businesses are at a disadvantage under current regulations, Walsh
commits to removing unnecessary hurdle.
SENATE)Senator John Walsh demanded the repeal of a provision
of the National Defense Authorization Act that puts tribally-owned
businesses at a disadvantage.
Walsh signed a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee
requesting the repeal of a provision that negatively impacts tribal
businesses. Montana Senator Jon Tester also signed the letter. In
2010, Congress included section 811 in the National Defense Authorization
Act that requires a separate justification and approval be provided
to tribal small business owners when a contract is awarded to any
contractor in excess of $20 million. Since December 2012, there
has been a 60 percent decline in these contracts to tribal businesses.
This regulation is a barrier to doing business with tribally-owned
businesses that provide essential services and support good-paying
jobs, Walsh said. Were working to cut costly out-of-control
overseas service contracts so that we can make smart investments
that promote businesses here at home."
Tribes have stated that the number of available contracts has
continued to decline since the National Defense Authorization installed
the $20 million cap.
Last week, Walsh announced the CUTS Act to reduce the national
debt and eliminate waste in the Defense Department by reducing service
contracts back to pre-Iraq War levels. Taxpayers have spent more
than $2 trillion on service contracts since 2002, driven by an increase
in overseas contracts.