Economy & Jobs

ICYMI: Hern headlines Biz2Credit Webinar on Small Business & COVID-19

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Representative Kevin Hern (R-OK-01) and Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13) headlined an online forum hosted by Biz2Credit. The webinar was broadcast to over a thousand participants around the country, including small business owners in Oklahoma’s First District. Reps. Hern and Espaillat discussed the ongoing work of the House Small Business Committee, on which they both serve, and what is ... Read more »

Hern and Balderson lead bipartisan letter asking SBA for clarity on PPP

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Representatives Kevin Hern (OK-01) and Troy Balderson (OH-12) led a bipartisan letter to SBA Administrator Carranza urging the SBA to release clarifying information for business owners trying to sell their businesses while still paying back, or in the forgiveness process, of Paycheck Protection Program loans. “At such a volatile time for American business owners, we need clear language and explici... Read more »

Hern introduces energy bill protecting low-income and minority communities

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This morning, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) introduced the Energy Poverty Prevention and Accountability Act (EPPA), intended to help all Americans have equal access to affordable and reliable energy. EPPA protects vulnerable and at-risk communities by requiring transparency and accountability with new energy bills and regulations. “Clean energy initiatives have a lot of promise, but it’s not a... Read more »

ICYMI: Hern urges Democrats to publicly vote for legislation they've privately supported

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Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) spoke on the House floor this morning urging Republicans and Democrats alike to vote against the Previous Question, allowing for consideration of HR 8265, a bill that would extend the Paycheck Protection Program through the end of the year and provide further relief to American small businesses and workers. You can watch the video here. Remarks as prepared: Mr. Sp... Read more »

Hern says COVID-19 changing both businesses and their customers

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Businesses have had to adapt to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but so have their customers, 1st District Congressman Kevin Hern said Monday. As the lead presenter for a live-streamed The Hill program on e-commerce and small business, Hern said small-business owners have had to squeeze years of transition into a few months. “I really feel for those small businesses that are having to accelerate a... Read more »

Hern joins Republican Conference to introduce "Commitment to America" platform

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This morning, Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) joined Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and the rest of the House Republican Conference to formally announce the Commitment to America agenda, which will focus on restoring the American way of life, rebuilding the greatest economy in American history, and renewing the American Dream. “The atmosphere was... Read more »

What we learned from COVID: Telehealth is here to stay

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When the dust settles and COVID-19 is finally behind us, there are many aspects of this “new normal” that I will not miss, but there’s a lot that I hope sticks around, like valuable time at home with my family and creative ways to stay connected virtually. As a society, though, our most important lasting benefit will be the telehealth services that have rapidly expanded over the last five months. ... Read more »

ICYMI: Highlights from Hern's District Work Period

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Rob Miller - August 2020 Veteran of the Month

Congressman Kevin Hern (OK-1) spent this week’s district work period meeting with veteran organizations, presenting the veteran of the month, visiting the Tulsa VA outpatient clinic under construction, met with industry leaders in aerospace, engaged in a virtual town hall with the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, and spoke to various local organizations about issues he’s working on in Washington ... Read more »

U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern on stimulus: 'We just need to keep getting jobs open'

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First District Congressman Kevin Hern said Wednesday it’s imperative that the government perfect a playbook to effectively deal with the financial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are re-inventing the wheel right now,” he said. “There is no precedent been set on how to deal with this. So this comes from how you keep businesses open, how you keep compensated so they can actually go out and f... Read more »

Democrats hurt small business when they attack Big Tech

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Small businesses are under siege. First COVID-19 shut them down; then protesters and rioters shattered windows and mayors imposed curfews. Now, everyone is hoping we don’t have a second wave of COVID-19 while working to rebuild the economy. Businesses adapted almost overnight, adjusting to operate in the new normal. Digital technologies and platforms played a key role for many small businesses. Te... Read more »