NEWS: Murphy Amendment to Grow High-Tech Small Businesses Passes in NDAA
Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act with Murphy amendment approved by House today in bipartisan vote
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., authored an amendment to assist small businesses and successfully included it in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives today in a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. Murphy’s amendment to create jobs and spur economic activity by connecting high-tech small businesses with growth opportunities passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.
Murphy’s amendment links small businesses to federal programs to conduct research and development that is in the national interest and has the potential for commercialization. Specifically, the measure authorizes Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, established under a program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency, to assist small business owners in pursuing funding opportunities during all phases of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
“Central Florida will benefit even more from the STTR and SBIR programs since it is home to an increasing number of small firms that harness the power of technology to produce innovative products and services,” said Murphy. “My amendment will create well-paying jobs and generate economic growth by ensuring that small firms get the assistance they need to access federal grants and contracts. As a member of both the Armed Services and Small Business committees, I'll continue to find ways to strengthen our national security and create well-paying jobs for central Florida.”
Murphy’s amendment was endorsed by the National Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and by the Florida Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. The measure is the latest success she has had in shaping the NDAA to benefit central Florida. When the NDAA was being considered earlier this month by the House Armed Services Committee she included a number of provisions in the bill to support central Florida’s thriving modeling, simulation, and training industry and its growing cybersecurity industry. For a list of those provisions, click here.
To view Rep. Murphy’s speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of her amendment, click here.
###U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.