Sunshine State News: Stephanie Murphy Chosen to Lead Democrats on Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee
Despite taking a seat in Congress for the first time last month, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., will be leading Democrats on a U.S. House subcommittee.
On Friday, Murphy was chosen to lead Democrats on the House Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee which is under the umbrella of House Small Business Committee. Murphy was also named to the House Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee which oversees ,Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs. Earlier in the month, Murphy was named to House subcommittees under the Armed Service Committee.
The House Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee is led by U.S. Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., and Murphy is not the only freshman Democrat from the Sunshine State to sit on it. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., is also on it.
According to its website, “the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will assess the federal procurement system, including those programs designed specifically to enhance participation by small businesses in providing goods and services to the federal government," “will examine various programs designed to provide technical assistance to small businesses, whether specifically aimed at federal contractors or small businesses in general" and “will review the broad scope of workforce issues that affect the ability of small businesses to obtain and maintain qualified employees."
The subcommittee oversees federal procurement policies in regards to small businesses, the various programs under the Small Business Act and federal policies impacting the workforce.
Murphy insisted her Central Florida district would benefit from her new assignment.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, which is why I’m proud to fight for them on the Small Business Committee,” said Murphy. “When I worked in the private sector helping companies grow, I saw how important it was to have access to local, state, and federal resources. I also experienced the regulatory obstacles that burden small businesses. As ranking member, I’ll work to expand opportunities and resources to help central Florida businesses compete for federal contracts and to help them retain and recruit skilled employees. Among my top priorities in Congress are to strengthen our middle class and help our economy grow, and this new position will help me do just that for central Florida.”
Murphy defeated U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who had served in Congress for 24 years, back in November in a major upset. She is a top Republican target in 2018 and two members of the state Legislature--Rep. Bob Cortes and Sen. David Simmons--have garnered attention as possible challengers.