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Knight Bill Heading To House Floor

Small Business Joint Venturing Act Added To Defense Funding Bill

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Washington, DC, April 30, 2015 | comments

Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) scored a major legislative victory for small businesses this week by amending the National Defense Authorization Act to include his first bill.

In March, Congressman Knight introduced House Resolution 1390, the Small Business Joint Venturing Act. The bill would give small businesses a better chance to compete for federal contracts by allowing them to form joint ventures and work together while maintaining their small business status. It passed through the Small Business Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support that same month, and earlier this week it cleared its final hurdle before making it to the House floor.

“This legislation will be very helpful for the hundreds of small businesses in our communities that contract with the federal government,” said Congressman Steve Knight. 

In a hearing on Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the budgets and expenditures for most national defense operations in the upcoming fiscal year. Knight, who sits on the committee, made the case during the hearing that the bill ought to include a slight reform to the federal contracting process to help small businesses compete for federal contracts. Members of the committee overwhelmingly agreed and voted to amend the NDAA to include H.R. 1390. 

“I am excited that our national defense policy will include strengthening our industrial base by making small businesses more competitive in the bidding process for federal contracts,” continued Knight.

H.R.1390 was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the house Armed Services Committee 60-2 on April 30, 2015. It will now be sent to the House Floor for a vote.

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