Velázquez on Trump SBA Selection

Dec 7, 2016

CONTACT: Alex Haurek
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Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, released the following statement regarding news that President-Elect Trump has chosen Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration:

          “This selection is proof that President-Elect Trump’s commitment to small businesses is about as ‘real’ as professional wrestling.  The fact is, if she is confirmed, we will need to work with Ms. McMahon. However, I am concerned her appointment follows a pattern of choosing individuals for cabinet-level positions who do not have the policy knowledge for the job.  

          “30 million entrepreneurs across our nation have important needs and are counting on an effective SBA to assist them.  The appointment to head this agency should be a leader with wisdom and knowledge, not a celebrity with a knack for entertainment.  I hope Ms. McMahon is a quick study, as strengthening SBA and ensuring its efficient operation will be vital to our nation’s long-term prosperity.”