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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Schneider Bill to Help Small Businesses Acquire Federal Contracts Passes House

January 18, 2019
Press Release
Bill would modernize sole-source contracting for small businesses

Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) to help small businesses acquire federal contracts passed the House of Representatives this week by a vote of 415-6.

H.R. 190, the Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019, makes improvements to the sole source contracting process for small businesses. 

“Too many small businesses owned by women, service-disabled veterans, or operating in historically underserved communities pass over the opportunity of federal contracts,” said Schneider. “Our bill updates the sole-source contracting requirements so more small businesses can access federal contracts, while also enacting safeguards to ensure awards only go to eligible firms. I was pleased to see the House take prompt action to support opportunities for small businesses and urge the Senate to follow suit on this bipartisan legislation.” 

The legislation updates the caps on sole-source contracts to bring them in line with inflation and creates an eligibility check by the Small Business Administration for women-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses.