Hagedorn-Evans Contracting Bill Approved by Small Business Committee

November 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House Small Business Committee today voted unanimously to approve H.R. 5146, the bipartisan “Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019.” The bill was introduced by Reps. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) and Dwight Evans (PA-03) and works to remove barriers to entry for small businesses looking to compete for federal prime contracts by requiring contract officers to consider relevant past performance and subcontractor experience of these companies. The legislation now advances to a vote by the full House of Representatives, which is expected by early next year.

“By removing this barrier to entry, we will incentivize small businesses to enter or rejoin the federal contracting community. As more companies enter the federal marketplace, competition will increase and, as a result, we will see increased efficiency and better results for the American taxpayers,” said Hagedorn.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and vital to helping ‘middle neighborhoods’ shift toward growth and away from blight. I’m pleased to be the lead co-sponsor of this bipartisan bill that would help small businesses to overcome the ‘past performance’ hurdle that has unfairly kept them from competing for federal prime contracts,” said Evans.

“I would like to commend Vice Chair Evans and Rep. Hagedorn and for their collaboration on this bill and working to make it easier for small businesses seeking to perform as prime contractors. Knowing how a small business performed a contract in the past is an important indicator of a small business’ ability to successfully perform in the future. This bill would allow small businesses to leverage past performance experience obtained as part of joint ventures and subcontracts, which is an important step towards increasing opportunity,” said Committee on Small Business Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez (NY-07).

“This bill would unlock additional opportunities for small businesses pursuing government contracts with the Small Business Administration. I thank Representatives Hagedorn and Evans for their leadership in ensuring a level playing field for our nation’s small contractors,” said Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (OH-01). 

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.