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Knight's Small Business Contracting Bill Passes House

Mentor-Protege Cooperation Reform Act One Step Closer To President's Desk

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Washington, D.C., May 19, 2016 | comments

(WASHINGTON, DC) –A measure by Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) to help small businesses land defense contracts passed the House of Representatives this week.

In January, Rep. Knight introduced H.R. 4322, the Mentor-Protégé Cooperation Reform Act. The bill would simplify the qualification process for small businesses that are eligible to participate in the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Mentor-Protégé program. This program, which has existed since 1991, helps certain small businesses (protégés) compete for federal contracts by partnering them with large companies (mentors) that can provide them with technical assistance and business development services. 

“The Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé program could be a huge asset for some of the small firms in our community that are struggling to contract with the federal government,” said Congressman Steve Knight. “This bill would go a long way in making the program more accessible to them.”
 
Last month, H.R. 4322 was added to the language of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, a major annual bill that authorizes the budgets and expenditures for most national defense operations in the upcoming fiscal year. The NDAA passed out of committee 60-2 and came to the House floor Wednesday along with Knight’s Mentor-Protégé Cooperation Reform Act. The measure passed 277-147 and is now headed to the Senate for reconciliation.

“Our communities are in the unique position of having a huge presence of defense contracting companies as well as a large number of small businesses that are seeking government contacts,” said Rep. Knight. “The DOD Mentor-Protégé Cooperation Reform Act would help bridge the gap between those two groups so that our region’s economy can thrive.”

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