House Passes FY 2018 NDAA

July 18, 2017

On Friday, July 14, in a 344-81 vote, the House passed the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) H.R. 2810, which exceeds President Donald Trump’s $603 billion defense budget request and breaks the $549 billion cap on defense spending set under the 2011 Budget Control Act by about $72 billion. For the funding scheme to work, lawmakers would need to strike a deal to increase or repeal the budget caps. The annual legislation sets policy and spending priorities for the Department of Defense (DoD), and is also commonly the vehicle for including changes to the government contracting/procurement process.

The House-passed NDAA bill includes small business contracting reforms and entrepreneurial development provisions introduced by the House Small Business Committee. Specifically, the NDAA included two House Small Business Committee bills, H.R. 1773, the Clarity for America’s Small Contractors Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and H.R. 1774, the Developing the Next Generation of Small Business Act of 2017, introduced by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.).

Versions of the following bills were also included in the NDAA:

H.R. 1597, the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. David Brat (R-Va.), co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fl.).

H.R. 1640, the Unifying Small Business Terminology Act of 2017, sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.).

H.R. 1693, the Improving Contract Procurement for Small Businesses through More Accurate Reporting Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

H.R. 1702, the Small Business Development Centers Improvements Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), co-sponsored by Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-A.S.) and Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa).

H.R. 1680, the Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.), co-sponsored by Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fl.).

H.R. 1700, the SCORE for Small Business Act of 2017, sponsored by Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.), co-sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.).

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its own NDAA measure (S. 1519) last month but the full Senate has yet to take it up. With the Senate delaying the start of their August recess, passage of the NDAA in the Senate is likely to happen before they adjourn for the remainder of the summer.

NSBA supports transparency and predictability in the federal contracting and procurement process. In addition to providing necessary funding to the Department of Defense, the NDAA has historically been an invaluable catalyst for change in the government contracting and procurement processes and leveling the playing field for small-business contractors. NSBA is pleased that the NDAA bills contains a package of bipartisan, small business federal contracting and entrepreneurial development programs that will be instrumental to small companies.

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