Today’s Politico.com features an in-depth story about the credit crunch facing small businesses, quoting Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, and representatives of the Small Business Administration. “For the past few months, the [IFA] has been lobbying Congress to examine whether new regulations have harmed small-business lending. “If we could eliminate some of the regulatory hurdles, there would be more capital to lend,” Caldeira said. [Chairman] Graves shares Caldeira’s perspective, saying that forcing banks to keep more capital in reserve has stifled borrowing. “We’ve got to untie the hands of these lending institutions,” Graves said. “It’s ridiculous what you have to jump through.” Read more here.