Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, attached the provision to the appropriations bill. It reverses a TSA exemption to the Small Business Act that had been in effect since the agency was formed following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“By every account, TSA has abused procurement privileges granted in the aftermath of Sept. 11,” Kerry wrote in a press release. “As a result, capable, qualified small businesses are left out of the federal procurement process.
“When it comes to ensuring that America’s small businesses receive the opportunities they need to grow and succeed, it's time to bring the Bush administration in check. That starts today at TSA,” he wrote.