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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2965, Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2965, ENHANCING SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - July 08, 2009)

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Mr. BARROW. I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2965, the Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act, because I believe this bill is vital to modernizing Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer programs.

I'm also pleased that this bill includes a proposal I sponsored last year that will establish a grant program for minority colleges and universities to partner with nonprofits. Working together, nonprofits and minority colleges and universities will develop relationships with industries and small businesses that will expand minority-owned small business opportunities.

Small businesses are the engine that drives the American economy, and this act will help grow small businesses where both the need--and the opportunity--are the greatest. I believe this bill is critical to sustain job growth, and exactly the kind of legislation that our Nation needs right now, and I urge my colleagues to support the rule and vote for it.

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