Gluesenkamp Perez’s Bipartisan Bill to Help More Small Businesses Access Federal Contracts Passes House

Jun 11, 2024
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Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez speaks in support of her bipartisan SPUR Act on the House Floor.

Today, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) and Rep. Pete Stauber’s (MN-08) bipartisan legislation, the Small Business Procurement and Utilization Reform (SPUR) Act, passed the House of Representatives. The legislation now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is tasked with ensuring that small businesses are given a fair shot at competing for federal contracting dollars. Although the amount of federal contract dollars awarded to small businesses has reached record highs, the number of small businesses in the industrial base has declined dramatically. Data indicates the federal government is not retaining current small business contractors, and fewer small businesses are choosing to enter the federal market.

The SPUR Act will require the SBA to include the number of new small businesses entering the federal contracting market as part of their consideration of each federal agency’s performance meeting small business contracting goals.

“Even though more federal contracting dollars are making it to small businesses, fewer small businesses are deciding to take up federal contracts. For our local economies to thrive, it’s important that we level the playing field and ensure more Southwest Washington small businesses can benefit from these opportunities,” said Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez. “As more folks retire from the trades, the middle class will lose out if small businesses can’t clear the regulatory burdens of competing for contracts. This bipartisan legislation will help ensure our federal government is retaining and bringing in small business contractors – and today’s bipartisan passage through the House is a big step toward making this a reality for Southwest Washington.”

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez is leading a bipartisan effort to fully fund Small Business Development Centers in FY25. Last year, Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s Corrective Action Report Oversight and Accountability Act passed the House Small Business Committee to help ensure federal agencies meet their benchmarks for the percentage of contracting dollars reaching women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and small disadvantaged businesses.

Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez’s remarks on the House Floor in support of the SPUR Act are available here. Her remarks to the House Small Business Committee are available here.

Full text of the legislation is available here.

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