GOP Leaders Subpoena SBA Officials Amid Political Activity Concerns

The leading Republicans on the Small Business committees in the House and Senate are calling on the Small Business Administration to follow the rules after they began examining possible political activities. Representatives Roger Williams and Senator Joni Ernst said Congress has a responsibility to oversee the SBA and obtain information on its activities. They expressed disappointment over the agency’s reluctance to cooperate. Rep. Williams’ committee issued a subpoena to two SBA officials, and Sen. Ernst sent a letter to SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman seeking more details. They are concerned that the SBA may have violated laws that prohibit government employees from influencing elections or engaging in partisan actions.

The investigation centers on the SBA’s collaboration with the Michigan Department of State on a program to encourage voter registration in Michigan. The Republicans are particularly troubled by an undercover video posted by a conservative activist showing an adviser discussing SBA Administrator Guzman’s travels to support Democratic candidates. They are also troubled by reports of potential abuse of telework at the SBA. Their main concern is that the SBA should be focused on assisting small businesses, not engaging in political activities.

According to the lawmakers, the situation requires immediate attention, and they hope the SBA will cooperate to bring transparency and accountability to the matter. The Washington Examiner reached out to the SBA for comment, but they did not respond.

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