House quickly approves small business extension bill

With little debate, the House on Tuesday approved an amended version of S. 990, which would extend the authorization of small business program through the end of FY 2011. The bill keeps in place programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which would otherwise expire at the end of May.

The bill was approved by voice vote, and no recorded vote was requested.

With the amendment, the bill is not identical to the Senate-passed bill, which would extend these programs until May 31, 2012.