Wednesday U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) and Robert Casey (D-PA) were joined by U.S. Representatives Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) in reintroducing the Small Business Fairness Act of 2013. This bicameral, bipartisan supported legislation allows small businesses to pool resources in order to compete for larger government contracts typically out of their reach, while saving the federal government money though increased competition.
The federal government is required to fulfill a percentage of contracts from business owned by women, service-disabled veterans, Native Americans, socially disadvantaged individuals, or businesses that qualify under the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zones. However when a business that meets that criteria enters into a pool with other small businesses their contract status is lost. The Small Business Fairness Act allows these companies to maintain that status while teaming with other business in federal contract bidding.
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo):
"This small business bill could mean big changes for those most in need. It makes perfect sense."
U.S. Senator Robert Casey (D-PA):
"Small businesses are the backbone of the economy and we shouldn't allow red tape to hinder their growth," said Senator Casey. "This is a commonsense measure to help small businesses to compete, expand and create jobs."
U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo):
"This is not only a great opportunity for our nation's small businesses to win federal business normally outside of their scope, but a benefit to our government as well. Increasing the number of businesses vying for the available contracts increases competition and increases the likelihood of a better product or service for our government's needs. I'm pleased to be joined by bipartisan and bicameral colleagues who recognize the importance of opening doors for our private sector."
U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA):
"In order to boost job growth and our economy we must invest in creative ways to help America's small businesses. This bipartisan bill does just that. With this legislation, we help small businesses owned by women, disabled veterans and others, or which are located in Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Zones, pool their resources to more easily do business with the federal government. We remove administrative barriers to encourage partnerships that will help more small businesses grow."