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Below is a sample letter AIA components can use to request a meeting with their Senator to discuss the Small Business Protection Act.



Dear Senator <insert name>:

O n behalf of the XX members of AIA-[State], I am writing to request a meeting with you in August about important small business legislation.

H.R. 3987, the Small Business Protection Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the House to provide small businesses, like those that employ thousands of AIA members, with protection from arbitrary changes to small business size standards by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2011 the SBA proposed a 400-percent increase in the architecture size standards, which would have redefined 98 percent of U.S. architecture firms as small businesses.

Although strong opposition from the architecture community prompted the SBA to abandon their plan, there is no guarantee that they will not propose a similar increase in the future, and in fact have suggested they may soon revisit the standard.

H.R. 3987 would prevent the SBA from increasing size standards by such a large and arbitrary amount. This bill passed, with bipartisan support, in the House of Representatives as a part of the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. However, the applicable language did not make it into the Senate’s companion defense authorization bill, S. 3254.

I am concerned that a massive increase in size standards such as the SBA proposed will hurt many firms’ ability to qualify for federal jobs or for valuable small business loans. Therefore, a group of AIA members would like to meet with you during August to discuss the issue and how you can help advance H.R. 3987 in the Senate.

Please contact me at [phone] or via e-mail at [email] with any questions. Thank you for your consideration of this request.


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