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Titles (8)

Short Titles

Short Titles as Enacted

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008

Other Short Titles

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2007

Short Titles as Passed House for portions of this bill
  • National Reservist Enterprise Transition and Sustainability Act of 2007

Short Titles as Introduced

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2007

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • National Reservist Enterprise Transition and Sustainability Act of 2007

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2007

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To improve and expand small business assistance programs for veterans of the armed forces and military reservists, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (8)

Date
02/14/2008Became Public Law No: 110-186. (TXT | PDF)
02/14/2008Signed by President.
02/07/2008Presented to President.
01/31/2008Resolving differences -- Senate actions: Senate agreed to House amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S555-559; text as Senate agreed to House amendment: CR S556-558)
01/16/2008Resolving differences -- House actions: House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment pursuant to H. Res. 921.(consideration: CR H44-45)
12/19/2007Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate in lieu of S.1784 with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/06/2007Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 - 2 (Roll no. 1138).(text: CR 12/5/2007 H14218-14221)
12/04/2007Introduced in House

All Actions (22)

Date Chamber
02/14/2008Became Public Law No: 110-186. (TXT | PDF)
02/14/2008Signed by President.
02/07/2008HousePresented to President.
02/04/2008SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
01/31/2008SenateSenate agreed to House amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S555-559; text as Senate agreed to House amendment: CR S556-558)
01/22/2008SenateMessage on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate amendment.
01/16/2008-12:29pmHouseHouse agreed to Senate amendment with amendment pursuant to H. Res. 921. (consideration: CR H44-45)
12/20/2007SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
12/19/2007SenateSee also S.1784.
12/19/2007SenatePassed Senate in lieu of S.1784 with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
12/19/2007SenateSenate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 1784 amended.
12/19/2007SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S15952)
12/07/2007SenateReceived in the Senate, read twice.
12/06/2007-1:03pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/06/2007-1:03pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 407 - 2 (Roll no. 1138). (text: CR 12/5/2007 H14218-14221)
12/06/2007-12:55pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H14269-14270)
12/05/2007-5:10pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
12/05/2007-4:51pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4253.
12/05/2007-4:51pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H14218-14223)
12/05/2007-4:50pmHouseMs. Velazquez moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
12/04/2007HouseReferred to the House Committee on Small Business.
12/04/2007HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (3)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-13]* 12/04/2007
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-12]* 12/04/2007
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]* 12/04/2007

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Small Business12/04/2007 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Public Law No: 110-186 (02/14/2008)

Military Reservist and Veteran Small Business Reauthorization and Opportunity Act of 2008 - Title I: Veterans Business Development - (Sec. 101) Increases funding (with an offset), for FY2008-FY2009, for the Office of Veterans Business Development of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Expresses the sense of Congress that excess amounts for such Office should be used to support veterans business outreach centers.

(Sec. 102) Amends the Small Business Act to direct the President to establish an interagency task force to coordinate federal efforts to improve capital and business development opportunities for, and ensure achievement of the pre-established federal contracting goals for, small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans and veterans.

(Sec. 103) Extends permanently the SBA's Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs.

(Sec. 104) Directs the SBA's Associate Administrator for Veterans Business Development to: (1) ensure that veterans business outreach centers regularly participate in the workshops of the transition assistance program of the Department of Labor; and (2) compile information on existing resources available to women veterans for business training. Allows a veterans business outreach center to provide grants to entities to make presentations on opportunities available from the SBA for recently separating or separated veterans. Requires implementation reports from the Associate Administrator to Congress.

(Sec. 105) Increases the number of veterans business outreach centers by at least two for each of FY2008 and FY2009, and by the number considered appropriate by the Administrator for each fiscal year thereafter.

(Sec. 106) Requires the Administrator to: (1) sponsor an independent study on gaps in the availability of veterans business outreach centers across the United States; and (2) report to Congress on study results.

(Sec. 107) Authorizes a small business development center to apply for a grant to carry out a veterans assistance and services program to: (1) promote awareness of the services of the center that are available to veterans; (2) use online counseling and distance learning technology to overcome impediments to entrepreneurship faced by veterans and members of the Armed Forces; and (3) increase coordination among organizations that assist veterans.

Title II: Reservist Programs - (Sec. 201) Extends the date by which a small business that has suffered or is likely to suffer substantial economic injury as the result of an essential employee being called or ordered to active duty may apply to the SBA for a disaster loan to one year (current law allows 90 days) after the essential employee is discharged or released from such duty. Authorizes the Administrator, when considered appropriate, to extend such period by up to one additional year. Directs the Administrator to: (1) establish a loan pre-consideration process for loans to small businesses with key employee reservists; and (2) develop an outreach and technical assistance program with respect to loans and grants made to small businesses employing such reservists. Requires a semiannual report from the Administrator to Congress on the status of the outreach and technical assistance program.

(Sec. 202) Requires the Administrator and the Secretary of Defense to develop a joint website and printed materials providing information regarding any program for small businesses that is available to veterans or reservists. Authorizes the Administrator to advertise and market SBA reservist programs.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes the Administrator to make noncollateralized small business loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses suffering the loss of essential employee reservists.

(Sec. 204) Directs the Administrator to give a priority to loan applications involving essential employee reservists.

(Sec. 205) Provides relief from SBA time limits in the case of loans made to small businesses owned and controlled by veterans: (1) called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001; or (2) who became service-disabled due to an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active duty on or after such date. Extends such relief for the period in which the veteran served on active duty. Makes such relief inapplicable to programs subject to the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.

(Sec. 206) Directs the Comptroller General (CG) to report to the small business committees on types of assistance needed by service-disabled veterans who wish to become entrepreneurs.

(Sec. 207) Requires the CG to: (1) study options for promoting positive working relations between employers and their reservist employees; and (2) report study results to the defense and small business committees.

(Sec. 208) Directs the Administrator to establish and carry out a two-year pilot program under which the Administrator shall reduce by 50% the fees for loans made to small businesses owned and controlled by veterans or reservists (veteran participation loans). Authorizes the Administrator to waive the fee reduction in certain cases. Requires a pilot program report from the CG to the small business committees.