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 MengGrace MengHouse passes bill removing 'Negro' and 'Oriental' from federal regulations Dem rep blasts Hollywood after 'Hawaii Five-0' pay equality dispute Mnuchin will request more Treasury funding for terror unit MORE (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.

“The key to a growing economy, and the key to an American middle class that is built to thrive in the 21st century is women,” Gillibrand said on Monday. “Without a doubt, if given a fair shot, women-owned businesses will help grow our economy.”

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.”