WASHINGTON -- Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today expressed concerns over the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) proposals for changes to small business programs during fiscal year 2005.

"Combined with the President's fiscal year 2005 budget, these are the most anti-small business proposals we've seen in four years," Kerry said. "This Administration likes to talk about the importance of small business, but these proposals are completely at odds with their rhetoric.”

“I have grave concerns that if implemented, the SBA's plans will harm the very programs designed to help small businesses at a time when we should be fully supporting our greatest job creators,” Kerry added. “I am eager to hear what the small business community thinks of these ill-conceived proposals, and I look forward to working with them to ensure that we're providing sensible, forward-thinking support."

Yesterday the SBA provided the House and Senate Small Business Committees with its “FY05 Legislative Package” -- the Administration’s request for small business legislative changes.

Kerry encouraged the small business community and small business supporters to send their comments regarding the Administration’s proposed legislative changes by fax to (202) 228-1814, by e-mail to kerry@small-bus.senate.gov, or by postal mail to:

The Honorable John F. Kerry Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 428A Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510