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NECA Legislative Top Three 12/13/19: NECA Contractor Helps Secure Win for Small Businesses

Dec 12, 2019

1. NECA Wins in NDAA

On December 11, 2019, the Senate and House of Representatives approved and passed the conference report to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, a large authorizing bill of almost 3,500 pages. This legislation contained numerous wins for NECA in the contracting space, most notably, the accelerating of payments to small business concerns, the reauthorization of the Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program, and the requiring of post-award explanations on unsuccessful IDIQ contract bids.  

NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA is pleased with the initial review of this legislation and will continue to determine how the legislative reforms of this bill will affect our contractors and their businesses. This bill is the result of extremely hard-fought educational efforts and wins by our contractors participating in the process both in-district and on Capitol Hill. 

2. NECA Opposes Bill to Raise Top Tax Rate for Pass-Throughs

On December 11, 2019, the House Ways and Means Committee held a legislative markup of H.R. 5306, the Know Your Social Security Act, and the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act.

NECA’s Look Ahead: NECA, as a member of the Main Street Employers coalition, sent a letter to the committee strongly opposing the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act. This bill would raise the top tax rate applied to pass-through business income. A full analysis of the legislation can be found here

3. NECA Contractor Brian Morales Helps Implement Small Business Runway Extension Act

Brian Morales of Pro-Cal Lighting, a member of the NECA San Diego Chapter, testified before the House Small Business Committee earlier this year on several issues impacting his business, but one solution he offered was changing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) calculation of annual revenues used to prescribe size standards for small businesses from a three-year averaging period to a five-year averaging period. SBA announced this week that effective January 6, 2020, the calculation will be based on a five-year period instead of three. 

 NECA’s Look Ahead: You can read a transcript of Brian’s testimony here, where he outlines the benefits of this legislation, allowing businesses greater continuity and eliminating the effects of a fluctuating market.