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Requisite Relief

What can Congress do to help small businesses hit by the hurricanes?

This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When the hurricanes in the South wreaked devastation across the Gulf Coast, small businesses in particular were hit hard, and many entrepreneurs in the region fear they will not have the capital to rebuild. Since the hurricanes, some small-business owners have started complaining that aid designated for the region is not reaching them. We spoke with our "Point/Counterpoint" team, veteran New York Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Arizona Republican congressman Rick Renzi, about what Congress could do to help Gulf Coast entrepreneurs recover.

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