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Snowe Days

Ushering in a new leader at the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee

By Joshua Kurlantzick • Feb 1, 2003

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Olympia Snowe (R-ME) was surprised to find herself chair of theSenate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, becauseshe expected Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) to resume the position in the newCongress. But Snowe brings experience. "Maine's economy isalmost exclusively small businesses," says Dave Lackey,Snowe's communications director, "so the senator has tounderstand their issues."

As a member of the committee, Snowe previously focused onpreventing health-care costs from spiraling-she co-sponsoredlegislation that would allow self-employed businesspeople to take a100 percent deduction for health insurance. As chair, she plans tomake health care her top priority. Lackey says Snowe"can't go more than 20 feet in Maine without hearing fromsmall businesses about health-insurance problems." To keepcosts down, he says, Snowe will probably sponsor hearings on smallbusinesses' health-insurance crisis and then push legislationaddressing rising costs. This legislation may include promotingassociation health plans and loosening restrictions on medicalsavings accounts.

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