CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
Amendments to H.R. 1352 are expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, under a structured rule which allows consideration of 9 amendments. Each amendment will be debatable for ten minutes, except for the Manager's Amendment which will be debatable for 20 minutes.
1) Rep. Velazquez (D-NY), Manager's Amendment: Allows the Veterans Business Center program to authorize grants to veterans business centers for providing counseling to members of the Reserves who are small business owners on effective planning strategies to prepare their business for when they deploy as part of a contingency operation. The amendment requires the Director of the Veterans Business Center program to certify annually to the Director of the Small Business Administration that a sufficient percentage of veterans in rural areas have adequate access to a Veterans Business Center. If not, the Director of the Veterans Business Center program shall for one year give priority to grant applications that establish Veteran Business Centers in rural areas. The amendment provides women's and veterans business centers that institute green entrepreneurial programs access to the maximum grant awards under their respective programs. The amendment requires Small Business Development centers to provide services that assist low-income or dislocated workers to start businesses in the fields of energy efficiency, green technology, or clean technology under the Green Entrepreneurs Training Program. Finally, the amendment waives matching grant requirements contained in the bill for Veterans Business Centers serving communities with a per capita income less than 75 percent of the national per-capita income and an unemployment rate at least 150 percent higher than the national average.
2) Rep. Polis (D-CO): Includes cost-saving energy usage reductions as an eligible project under the women's business center program.
3) Rep. Paulsen (R-MN): Requires a GAO study to look at the effects of the legislation on veteran owned businesses. GAO must include recommendations as to how the federal government can more effectively serve veteran owned businesses.
4) Rep. Boccieri (D-OH): Allows veterans centers to receive grants to develop specialized programs to assist unemployed veterans in becoming entrepreneurs and adds training for veterans centers to improve outreach to veterans in areas of high unemployment at the Veterans Development Summit.
5) Rep. Himes (D-CT): Requires SBA to establish a "Microenterprise Training Center Program" for the purpose of providing low-income and unemployed individuals with training and counseling with respect to starting a microenterprise.
6) Rep. Kratovil (D-MD): Establishes a Rural Entrepreneurship Advisory Council SBA, comprised of appropriate officials from the SBA, the rural development programs of the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce, as well as representatives from the academic, small business, agriculture, and high-tech communities. The council is tasked with reporting to Congress on rural entrepreneurship, and to provide ongoing advice and recommendations.
7) Rep. Murphy (D-NY): Increases the grant sizes for "initial grants" and "growth funding grants" for each veterans business center by $50,000 per year per center to $200,000 and $150,000 respectively. In addition, the amendment increases the authorization to carry out this subsection by $2 million each per year to $12 million in Fiscal Year 2010 and $14 million in Fiscal Year 2011.
8) Rep. Nye (D-VA): Requires the SBA to establish a program to provide business counseling and entrepreneurial development assistance to members of the Armed Forces to facilitate the development of small business concerns. The amendment establishes a liaison to facilitate outreach to members of the Armed Forces with respect to business counseling and entrepreneurial development assistance. Authorizes $1 million for each of the Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 for this purpose.
9) Rep. Schauer (D-MI): Creates a new section and authorizes funding for small business development centers to assist small manufacturers that are transitioning into growth sectors. Authorizes $2.5 million for each of the Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011 for this purpose.