By Ramsey Cox
New York lawmakers urged Senate passage of a bill that would increase opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) seeking federal contracts.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) said their bill, the Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act, aims to close the gap for WOSBs by helping them grow. The House passed similar legislative language earlier this year, but the Senate hasn’t acted.
Their bill would give WOSBs the same sole-source federal contract ability that other minority small business owners receive.
“It’s time to knock down the barriers that for too long have blocked female entrepreneurs from doing more business with the federal government,” Meng said. “Women-owned businesses have just as much right to federal contracts as all other businesses do.”