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Mr. MULVANEY. I thank the gentleman from Texas.
This is not, Mr. Speaker, the most glamorous thing we're going to do in this 112th Congress. If you stop to think about it, there are not that many people who are aware of, let alone care about, what kind of security is offered on surety bonds.
I can assure you, it is important to some people. It really is. If you are the person who is entering into that contract, who is counting on somebody doing that work, the quality of that security in that surety bond is of the utmost importance to you. And as you heard the gentleman from New York (Mr. Hanna) mention, in certain cases, it could be a matter of life or death for your business. So I am proud to be the sponsor of this bill.
But that is not why I rise today, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to bring to light the fact that we are actually doing something on a bipartisan basis to help the country. We get a lot of criticism back home--I know we both do, the Republicans and the Democrats--for not being able to come together to fix things. And, yes, we do struggle, perhaps, to fix the big things, and maybe rightly so. We are unlikely to solve the issue of taxes versus spending here today, but it's nice to know that we're still able to get together from time to time on the small things.
Face it. It used to be, before this bill, that you could take marketable coal as collateral on a surety bond. That's outrageous. With this bill, we'll fix those types of things and actually make it safer to do
business on a government contract. Again, is it the big things that stand between our country and its current lack of prosperity? Absolutely not. But it does make business better in the United States of America.
That's why I congratulate the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Smith) and the ranking member, Mr. Conyers. I also thank the gentleman from Missouri (Mr. Graves) and gentlelady from New York (Ms. Velázquez) from the Small Business Committee who also took a look at this bill and also passed it on a bipartisan basis.
So with that, Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman. I thank my colleagues from across the aisle for actually coming together today to try to do something to help the Nation advance. And with that, I encourage everyone to support this bill.
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