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Committee Approves Five Small Business Contracting Bills

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Washington, March 22, 2012 | DJ Jordan, Wendy Knox (202.225.5821) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today passed five small business contracting bills during a full Committee markup. The bills are a product of 10 hearings the Committee has held on contracting topics.

“The federal government regularly spends over half a trillion dollars on federal contracts each year, and has spent over $100 billion so far this year,” said Graves. “When small businesses compete for these contracts, something important happens:  Jobs are created.  Innovation occurs. Competition brings down prices.  In short, when small business wins, we all win. 

“The bills marked up today will ensure that first and foremost, taxpayer dollars are used wisely and are protected from fraud. They will also make sure programs intended to help small businesses deliver results and don’t inadvertently harm the very business they are supposed to help.

“Each of these bills deserves bipartisan support. It is my hope that we can get these bills through Congress and onto the President’s desk so that small businesses will have a level playing field for contracting opportunities.”

The legislation marked up included:

H.R. 3985- The Building Better Business Partnerships Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) - PASSED BY VOICE VOTE. 
H.R. 3987- The Small Business Protection Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) - PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.  

H.R. 4081- The Contractor Opportunity Protection Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) -  PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.  

H.R. 4206- The Contracting Oversight for Small Business Jobs Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) - PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.   

H.R. 4203- The Women’s Procurement Program Improvement Act of 2012, sponsored by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) - PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.  

For additional hearing documents and vote tallies on bills and amendments, CLICK HERE.

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