from capac

Sep 14, 2021, Washington, D.C. — Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) sent a letter today to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship calling for a swift confirmation of Dilawar Syed, President Biden’s nominee to serve as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. But since June 16, three different attempts to consider Mr. Syed’s nomination have been blocked by individual Senators who have targeted Mr. Syed for his faith, holding up his vote based on false accusations and anti-Muslim sentiment. “Targeting nominees like Mr. Syed for their faith, ethnicity, or place of birth, furthers the perpetual foreigner stereotype to which AAPIs are constantly subjected,” said the CAPAC members in the letter. “We stand firmly against the use of these typecasting misconceptions. These tactics have been rejected by leading civil rights and faith-based organizations and have no place in our government or our nation. There is no question that Mr. Syed is uniquely well suited and highly qualified for this role, and small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country deserve this standard of leadership at SBA. Continuing to block his nomination is a disservice to these business owners and entrepreneurs.”

“Dilawar Syed, President Biden’s nominee to run the Small Business Administration – a vital position as we rebuild our economy and help entrepreneurs stay on their feet – is a successful entrepreneur with decades of experience in business and public service,” said CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu. “But despite his qualifications, he is being held up by a handful of Senators who object not to his business record or his policies, but to his faith. Mr. Syed’s bona fides and record have been endorsed not only by business groups, like the US Chamber of Commerce, but also by Jewish community organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress – levels of support that no other nominee to a similar position is expected to have. But despite this support, Republican Senators are claiming that his faith and background are disqualifying. This is bigotry plain and simple and the Senate must not have its hands tied by those who spread lies and misinformation. It’s time to give Mr. Syed the same vote that every nominee deserves.”