Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cao Legislation Would Help Non-Profits

July 28, 2010
Contact: Taylor Henry
(202) 821-5063 or (202) 225-3117

Cao Legislation Would Help Non-Profits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao (LA-02) introduced a measure that would make government discount prices for supplies and services available to disaster relief and recovery organizations such as the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

The proposal would grant those organizations access to the federal government's General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules Program. Under that program, the GSA establishes long-term, government-wide contracts with commercial vendors providing more than 11 million supplies and services to government agencies at volume discount pricing.

Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took up the proposed Federal Supply Schedules Usage Act (S. 2868), a bill that would grant the American Red Cross access to the GSA price discount schedules. During the hearing, Cao offered an Amendment to extend the same access to other qualified disaster relief and recovery organizations, such as Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Under the Cao amendment, the GSA Administrator, in consultation with the FEMA Administrator ,would determine whether or not an organization is "qualified."

The committee approved Cao's amendment and sent S. 2868 to the full House for final consideration.

Cao said, "No one is more keenly aware than the people of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish of how important disaster relief and recovery organizations are in a crisis. Organizations such as Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross were there for us during Katrina and other storms as well as the oil spill. We want to show our appreciation and respect for the work that they do, and assist them in every way possible. This amendment is one way of providing that support."



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