February 12, 2014
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report
The Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold the Nomination Hearing for Maria Contreras-Sweet, who has been nominated by President Obama for the position of Administrator at the Small Business Administration, today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.
Writes Kent Hoover, “The timing is important because the committee’s chair, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is expected to give up the gavel shortly in order to become chair of the Senate Energy Committee. Vetting Contreras-Sweet for the SBA post is a major piece of unfinished business for Landrieu.
“Plus, the Senate is going to be out all of next week, so failing to hold a confirmation hearing now would mean further delays in getting a new administrator in place at the SBA. The SBA has been without an administrator since August, when Karen Mills finally left the agency after announcing her plans to depart last February. Jeanne Hulit, who has served as acting administrator, is leaving the agency this month to return to the banking industry.”