Schneider Amendments to Support Small Business Research and Hold Iran Accountable included in Final Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

July 30, 2018
Press Release

This week, the House of Representatives passed the finalized H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, by a vote of 359-54. Two amendments authored by Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) to support small business research and hold Iran accountable were included in the legislation.

Schneider introduced the first amendment (no. 12) with Reps. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) to provide more flexibility for successful innovators to turn federally-funded research into viable commercial products by increasing the amount of SBIR and Tech Transfer funding they can use towards commercialization. The amendment also clarified that this funding can be used towards market research, development of manufacturing plans, protections for intellectual property, and developing regulatory plans.

“The federal government supports research by small businesses, but we need to help companies improve how they turn this research into marketable products,” said Schneider. “My amendment provides businesses more flexibility to invest in market research, intellectual property protections, and other steps necessary to bring their research to market under the Small Business Innovative Research and Tech Transfer programs. I was glad this provision was included in the final NDAA.”

Schneider’s second amendment (no.72) requires that our national security strategy to counter Iranian destabilizing activities by specifically identifying countries in which Iran and its entities are operating in the region. This bipartisan amendment was offered with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). 

“Our national security strategy must properly address Iran’s increasingly bold destabilizing activities in the region,” said Schneider. “I was pleased that the final NDAA included a provision I authored that requires our national security strategy on Iran to identify specific countries in which Iran and Iranian-backed entities are operating.  We must hold Iran accountable for its efforts to attack our allies like Israel, and to counter its malicious influence in the region.”