On May 10, the House passed, 409-13, the Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act (H.R. 1873). The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the measure, by voice vote, on May 1 (see The Source, 5/4/07). The House Small Business Committee approved the bill, by voice vote, on April 24. Prior to the final vote on H.R. 1873, Rep. Phil English (R-PA) offered a motion to recommit the bill with instructions to add language that would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to consider small businesses economically disadvantaged if they demonstrate that they have been adversely affected by the expiration of small business tax incentives. The motion failed, 209-216.
Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), H.R. 1873 would limit federal agencies’ ability to bundle two or more small contracts into one large contract, thus increasing small business access to federal government contracts; increase participation by small businesses in federal procurement and service contracts; and require the Small Business administrator to contact registered small businesses regarding potential federal contracting opportunities.
During consideration of the bill, the House adopted the following amendments by voice vote: