Rep. Hagedorn’s small business legislation, H.R. 5146, passes the House

Published 6:05 am Friday, January 10, 2020

‘Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act’ receives bipartisan support


A new bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), geared toward opening a clearer path for federal contracts for small businesses, has been accepted by the House of Representatives.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)

Hagedorn spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday in support of his bill, H.R. 5146, the “Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act.” The House adopted Hagedorn’s legislation by voice vote.

The measure works to remove barriers to entry for small businesses seeking to compete for federal prime contracts by requiring contract officers to consider the relevant past performance and subcontractor experience of these companies. The bill will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

“Working with Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and members of the House Committee on Small Business in bipartisan fashion to pass our legislation is rewarding,” Hagedorn said in a press release. “Incentivizing small businesses to rejoin the federal contracting community will increase competition and deliver better outcomes for the American taxpayer.”