U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today issued the following statements about the committee’s approval of Linda E. McMahon to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). McMahon’s nomination, which passed by a vote of 18-1, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. 

“In her nomination hearing last week, Mrs. McMahon made it very clear that she has the experience, understanding, and instincts necessary to bolster America’s small business community and advocate for much-needed regulatory reforms," said Chairman Risch. "It goes without saying that a nearly unanimous committee vote to approve her nomination shows that members from both sides of the aisle have great confidence that she is the right leader for the SBA. We look forward to taking this nomination to the full Senate for confirmation and working with Mrs. McMahon on behalf of small businesses across America, particularly those in the great state of Idaho.”

“Small businesses are the engine of New Hampshire’s economy and they create two out of every three new jobs across the country,” said Senator Shaheen. “The SBA provides critical services to America’s entrepreneurs and ensures that their voices are heard in Washington. During her confirmation hearing, I was pleased to hear that Mrs. McMahon will serve as a passionate advocate for small businesses and that she believes the SBA should continue as a cabinet-level, standalone agency. I look forward to working with Mrs. McMahon to help American small businesses succeed.”

During today’s business meeting, the committee also approved the rules package and budget resolution for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for the 115 th Congress. Both passed by a vote of 19-0.