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Legislation Introduced to Reauthorize Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise

Monday, March 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Berry
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On March 5, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise Act of 2020 (S. 3406), to reauthorize a federal interagency committee that helps coordinate federal resources to encourage the formation, growth and success of women-owned businesses.

 

The ICWBE was established in 1979 and its work was critical to the efforts of several federal agencies and departments to develop policies to assist women business owners. The Interagency Committee was maintained through both Democratic and Republican administrations, but has been inactive since 2000 with no chairperson to operate it. The efforts to better coordinate federal resources are critical to make sure that women entrepreneurs receive the assistance they need to help start and grow their business enterprise.

 

On February 28, WIPP sent a letter of support to Sen. Duckworth prior to the introduction of the bill. Read Sen. Duckworth's full press release.


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