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Bush: Provisions in small-biz bill 'constitutionally suspect'

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President Bush opposes new legislation that would update contracting programs for small-business contractors because some provisions raise constitutional concerns. The Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act, introduced by Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, would strengthen and modernize the Small Business Administrations programs and set standards for programs that help firms with contract applications. But the White House says some provisions in the bill are constitutionally suspect. For example, the bill would allow agencies to confine competition for some contracts to women business owners in male-dominated industries


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