CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1807 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 1807 was introduced on March 31, 2009, by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA).
The bill authorizes $2 million in each of Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to contract with vendors for entrepreneurial training materials and a communications platform that can be used for broadcast distant learning.
This legislation was earlier incorporated into H.R. 2352 which passed the House on May 20, 2009, by a vote of 406-15. H.R. 1807 is now being considered as a stand-alone bill should the Senate not take up the larger small business bill. Entrepreneurial development programs, facilitated by the SBA, have been developed over the past several decades and provide services such as counseling, educational training, and workshops for small businesses. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide existing small businesses and potential startups with assistance such as marketing advice and financial planning.
A CBO cost estimate is not yet available for H.R. 1807.