe, Maine, Chair
Christopher S. Bond, Missouri
Conrad Burns, Montana
George Allen, Virginia
Norm Coleman, Minnesota
John Thune, South Dakota
Johnny Isakson, Georgia
David Vitter, Louisiana
Michael Enzi, Wyoming
John Cornyn, Texas
John F. Kerry, Massachusetts, Ranking Member
Carl Levin, Michigan
Tom Harkin, Iowa
Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
Maria Cantwell, Washington
Evan Bayh, Indiana
Mark Pryor, Arkansas
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