MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Scholten’s Bipartisan Bill to Support Women-Owned Small Businesses Passes House

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Hillary Scholten – Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hillary Scholten (D-MI-03) and Rep. Celeste Maloy (R-UT-02)’s bipartisan legislation, the Women-Owned Small Business Integrity Act, passed the House of Representatives. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“We all know that there are immense challenges that come with being an entrepreneur, and we also know that those challenges are exponentially greater for women entrepreneurs– especially when it comes to accessing resources to help open or sustain a business,” said Rep. Scholten.“Our bipartisan bill will be critical to breaking down barriers that prevent women-owned businesses from competing for contracts in the federal marketplace, and I want to thank my colleagues for coming together in this important effort. Now it’s time for the Senate to pass this bill and send it to President Biden’s desk for signature.”

“This piece of legislation is not about adding red tape or about the government picking winners and losers. The WOSB Integrity Act will simply ensure that competition for government contracting opportunities includes women small business owners and is fair. These entrepreneurs drive our economy forward, and when we support them, innovation thrives and the country prospers,”said Rep. Maloy

The Women-Owned Small Business Integrity Act would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) or third-party certifiers to certify that an applicant meets the SBA’s size standards as a small business so they can participate in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. The WOSB Program helps level the playing field to help women-owned small businesses compete in the marketplace for government contracts.