Friday, September 9, 2016


Dear Fellow Nevadan, Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks. Let’s reflect on the liberties guaranteed to us in the Constitution and the values of faith, family and country that make the United States the greatest nation on Earth. Let us also honor the heroes of September 11th for their sacrifice and give thanks for the service of the brave patriots who wear our nation’s uniform on the front lines and continue the fight to keep our country safe because like the rest of our nation, they’ll never forget.
Congress returned to Washington this week from the August District work period. I had the opportunity to speak twice on the House Floor.  On Friday, I recognized my hometown of Mesquite for becoming a Purple Heart City and Wednesday, I spoke about the Natural Resources Committee hearing I held this summer at North Las Vegas City Hall.

I had two opportunities this week to make it easier for small businesses to succeed. First, I voted for a bill that passed the House that will remove barriers for businesses hoping to get faster access to capital.  I also attended a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business looking at ways to improve the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program to better serve small businesses.
Keep reading below to learn more. I wish you and your families a weekend filled with reflection and a greater love for our country as we remember September 11, 2001.
Serving you,

Cresent Hardy

Mesquite to Become a Purple Heart City | VIDEO

On Tuesday, the City of Mesquite officially becomes a Purple Heart City. On Friday, I took to the House Floor to recognize my hometown. I want to thank Chapter 711 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for working with the City of Mesquite to make this day possible. It is my hope that more communities will take this step to honor the sacrifices of these brave warriors by becoming Purple Heart Cities. 

A Better Way Forward on Public Lands | VIDEO

Earlier this week on the House floor, I had the opportunity to talk about the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing I hosted in North Las Vegas this summer titled, “Improving Federal Land Management and Use to Better Serve Las Vegas Valley Communities.” At this hearing, I brought together local government, a non-profit organization, an economics professor at UNLV, a private sector trade association, and the federal government to have a productive and cooperative conversation about finding a better way forward that will protect our public lands while also allowing the people of the Las Vegas Valley to thrive.
My remarks on the House Floor highlighted the frustration of the Clark County Flood Control District in complying with BLM rules for removing impediments from detention basins after rainfall. During the hearing this summer, Clark County testified that these BLM rules impair public safety when it floods.
Watch the video to learn more.

Faster Access to Capital for Small Business

Small businesses are the hub of innovation in our country and the cornerstone of our country’s economic growth. As I meet with small business owners all across the Fourth District, I hear great enthusiasm about what’s possible and frustration about not having the funds necessary for their business to be more competitive. The greatest innovations and economic growth are found in places like the Fourth District and not Washington. When our economy grows, so do small businesses and take home pay for the millions of people employed by small businesses across the country.
This is why I voted for H.R. 2357, the Accelerating Access to Capital Act this week. This bill, that passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 236-178, will allow companies to access capital funds in a more efficient manner by removing bureaucratic red tape at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
This bill would also expand eligibility of the use of the Form S-3 that would allow companies to access capital funds in a more cost-effective manner. The bill also creates a limited exemption for small businesses to raise capital without unnecessary regulatory costs and remove regulatory hurdles that often times make it more difficult for small businesses to raise capital, which is consistent with the bipartisan JOBS Act.

Improving HUBZone Program for Small Businesses

I had the opportunity to attend a hearing on the House Small Business Committee about how the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program is helping small businesses. We heard from witnesses about ways to improve this program to better serve small businesses located in economically distressed areas here in the Fourth Congressional District and throughout the rest of the country. 

Hardy’s Upcoming Events

Fall Business Series As a follow up to my Summer Business Series, my office is hosting a Fall Business Series made up of seminars for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on taxes and regulations affecting small businesses. These seminars are a service to you and provide great resources that I believe will help small businesses in Nevada thrive.
Mondays | September 12, 2016 through October 24, 2016
North Las Vegas City Council Chambers
2250 N. Las Vegas Boulevard
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Morning Sessions: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Evening Sessions: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
September Seminars
· September 12th - FLSA and the Updated Overtime Rule
· September 19th - The Affordable Care Act and Your Business
· September 26th - Understanding the Nevada Commerce Tax
October Seminars
· October 3rd - Doing Business with Your Government
· October 17th - Unlocking the Global Market through Exporting
· October 24th - Establishing Business Relations with Corporations
To RSVP, call (702) 912-1634 or email
Veterans Benefits Seminar in North Las Vegas
Do you have questions about the VA or your veterans’ benefits? Attend my Veterans Benefits Seminar to learn more about disability benefits, accessing My Healthevet and the CHOICE Program. VA representatives will be on hand to provide answers to your questions and show you how to navigate their website where you can access your e-benefits.
Thursday | September 22, 2016
Veterans Transition Resource Center (VTRC)
2250 Nature Park Drive, Room 200
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89084
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, contact John Taing at (702) 912-1634 or
FAFSA Seminar
Students, parents and educators are welcome to attend my FAFSA Seminar to learn how to better understand the federal financial aid process and get information on applying for scholarships and Service Academy Nominations.
Monday | September 26, 2016
Cimarron Memorial High School
2301 North Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Call (702) 912-1634 or email for more details.

Hardy in the News

Hardy announces app challenge for students – Reno Gazette-Journal – 09/02/2016 Development Authority Gives Report – Lincoln Country Record – 09/04/2016
En Español: Congressman Hardy Welcomes Entrants to the Congressional App Challenge – Entravision – 09/04/2016
Congressman Challenges Students to Create Next Pokémon Go – Mesquite Local News – 09/07/2016

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