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Who’s Down with PPP?

Are you a small business owner who applied for the Paycheck Protection Program? Having trouble accessing funds? Believe it or not, the funding provided for the Paycheck Protection Program that launched in early April is out of money. That’s right, $350 billion in PPP funding ran out in 14 days! 14 days! We are in

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The 2-Yard Line for COVID #3 Aid Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated they are “on the 2-yard line” and expect a deal today on the COVID #3/CARES Act legislation.  One of the remaining sticking points is state and local government aid. Once a deal is released, bill passage will happen quickly, likely within hours. Likewise, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated

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The Stand Off Continues on COVID-3 – Democrats Offer Counter Proposal

The first vote on the CARES Act failed by a vote of 47-47, so negotiations between Republicans and Democrats continue. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) publicly addressed the negotiations on the Senate floor. Leader McConnell blasted Democrats for their partnership and announced his intention to vote this afternoon on

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Trump Administration Efforts to Combat COVID-19

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are not the only ones with ideas to combat the public health crisis and economic crisis created by COVID-19. While negotiations continue on Capitol Hill on the COVID-2/H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Trump Administration is pursuing executive and regulatory actions to address the pandemic. The Trump Administration is

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Fiscal Initiatives to Respond to COVID-19

Proposed policy options to relieve the economic stress caused by COVID-19 are the subject of negotiations by the White House and on lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Some of these options require congressional action, while others require Executive Order/Agency rule-making. The menu of policy options are as follows: Paid Sick Leave PSL is quickly gaining steam,

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