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Curbelo Achieves Passage of Another Small Business Subcontracting Bill

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Washington, April 19, 2016 | comments

Washington, D.C.—Last year, Representative Curbelo introduced the Small Entrepreneur Subcontracting Opportunities (SESO) Act. The bill, which Curbelo secured inclusion into the Defense Authorization Act, holds agency officials accountable for small business subcontracting during their annual performance evaluations. 

Building on the progress achieved last year from the Small Entrepreneur Subcontracting Opportunities Act, Curbelo introduced H.R. 4284, the Service Provider Opportunity Clarification (SPOC) Act to also hold large contractors accountable for meeting subcontracting goals.

Today, the SPOC Act, was unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives:  “We must ensure that our local businesses have access to federal contracts and subcontracts. It’s not just about helping the entrepreneurs; it’s also about helping the workers they employ and keeping our communities strong and prosperous. We should never forget the vital role that our local businesses and their workers play in our neighborhoods.

I thank Congresswoman Yvette Clarke on her leadership in promoting small businesses participation in the procurement process and cosponsoring this bipartisan effort. I also thank Chairman Steve Chabot and Ranking Member Nydia Velazquez for being a strong advocates for our nation’s emerging entrepreneurs."

H.R. 4284 passed the House of Representatives on April 19, 2016 and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

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