Late yesterday Jaime Herrera Beutler's bipartisan small business bill was approved by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization bill. The Small Business Opportunities Act of 2012, introduced by Jaime in February along with Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), would expand opportunities for more than 900 Southwest Washington small businesses who wish to compete for federal contracts. Today the bill was passed by the Senate and will head to the President's desk where it is expected to be signed into law before the end of the year.
Jaime joins U.S. House-Senate negotiations
Earlier this month, Jaime was asked to join bipartisan House-Senate committee negotiations that produced 2013 National Defense Authorization bill. Because Jaime's own small business bill would benefit those small businesses competing for Department of Defense contracts -- as well as all federal agencies -- it was included in the U.S. House version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act passed earlier this year. Jaime seized her role in the negotiations to successfully push for her pro-jobs, pro-small business solution to be included in the joint House-Senate deal.
"This is a win for small businesses and jobs in Southwest Washington and throughout the country," said Jaime. "I'm honored to be part of a group in Congress that is compromising and working to get things done for families and job-seekers back home."