Amata Welcomes House Passage of Small Business Veterans Bill

November 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata is welcoming House passage of a small business bill that also support Veterans.

On Wednesday, the House passed the bipartisan Verification Alignment and Service-disabled Business Adjustment Act, better known as the VA-SBA Act, H.R. 1615. Congresswoman Amata cosponsored this bill, introduced by Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS). This bill came through the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Committee on Small Business, and she serves on both.

“This act would help reduce red tape for Veterans in business that work with the federal government,” said Aumua Amata. “Congratulations to Congressman Kelly upon passage of this reform.”

Specifically, this bill moves the verification of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The purpose is to manage this important process for Veterans in one place, unifying two federal programs, to better protect veterans and their small businesses from fraud, along with clarifying and simplifying the effort for Veteran entrepreneurs. The bill is one of several small business bills applying to Veterans this week.