Amata an Original Cosponsor on Bill to Boost Veteran Employment Opportunities

March 17, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata leant her support as an original cosponsor to the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act, a bill introduced by her colleague on the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY).

Amata with Rep Rice
Congresswoman Aumua Amata and Representative Rice
outside the House Veterans Affairs Committee Hearing Room

This important measure would allow the Secretary of the VA to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of veteran employees when awarding VA contracts.   This will reward companies that make it a priority to provide veterans with meaningful employment opportunities and encourage other companies to do the same.  Currently, the VA gives preference for these contracts to veteran-owned small businesses, but not to businesses that actively employ veterans. The BRAVE Act would allow the VA to consider the percentage of veterans employed by a prospective contractor when awarding federal contracts. The BRAVE Act is a cost neutral measure, so this bill would not induce any additional costs or burdens on taxpayers.

“I am proud to join my colleague on the House Veterans Committee, Representative Rice on this legislation that will allow greater employment opportunities for our veterans.  We must continue to do all we can to ensure that those men and women who have served our nation, have an opportunity to be gainfully employed and this bill will help us achieve that goal,” stated Amata.

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