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*UPDATE* Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act passes U.S. House, moves to Senate
Published on 01/18/2019

The Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (H.R. 5044) has recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives, though it has not yet passed the Senate. The bill was introducted by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).

The bill provides that the surviving spouse of the owner of a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) who had less than a 100% disability rating, as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shall, if the spouse retains ownership of the business, be allowed to keep the SDVOSB certification for the purpose of doing business with the VA, being considered the spouse of a 100% disabled veteran until one of three events, those being: the third anniversary of the veteran's death; the surviving spouse remarries; or the surviving spouse relinquishes control of the business.

The bill has been read in the Senate and referred to the Senate's Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

The Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (H.R. 5044, available at ) can be read in full at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5044

UPDATE 1/16/19: Whle H.R. 5044 stalled in the Senate during the prior legislative session, the bill has recently been reintroduced in the House for the current legislative session. Representative Steve Chabot is still sponsoring the bill, which may be read at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/499, and is now H.R. 499. Representative Antonio Delgado (D-NY), who is co-sponsoring, put out a press release at https://delgado.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-antonio-delgado-introduces-first-bill-member-congress-bipartisan-proposal, in which he states support for the bill.

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