COVID-19 Mid-week Updates and Information
COVID-19 Mid-week Updates and Information
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President Trump Signs Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Into Law
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law. This bipartisan legislation will provide flexibility for small businesses who have utilized PPP loans. Specifically, this legislation extends the period businesses can utilize funds and receive forgiveness to 24 weeks, allows a greater portion of the loan to be utilized on non-payroll expenses, ensures access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans, and provides flexibility on employment level requirements and loan maturity. This legislation was overwhelmingly supported and passed in the House. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday, clearing it for the President’s signature. This was a top priority of our North Country seasonal businesses who need greater flexibility to recover and I fought hard to deliver this result. It is good news for our region that President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law last week. I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation, and I have been an outspoken supporter of greater flexibility for PPP loans that have provided immediate relief to our small businesses throughout the last several months. I have worked with the SBA and U.S. Treasury directly to provide clarity and make changes to this program, and I am fully supportive of the new flexibilities that this bill will provide. Our small businesses will greatly benefit from the implementation of this legislation. I will continue to advocate for real solutions for our North Country business owners as they reopen and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.
Celebrating Saranac Graduates
On Saturday, I was proud to participate in a graduation car parade celebrating Saranac Central School graduates. While the end of their senior year may not have gone as planned, the accomplishments of Saranac Central graduates to go unnoticed. I joined the parade alongside firefighters from the Saranac, Cadyville, Morrisonville and Dannemora fire departments, members of the New York State Police, Customs and Border Protection, and Assemblyman Billy Jones. I want to extend my congratulations to all of our NY-21 graduates. We are so proud of your resilience, dedication, and hard work!
Cosponsoring the Great American Outdoors Act
I am cosponsoring the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation that supports the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support the nearly $22 billion backlog of deferred maintenance projects on federal lands and also makes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanent. This bill is the House companion legislation to the Great American Outdoors Act introduced in the Senate (S. 3422) by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-C0) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). This important legislation will not only restore our national park and public lands, preserve our natural landscape, and protection recreation areas, but it will also create jobs in our communities. As House Co-chair of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, I have been a longtime supporter of permanently authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as the Restore Our Parks Act, which are both included in this bill. President Trump has called on Congress to pass this legislation, and I am very encouraged by the Senate moving this forward and a House companion bill gaining strong bipartisan support. I will continue to work to protect our natural and historic areas that are so important to the North Country. Read more here.
Encouraging Census Participation
If you have not already, be sure to fill out your 2020 Census. The census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into our communities, including NY-21, which will directly fund our police departments, firefighters, schools and more. In mid-April, the Census Bureau began mailing the paper questionnaire to homes that have not yet responded online or by phone. If you receive mail through a P.O. Box, the Census Bureau will not be able to send you a response form, as they require your physical address to count you at the place where you live. Only a complete street address will help the Bureau accurately count you in the right place. If you cannot receive mail at your home, a Census Bureau worker may deliver a questionnaire, leave information about responding, or interview you. You can complete the census online at my2020census.gov. You can also call the Census Bureau at (844)-330-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to keep all of your reported information confidential. Visit my website here for more information.
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