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Mfume Works to Ensure Small Contractor Involvement in Infrastructure Plans

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, Chaired by Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), held a hearing examining the role of small contractors under potential infrastructure investment plans. The hearing gathered small contractors and procurement experts to discuss how infrastructure investment can benefit small businesses and small firms’ role i...

Statement of the Hon. Kweisi Mfume on Utilization of Small Contractors in the Infrastructure Plan

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Infrastructure helps form the foundation of our nation. Every day, Americans across the country rely on infrastructure to commute to work, access clean water, and communicate with each other. But despite infrastructure’s fundamental importance to our country, it has become an afterthought over the past several decades. The U.S. is the wealthiest country globally but is ranked 13th worldwide when i...

Statement of the Hon. Kweisi Mfume on The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Rules: What it Means for Government Contractors

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Thank you all for being here today for the first hearing of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure for the 117th Congress. For our opening hearing, I thought it was important to examine an issue that is a priority for government contractors: the interplay between the Federal Acquisition Regulations (the FAR) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The FAR serves as the primary set o...

Mfume Seeks Resolution for Small Contractors Hurt by the Pandemic

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Washington, D.C.— Today, the House Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, led by Chairman Kweisi Mfume (D-MD), held a hearing focused on the interplay between the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). The FAR serves as the primary set of rules governing all executive agencies in their acquisition of goods and services. Un...

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on SBA Management Review: Office of Government Contracting and Business Development

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Today, the Committee will examine the management and operations of SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. The main purpose of this office- commonly known as GCBD- is to maximize small business participation in government contracting. We know that when a small business is awarded a federal contract, it spurs economic development and job growth in our communities. One of th...

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on Moving America’s Infrastructure Forward

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Whether it’s the roads, rails, and bridges that we use to transport our goods, the utility systems that power our factories, or the telecommunications networks that connect consumers to businesses, maintaining America’s infrastructure is fundamental to a robust economy and to the nation’s competitiveness. Historically, America’s infrastructure network has fostered strong economies and allowed us t...

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on Smart Construction: Increasing Opportunities for Small Businesses in Infrastructure

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American infrastructure needs an upgrade. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, American infrastructure received a D+. This is the very reason why there must be a strong infrastructure agenda---one that focuses on investing in our outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, and water systems. Doing so will increase opportunities for small businesses in construction, manufact...

Statement of The Hon. Jared Golden on Broadband Mapping: Small Carrier Perspectives on a Path Forward

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Reliable and affordable high-speed broadband connections are a vital aspect of doing business in our day and age. Sadly, at least 25 million Americans still lack access to high-speed Internet—many of which live in remote parts of our country. We all realize it is more difficult and expensive to build out broadband networks in these areas but that’s no excuse to leave them behind. To do so results ...

Golden Holds Hearing on Improving Broadband Mapping to Tackle Digital Divide

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Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure held a hearing focused on improving broadband mapping in rural areas across the country. The hearing featured testimony from rural broadband carriers on the challenges that they face, and ways broadband mapping can be improved going forward. “Accurate broadband cov...

Statement of the Hon. Jared Golden on Small Businesses and Their Limitations Without Reliable Access to Rural Broadband

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Access to a robust broadband connection is critical for small businesses and the communities they serve. However, 25 million Americans still lack access to high-speed Internet. Many of these Americans reside in rural parts of the country where it is more difficult and expensive to build out broadband networks. In fact, 58% of rural Americans believe that lack of access to high-speed internet is a ...

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