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February 10, 2011

Owens joins third committee

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congressman Bill Owens has added a third committee to his assignments for this year.

The House Committee on Small Business oversees regulations on small-business owners.

"The most important work Congress has is to create jobs and get the economy back on the right track," Owens said.

"With this third committee, upstate New York will have a louder voice when it comes to giving local small-business owners the tools they need to succeed and put the unemployed back to work."

The committee was established to protect and assist small businesses and was made into a permanent standing committee in 1975.

It has jurisdiction over matters related to small-business financial aid, regulatory flexibility and paperwork reductions.

Also, the committee has oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration and its programs.

Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, also serves on the House committees on Agriculture and Armed Services.

Owens represents the 23rd District in New York, which includes 11 counties from Lake Ontario in the west to Lake Champlain in the east.

He was first elected in a special election in 2009 to fill the final year on Congressman John McHugh's term.

McHugh left Congress to become the secretary of the Army.

Owens won a full two-year term last November when he defeated Republican Matt Doheny of Watertown.

E-mail Joe LoTemplio at: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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