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Chabot Backs House Action to End the Small Business Blacklist Now

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Washington, February 2, 2017 | comments

Click Image to View Chairman Chabot's Remarks on the House Floor

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) took to the House floor today in support of H.J. Res. 37, a measure to undo the Obama administration’s controversial “blacklisting” rule which barred many small businesses from competing for federal contracts.

“The blacklisting rule will force innocent small businesses to settle unproven claims, disclose commercially sensitive information to their competitors, and report information the federal government already has,” Chairman Chabot explained. “Ultimately, this rule will result in small businesses being blacklisted from participating in federal contracting based on accusations where they may ultimately be found innocent."

H.J. Res 37 passed the House this evening by a vote of 236 to 187.

BACKGROUND:

  • Members of the small business community have been testifying before the House Small Business Committee for the past two years about the harm the blacklisting rule will do to their businesses and employees.
  • Since 2012, there are 100,000 fewer small businesses competing for federal contracts.
  • Throughout the 114th Congress, Small Business Committee Republicans repeatedly sounded the alarm for the Obama administration about the negative consequences of this rule for small businesses through lettershearings and roundtables.           
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