Thursday, September 29, 2022

S 4900 Passed in House – SBIR Reauthorization

 Today, the House passed S 4900, the SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 by a strongly bipartisan vote of 415 to 9. The bill was debated yesterday under the House suspension of the rules process. The debate (pgs H8132-6) lasted an unusual 32 minutes (20 minutes allotted), but not a single voice was raised in opposition to the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR).

The bill reauthorizes the two Small Business Administration programs through 2025. . A number of changes were made to the programs to prohibit the programs’ awarding funds to companies receiving significant support from the Chinese government. There is one minor cybersecurity provision in the bill. The bill was passed in the Senate without debate under the unanimous consent process.

The bill now goes to the President for signature. It will probably be signed this weekend.

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