August 2, 2000 |
Contract "bundling" remains a hot topic on Capitol Hill, where House legislators have introduced a slew of bills to help ensure that small businesses aren't squeezed out of the roughly $200-billion federal contracting market. A report released last month by Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.
May 6, 1994 |
Three members of Congress were arrested Thursday in front of the White House in a protest against the U.S. policy of forcibly returning Haitian refugees. Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) and Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.) were handcuffed and taken into custody for refusing a police order to move. They were later released. The three were protesting the U.S.
January 23, 2002 |
A 14-page report to be released today by Democratic members of the House Small Business Committee blasts the Bush administration and congressional leaders for giving short shrift to small-business issues during the most recent congressional session. "The new administration and congressional leadership ... proved to be the best friend big business ever had," says the report, to be released by Nydia M. Velazquez of New York, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
November 14, 2002 |
President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a bill reaffirming -- with a slap at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto. Bush signed the bill without comment. It reinforces support for the words "under God" in the pledge, and for "In God we trust" as the national motto. The bill was approved unanimously in the Senate and drew just five no votes in the House.
September 13, 2000 |
Looking to court women voters in an election year, the Clinton administration this week took the wraps off two federal initiatives aimed at helping women business owners secure a greater share of federal contracts. WomenBiz.gov (http://www.womenbiz.gov) is a new online procurement site to help female entrepreneurs navigate the bureaucratic maze of government contracting.
January 15, 2003 |
Large companies are improperly getting billions of dollars in government contracts meant for small business, a preliminary investigation by the General Accounting Office has found. Although the GAO inquiry is not complete, agency officials have advised staffers with the House Committee on Small Business that the amount of improperly awarded contracts is in the "billions of dollars," Wendy Belzer, a spokeswoman for Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.