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NEWS: Reps. Murphy, Brat, and Knight Introduce Bipartisan Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act

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Washington, March 17, 2017 | comments

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, introduced H.R. 1597, the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017. Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, also joined as an original cosponsor. This legislation will give a clear job description to Commercial Marketing Representatives at the Small Business Administration and help small businesses better compete for subcontracts.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy said, “The federal government spends about $500 billion a year on federal contracts for goods and services, and Congress must ensure our nation’s small businesses have a fair shot at federal contracts and subcontracts. I’m proud to join Congressman Brat in introducing this bipartisan bill so small businesses have the resources and information they need to be competitive in federal contracting – allowing them to grow their business and their local economy. As a Member of the House Small Business Committee and as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, I’ll continue to fight for small businesses in central Florida and across our country.”

“We must work to ensure Commercial Marketing Representatives (CMRs) require prime contractors comply with subcontracting requirements. All too often small businesses are unable to compete for subcontracts because they are not marketed by CMRs to prime contractors,” said Rep. Dave Brat. “Our small businesses and their entrepreneurial spirit are the backbone of economic growth in our country. I look forward to working in a bipartisan manner with my colleagues on the House Small Business Committee to pass this important clarifying legislative language to ensure small businesses can continue to provide value goods and services to Americans.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and it is imperative that we reduce barriers to accessing contracting opportunities,” said Rep. Knight. “I applaud Representatives Brat and Murphy for introducing this bipartisan measure that would provide clarity for our Commercial Market Representatives as they help our small business compete for subcontracts.”

The text of the bill can be found here.


U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. 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.

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