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Jaime Herrera Beutler Introduces Bill to Increase Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses


Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday Jaime Herrera Beutler joined Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) to introduce the Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012. This bipartisan bill would assist small business contractors that compete for federal contracts, positioning them to win business and create jobs in Southwest Washington.

"I hear from small businesses in Southwest Washington that they are ready to compete, want to grow, and hope to start hiring new employees. This bill would help them get there," said Jaime. "The goal is to involve small business advocates earlier in the planning process for federal contracts, better equipping them to help small business contractors compete. Small businesses and entrepreneurs will help lead our region's economic recovery, and I will continue to pursue solutions that allow them to succeed."

"Small construction contractors across the district appreciate the effort Rep. Herrera Beutler is making to ensure small businesses can compete for federal construction projects," said Baron Derr, Executive Vice President of the Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Contractors National Association -- Western Washington, Inc. "Reforms don't just help the small business contractor; the reforms will attract a broader base of well-qualified small business contractors to compete for federal government contracts, increasing project performance and value for the federal government."

"Providing small business like mine an equal opportunity to conduct business with the federal government would be much appreciated," said Terry Cole, president of Hamer Electric in Longview. "We need improvements to the present system, which can be burdensome and can discourage participation. I appreciate Jaime's efforts to help businesses compete."

"The proposed bill regarding Procurement Center Representatives should be a significant improvement for businesses like mine," said Timothy Buckley, owner of Greenstone Architecture in Vancouver. "I appreciate any effort to remove barriers to small business participation in federal contracting. Jaime's bill would level the playing field for small businesses like my own to get in the game and compete to provide valuable goods and services to agencies."

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