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Chamber Signs on to AWB Letter to Senator Murray - Requesting Action on Economic Recovery For Businesses
Posted by Erica Dial
Our Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce has joined other Chambers in the State and signed a letter that was transmitted Wednesday to Senator Murray with Association of Washington Business and the Grassroots Alliance as seen below:
On behalf of the nearly 7,000 members of the Association of Washington Business, and the thousands of additional businesses represented by the undersigned organizations, we write today to ask for your help and for your leadership in Congress to take action to on the economic recovery for business in our state. The attached letter outlines the recommendations for your consideration.
November 25, 2020
The Honorable Patty Murray
Washington State Senate
154 Russell Office Senate Bldg
Washington DC 20510
Dear Sen. Murray:
As Americans continue to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, it is clear this is not only an
unprecedented public health emergency but also an economic crisis unlike any we have previously
Washington state employers and employees were helped with $2.6 billion of economic recovery
through the first round of Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CAREs Act) funding.
Without immediate additional action from our nation’s leaders, we fear the consequences — especially
for small and medium-sized businesses — will be dire.
In Washington state we continue to calculate the impact; thousands of businesses closed, 145,000
unemployed, 134,000 hospitalizations and 2,600 deaths, the long-term impact is incalculable and
growing more critical by the day without support from the federal government. This is an
unprecedented moment in our state’s and our nation’s history, and it will require an extraordinary
response from our elected officials.
On behalf of the nearly 7,000 members of the Association of Washington Business, and the thousands of
additional businesses represented by the undersigned organizations, we write today to ask for your help
and for your leadership in Congress to do the following things:
1. Provide additional CARES Act funding and extend the state and local government spending
deadlines for original CARES Act funding.
2. Reauthorize the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allow previous recipients to apply for a
second loan, and create a streamlined process for PPP forgiveness. Currently, the SBA is using a
streamlined process for PPP loans under $50,000. Congress should extend the streamlined
process requirement to loans under $150,000.
3. Expansion of eligible borrowers to include all non-profits including 501(c)(6) organizations with
no more than 300 employees as long as PPP funds are not used for lobbying.
4. Stabilize the state’s unemployment Insurance benefits systems by:
a. Strengthen state Unemployment Insurance trust funds and support Washington
businesses financing unemployment benefits.
b. Allow states to waive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) overpayments.
c. Maintain current federal unemployment programs without large-scale changes and
ensure ample time to implement any changes.
d. Eliminate sequestration for federally financed unemployment Extended Benefits.
e. Provide for interest free federal loans and grants to backfill the state UI trust fund.
5. Support the state’s childcare industry, which will provide care for children whose parents are
able to return to work and those who continue to provide service on the frontlines of our
healthcare system, by increasing funding to the Child Care & Development Block Grant program.
6. Extend the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) authorization and provide previous recipients
the opportunity to apply for a second loan.
7. Provide additional funding and support for those industries, such as aerospace, energy, and
leisure/hospitality/tourism, that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
We look forward to sharing with you more detailed recommendations on a wide-ranging set of policy
proposals to work towards the economic recovery of Washington state. Until then, Washington’s
employer community will continue to work side-by-side with elected leaders and public health officials
to quell the coronavirus and protect the health and welfare of workers, their families, and communities
Time is of the essence. Washington state employers and employees need you to act. We stand ready to
work with you to ensure Washington state returns to its position as a global economic leader.
Association of Washington Business
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce
Covington Chamber of Commerce
Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce
Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.
Greater Spokane Incorporated
Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce
Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce
Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce
Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce
Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce
Moses Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce
Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce
Pullman Chamber of Commerce
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce
Silverdale Chamber of Commerce
Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce