As a longtime small business owner, I understand that family businesses and farms are the lifeblood of our Upstate economy.–Rep. Tenney
S. 1617 — “To modify the requirements for the Administrator of the Small Business Administration relating to declaring a disaster in a rural area, and for other purposes.”
S. 1687 — “To amend section 21 of the Small Business Act to require cyber certification for small business development center counselors, and for other purposes.”
H.R. 8844 — “To reauthorize the State Trade Expansion Program of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.”
The three bills were passed as a package (en bloc) with one vote. As the vote was heavily in favor, one supposes all three would have passed, if voted on individually.
Rep. Tenney’s Explanation
I voted “Yes” on Suspensions En Bloc. This package included bills such as S. 1617, the Disaster Assistance for Rural Communities Act, H.R. 8844, the STEP Improvement Act, and S.1687, the Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act. These bills will roll back bureaucratic red tape in disaster response, strengthen the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to support small business exports, and improve cybersecurity training for small businesses. This En Bloc passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 380-46.
No New York representative voted against the package.
H.R. 1617 was considered separately on Dec. 8; it passed 406 to 8.