CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 1838 is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Mary Fallin (R-OK) on April 1, 2009. This bill was incorporated into H.R. 2352 which passed the House on May 20, 2009, by a vote of 406-15.
H.R. 1838 authorizes $20 million in Fiscal Year 2010 and $22 million in Fiscal Year 2011 for women's business centers, 40 percent of which must be spent on new centers. These cost-share funds would be available to centers only if certain non-federal dollar requirements are met. The bill establishes performance standards for these women's business centers and each center must submit an annual financial and strategic plan to the SBA.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 1838.