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Blacklisting Rule Reversal Clears Senate

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Washington, March 6, 2017 | comments

Measure to Undo Obama-Era Rule Heads to President Trump's Desk 

WASHINGTON
- House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) made the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to pass H.J. Res 37, agreeing with the House’s disapproval of the Obama Administration’s controversial “blacklisting” rule which barred many small businesses from competing for federal contracts.

"When the federal government contracts with small businesses, the American taxpayer saves money and communities across the nation benefit economically,”said Chairman Chabot. “That’s why the ‘blacklisting’ rule hurts everyone, especially our small businesses who have played by the rules. At our Committee, we’ve heard first-hand accounts from the small business community of how this rule would kill jobs. It is for the sake of these small job creators and their employees that I applaud the Senate's action and look forward to President Trump signing this resolution that repeals the damaging blacklisting rule."

The House passed H.J. Res 37 last month and it now advances to President Trump's desk for his signature.

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.
  • The House passed the Blacklisting CRA legislation on February 2.
  • Since 2012, there are 100,000 fewer small businesses competing for federal contracts.
  • Throughout the 114th Congress, Small Business Committee Republicans repeatedly warned the Obama administration about the negative consequences of this rule for small businesses through lettershearings and roundtables.

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