Improving access to capital

Published 1:09 pm Thursday, June 30, 2016

At a time when economic uncertainty and federal over-regulation are hindering job creation, it is critical that we look for bipartisan solutions to create jobs in our local communities and get our economy back on track.  

As I travel through Virginia’s Fifth District, the negative effects of federal over-regulation and government mandates contained in the Dodd-Frank law can be clearly seen along our Main Streets and on our family farms.

That is why I recently introduced the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016, along with U.S. Reps. Juan Vargas (D-California), Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Bill Foster (D-Illinois).

This bill would serve to rid the Investment Advisers Act (IAA) of outdated, duplicative and burdensome regulations which impose an unnecessary hardship on our small business’ ability to access capital. 

I was pleased to see this initiative pass out of the House Financial Services Committee with strong bipartisan support and I look forward to the bill’s consideration before the House of Representatives and continued advancement through the legislative process.

recent report by the American Investment Council cited Virginia as the 16th state in the country in terms of having the most companies receiving private equity investment, with 80 companies employing hundreds of Virginians in 2015.

These figures underscore the importance of legislative improvements such as the Investment Advisers Modernization Act, which ensures that access to capital is not hindered by unnecessary government rules and regulations.

One such Dodd-Frank mandate requires private investment funds to register with the SEC, including advisers to private equity funds, despite the fact that such firms pose no systemic risk to the financial system. This burdensome requirement has forced firms to dedicate substantial time and resources to comply, hindering their ability to invest in small businesses across the country.

While this remains bad policy, our past efforts to repeal the registration regime have not come to fruition, and the Investment Advisers Modernization Act represents a new effort to minimize regulatory burdens that are stifling economic investment. 

As we well know, small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the ability for these entities to access private capital is imperative for their success and the success of our local and national economies.

In order for our economy to grow and for our small business owners to be able to create the jobs that we need, we must remove unnecessary regulations that tie up private capital and create economic uncertainty and put in place policies that encourage investment, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America the beacon of economic opportunity. 

I remain committed to empowering our small businesses in Virginia’s Fifth District with the opportunity to succeed, and I look forward to this bill’s consideration in the House.


Robert Hurt, a Republican, represents Charlotte County in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached at his Farmville office at (434) 395-0120.