Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Contact your Senators today and urge them to reauthorize SBIR!

Now that the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has approved an SBIR reauthorization bill (S. 3362) the important steps are to secure full Senate and then House approval, so it can be sent to the President for signing into law. S. 3362's reauthorizing language offers an acceptable compromise (from the radical changes that we opposed in HR. 5819) that many of us who advocate for small business causes can support. Remember, without congressional action, the SBIR Program will expire at the end of September.

One way you can help is to encourage (dare I say demand) that your Senators support (and even co-sponsor) S. 3362 when they return from recess in September. The SBTC and NSBA have joined in providing a template letter that you can edit if you wish, and have sent sent over your signature to both Senators from your State. Please take a few minutes today to send this letter.

I sent it off this morning to both Texas Senators. With the NSBA's template it's painless and easy! Just do it! Get it done!

It's also effective to call your Senators' DC offices (ask for their "Small Business Legislative Aide") to urge their support and co-sponsorship of S. 3362. The Capitol Switchboard number is
(202) 224-3121.

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