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Statement of Women Impacting Public Policy on Budget Deal

Wednesday, October 16, 2013  
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Statement of Women Impacting Public Policy on Budget Deal

October 16, 2013

We are pleased to see Congress come together to open the federal government and avert a debt crisis.  The actions of Congress in the past three weeks wreaked havoc on women-owned businesses with contracts in the private and public sector.

Our members testified before Congress that they incurred costs they will never recoup as a result of the shutdown.  With the economy teetering its way toward recovery, actions such as the government shutdown adversely affect many small businesses in many industries – not just government contractors.

Small government contractors have been hit especially hard.  Business owners have scrambled to secure additional lines of credit, asking their employees to share in the sacrifice of work without pay.  An irony not lost on us is that these women-owned businesses were asked to carry the federal government’s obligations because Congress would not.

Although we are grateful that the government reopened and a debt crisis averted, we are less enthusiastic about the length of the agreement.  Women-owned businesses cannot make prudent business decisions based on three-month agreements.  WIPP calls for Congress to bring long-term stability in federal funding.  With the Budget Control Act spending limits in place, it should not be difficult to execute responsible government spending. 

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