ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Workers at the Belleville Boot Company, in Belleville, Ill., are relieved after the defeat of a bill in Congress that would have changed the definition of a small business and cost the firm its military boot contract. Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says 150 workers at the plant could have faced layoffs if the bill had gone through.
“We worked and managed to get it defeated on the floor by voice vote,” Bost says. “We blocked and didn’t have workers laid off or continue to argue this fight. It’s done.”
The Belleville Boot Company employs 750 people nationwide, but would have been disqualified for the military boot contract under a plan to redefine a small business as 500 employees or less. It has been making boots for the U.S. Military since World War 1.
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