Wall Street Journal; By: Simona Covel

Members of Congress continue to toss around ideas to help small businesses dig out of the recession. The latest suggestion: appoint a special U.S. trade representative to focus on the needs of small companies.

The idea was floated by Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La., Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, who wrote a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk asking him to add an assistant to help out with small-business issues.

“Increasing exports among small firms is good not only for small businesses but also for the economy and our nation,” Sens. Landrieu, Snowe and Schumer said in the letter, which also pointed out that very few U.S.-based small businesses currently export. If more did, the senators surmised, it could help chip away at the country’s trade deficit.

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