On March 27, 2019, the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a Business Meeting to consider the nomination of David Tryon to be Chief Counsel for the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as a manager’s package of three bills. The SBA’s Office of Advocacy has been operating without a Chief Counsel since 2017. In his opening statement, Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) explains the Office of Advocacy ensures “that regulators consider small businesses as they craft new regulations. Advocacy does not ask agencies to avoid regulating…what advocacy does is to ask for agencies to pause and consider unintended consequences for small businesses, when one size fits all regulations do not give the little guys a chance to get up to speed with new requirements.” Mr. Tryon was reportedly favorably last Congress by committee, however, his nomination to the position stalled on the Senate floor. In this committee hearing, Mr. Tryon was, again, voted on favorably for the position with 11 Ayes and 6 Nays, and will continue to the Senate floor.
The SBA Office of Advocacy has worked closely with ASA in the past and participated in numerous ASA member meetings.
To watch the Senate Committee hearing on his nomination, click here.