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Tenney Meets with AeroMed Technologies and Hosts Women-Owned Small Business Roundtable, Where She Announced New Made In America Manufacturing Legislation

March 30, 2021

Utica, NY - Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), member of the House Small Business Committee, was briefed today by AeroMed Technologies on its efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases by using Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) in public spaces. The presentation was followed by a women-owned small business roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Tenney, with special guest Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee. They discussed the challenges facing business owners throughout New York’s 22nd District as well as important initiatives in Congress to support small businesses economic recovery. 

During the presentation by AeroMed Technologies, the company shared information about their UVGI technologies that are currently deployed throughout several hospitals, healthcare facilities, colleges, schools, and several other public facilities in the United States and overseas. The technology has been in practice as an infection control solution for several decades and has proven especially effective in the face of the pandemic. 

“Today’s presentation from AeroMed Technologies was very impressive and really proved that this is an effective solution to the immediate and future challenges we face with airborne diseases, including COVID-19. It is great to see such innovation right here in our community. Reducing the transmission of airborne diseases like COVID-19 is going to help us reopen our economy safely. It’s time to get children back in the classroom and Americans back to work, and I appreciate any solutions that will help us solve this problem,” Tenney said.

Following Monday’s presentation and in recognition of Women’s History Month, Tenney and Ranking Member Luetkemeyer hosted a roundtable with women-owned small business owners throughout the 22nd Congressional District. The discussion was centered around issues impacting small businesses throughout New York. Small business owners shared their experiences owning and operating businesses during this unprecedented pandemic. 

Roundtable attendees include Eastern Shore Associates, Curcio Printing, A&P, Crazy Otto’s, Kessler Promotions, Mohawk Valley Signs, Home Builders, the Utica Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders and Remodelers of Mohawk Valley, Metal Solutions Inc, AeroMed Technologies, Bev & Co, Shorty’s Deli, Scharman Propane, and Pizza Plus. 

“I thank Ranking Member Luetkemeyer for taking time to speak with women-owned small businesses in Upstate New York today,” said Tenney. “Now more than ever, it is critical that we understand the challenges small business owners are facing so we can deliver the right resources to help them recover from this pandemic and come back stronger. It was such an honor that the Republican leader of the House Small Business Committee attended this event to hear directly from our local business owners. Bipartisan legislation I recently supported to extend the Paycheck Protection Program was signed into law by the president, which will continue this vital relief program for our small businesses. As a member of the Small Business Committee, I will continue to work across the aisle to deliver these kind of commonsense solutions for our local employers."

“Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and the countless contributions women have made to our nation,” said Ranking Member Luetkemeyer. "I am extremely grateful we live in a country that allows every person, regardless of gender, to peruse and reach their full potential. This Women’s History Month is a great time to uplift our women-owned small businesses and female entrepreneurs while celebrating those who have contributed and continue to contribute so much to America.”

“Today I also announced new legislation I introduced, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, or AIM Act. This bill will help small manufacturing businesses seek new investments to grow right here in our communities. As I have conversations like the one today with women-owned small businesses, it is clear we need to bring manufacturing back to Upstate New York and rebuild the Made in America movement,” Tenney continued. “The AIM Act will be a key piece of legislation to help grow the domestic manufacturing industry and workforce while eliminating the challenges many small manufacturing firms face when trying to access capital.”

H.R. 2262, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act provides $10 billion in long-term debt with equity features to registered SBA Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) that invest in small businesses in manufacturing industries. Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) introduced a companion bill to his legislation last week in the United States Senate.