KERRY PLANS TO ELIMINATE SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL CONTRACTS -- (House of Representatives - April 22, 2004)
(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, the Nashville Business Journal recently ran an article entitled "Kerry Plan Would Cut 100,000 Government Contracting Jobs." This was reporting on JOHN KERRY's plan to eliminate 100,000 private sector contractor jobs. Apparently, he does not feel that the private sector provides much bang for the taxpayer buck. His solution is bigger government, less competition.
According to the Professional Services Council, small businesses would bear the brunt of KERRY's return to big government. Last year, small businesses competed for and won $63 billion in government contracts, equaling more than 25 percent of the Federal Government's contracting budget.
Study after study has shown that contracting with our Nation's small business sector reduces the cost to taxpayers, conserving taxpayer dollars. That should trump favors to special interests and big business any day.
Mr. Speaker, those of us in touch with folks outside the Beltway know small businesses make this country run.