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Coronavirus Policy Advocacy and Government Response

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping American businesses respond to the coronavirus so they can support their employees, customers, and communities. 

Our members and the state and local chambers, who are on the front lines of this pandemic, need us now more than ever to help them through this temporary but significant disruption. We will continue working every day to help our country’s people, businesses, and economy weather this storm and emerge stronger—just as we have at other challenging times in our nation’s history. 


Working with Congress

The U.S. Chamber is working with both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate to promote policies that will  help businesses stay open and pay their employees, reduce the potential of future layoffs, and ensure more hardworking Americans have access to their paychecks.   

CARES Act

March 26  
The Chamber applauded Senate passage of the CARES Act, and urges the House to act to immediately pass the legislation to help businesses stay open and pay their employees, reduce the potential of future layoffs, and ensure more hardworking Americans have access to their paychecks. 

“The CARES Act could make the difference between keeping a business up and running or being forced to reduce salaries, layoff employees, or shutter businesses entirely,” Donohue said. 

The Chamber is keeping the pressure on to ensure that American businesses are able to stay open and keep their workers on the payroll. Importantly, the bill includes three bold provisions that the Chamber has been strongly advocating including: 

•  $350 billion in loans for small businesses  

•  Delayed payroll tax payments to boost liquidity  

•  $500 billion in federally backed loans and loan guarantees for midsize and large businesses. 

 

Read more


How Small Business will Benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit 

Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans 

COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide 

March 23U.S. Chamber Supports CARES Act to Keep Workers on the Job, Businesses Open 

March 23U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! Letter on the CARES Act 

March 22U.S. Chamber Urges Immediate Adoption of Legislation to Help Workers, Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus 

March 20U.S. Chamber Letter on the CARES Act 


VIDEO: Clip of Tom Speaking on CNBC on the CARES Act: March 25, 2000彩登录 

•  Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and sick leave for businesses with less than 500 employees.  

•  Free testing for COVID-19.  

•  Expand federal funding of Medicaid. 

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Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation on June 10 for Culture Matters, the second conversation in a 3-part series on building inclusive culture in times of crisis.

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