Senator Tester Promotes Equal Footing For Small Business


by Steve Fetveit

Montana Senator Jon Tester says he is determined to level a business playing field that appears to favor big business in big cities.  Today, according to Tester’s office, the senator introduced legislation to give small businesses a fair shot at competing for federal contracts and creating jobs in Montana.

The senator’s bill would give equal footing to small business bidding for government contracts by brteaking up large contracts into smaller, more manageable projects… require agencies to indicate exactly what they’re looking for in subjective components of a project and require the General Services Administration to enforce agreements to hire local subcontractors.

“All too often, when the government is contracting out work, we see the bigger firms at the head of the pack, competing for—and winning—the biggest contracts,”  Tester said.  “As we continue creating jobs for folks in Montana, this bill will give our smaller companies the tools they need to get some skin in the game.”