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Rep. Jim Hagedorn presses Small Business Administration after alleged discrimination in restaurant aid
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EXCLUSIVE – Rep. Jim Hagedorn, ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Underserved, Agricultural and Rural Business Development, pushed the Small Business Administration for answers about an allegedly discriminatory restaurant relief fund in a letter on Tuesday.
"The Restaurant Revitalization Fund launched by SBA in May shut out thousands of American small businesses from receiving aid simply because they are not viewed as a ‘priority’ by the current administration. Now more than ever, SBA’s programs are crucial to the success of American small businesses and should be open to all entrepreneurs in need, not just those that fall under a certain group or category," Hagedorn told Fox News. "To be clear, saving spots for business owners that have certain racial, economic or social qualities is reverse discrimination and un-American."
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Hagedorn, a Minnesota Republican, demanded information about how SBA plans to alter programs in the wake of President Biden's Executive Order 13985, titled "Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government."
"The SBA's programs are absolutely vital to entrepreneurs, and must be open to all entrepreneurs without separating applicants into preferred categories, special classifications and prioritized groups," Hagedorn wrote to SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman. "These programs can mean a small business' success or failure, and should not hold places for some with certain racial, social or economic qualities but not others."