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Owens appointed to small business committee

North Country Congressman Bill Owens announced Monday that he will serve on the House Committee on Small Business.

The Democrat, who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District, has picked up several committee seats this year - despite the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

This is Owens' third committee appointment. He also serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Armed Services.

The small business committee works to ease regulations on small business owners and assists them in creating jobs.

Owens says his appointment gives the North Country a "seat at the table in small business decisions."

"The most important work Congress has is to create jobs and get the economy back on the right track," he said in a prepared statement.

"With this third committee, upstate New York will have a louder voice when it comes to giving local small business owners the tools they need to succeed and put the unemployed back to work," Owens added.

Sean Magers is communications director for Owens. He says the House Small Business Committee was established in order to protect and assist small businesses.

It was made into a permanent standing committee in 1975 and has jurisdiction over matters like financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and paperwork reduction.

The committee also has oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration and its programs, Magers says.

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