Senators tout bill to help small businesses owned by veterans

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U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and David Vitter (R-LA), chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, cheered the committee's approval last week of a bill that would help small businesses owned by veterans.

The bill, called the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act, would allow these small businesses to participate in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) surplus property program.

The bill now awaits a full Senate vote.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has introduced a companion bill in the House.

“I am proud to join Senator Vitter and Representative Duckworth in introducing the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act to encourage small-business growth and give veterans opportunities to succeed,” Durbin said. “Veterans throughout Illinois have already contacted me to let me know how the surplus property program could help them reduce overhead costs and invest those resources in growing their business and creating jobs. This is common-sense legislation that I look forward to voting in favor of on the Senate floor.”

“Veteran-owned small businesses deserve the same opportunities as all other small businesses, and in the case of excess federal property, our nation’s veterans certainly deserve the same access to the federal government’s excess office equipment, computers and tools,” Vitter said. “I am proud to join Senator Durbin in leveling the playing field for our veterans and their small businesses.”

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