article by Angus Loten

Democrats took control of both the Senate and House small-business committees for the first time in more than a decade on Thursday, as the 110th Congress convened.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), now chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has pledged to strengthen federal loan programs for small-business owners, many of which have been cut back by the Small Business Administration in recent years.

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