Hurd Continues Support for Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses

January 9, 2020
Press Release
‘Americans of all backgrounds deserve access to education and opportunities – and these bills do just that.’

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) joined his colleagues in passing several bipartisan bills yesterday to support the more than 30 million small businesses across our nation and help those who are transitioning from being incarcerated back into civilian life in becoming entrepreneurs.

Last night the House passed:

·      The Prison to Proprietorship Act (H.R. 5078), which offers a second chance by allowing those who are incarcerated to enroll in entrepreneurial counseling;

·      The Prison to Proprietorship for Formerly Incarcerated Act (H.R. 5065), which provides resources to offer mentorship programs through the Small Business Administration to previously interned individuals; and,

·      The Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act (H.R. 5146), which levels the playing field by incentivizing small business to compete for government contracts and ensuring they are not disadvantaged against sizable corporations.

“99.8 percent of businesses in the state of Texas are small businesses, and they employ roughly 4.6 million hardworking Texans. I was proud to support these bipartisan measures that level the playing field for entrepreneurs and aide other small businesses in competing with larger firms for government contracts,” said Hurd. “These bipartisan bills also continue the progress we’ve made with criminal justice reform through the First Step Act by providing entrepreneurial counseling to prisoners and former inmates as they transition back to civilian life. Americans of all backgrounds deserve access to education and opportunities—and these bills do just that.”