COVID-19 Federal Updates: April 1
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
Everything you and your business need to know about federal coronavirus response efforts for April 1, 2020.
On Tuesday afternoon, GCP advocacy received information from the U.S. Department of Treasury via NE Ohio Congressional delegation members regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. For your reference, GCP has posted guidelines and borrower applications here and included links below to the appropriate U.S. Treasury website.
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply.
Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.
We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.
For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
The sample application for borrowers can be found HERE
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided additional guidance regarding the $10,000 forgivable loan advance in accordance with the CARES Act. To be eligible for the $10,000 forgivable loan advance, businesses need to complete the new application that launched March 30 even if they have already competed one of the prior versions of the application or if the business has already been declined for a loan. If you wish to apply for the advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster to fill out a new, streamlined application.
The United States this morning reported at least 189,633 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and 911 additional deaths in the last 24 hours.
The President approved Ohio’s request for a disaster designation, allowing Ohio to take advantage of emergency federal money.
The President called for $2 trillion in new public works programs, appearing to back an idea promoted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Federal policymakers in both parties also framed infrastructure as a strategy for creating jobs amid mass layoffs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is skeptical of the House Democratic plan.
In a letter to the President, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown is suggesting extra money for workers at a variety of other “essential businesses,” to compensate them for their dedication. He also said it should be “retroactive from the beginning of the public health emergency and last for its duration” and be made available to part-time workers and independent contractors, for hours worked and provided in their regular paychecks. The Senator is urging these provisions, what he’s calling “Pandemic Premium Pay", to be included in the next coronavirus emergency stimulus and offer time and a half wages to doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, building cleaners, letter carriers, and transit workers.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman is working to lift tariffs implemented by the administration on several Chinese-made packaging parts that Akron-based Gojo Industries uses in the pumps that dispense its Purell brand hand sanitizer – an item that is in heavy demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced they’ll lower fuel efficiency standards for passenger vehicles set during the Obama administration.
Last week, the third coronavirus-related package was approved by Congress and the President signed the legislation. GCP crafted a short two-page summary of the legislation, which can be found here.
USA.gov is cataloging all U.S. government activities related to coronavirus. From actions on health and safety to travel, immigration, and transportation to education, find pertinent actions here. Each Federal Agency has also established a dedicated coronavirus website, where you can find important information and guidance. They include: Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Education (DoED), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of the Treasury (USDT), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).