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Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).

The Heroes Small Business Lifeline Act

introduced in the Senate 10/20/20

The HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act is a comprehensive package of small business assistance from HEROES 2.0 that would provide a broad mix of relief and investment by, among other things, extending and improving the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The bill extends PPP through March2021; provides a second PPP for the hardest-hit small businesses and nonprofits; expands eligibility to ensure that all nonprofits, regardless of size and type, critical access hospitals, and local news media can participate; simplifies the forgiveness process; and repeals the requirement of deducting an EIDL advance from the PPP forgiveness amount.

Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Michael F.Q. San Nicolas (D-Guam), Debra Haaland (D-NM), Jim Cooper (D-TN) Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), and Joe Morelle (D-NY)

H.R. 8430 (The Culture, Arts, Libraries, and Museums Emergency Relief (CALMER) Act) introduced in the House 9/29/20

Expands the Paycheck Protection Program to include all 501(c) nonprofit organizations, encourages charitable giving, and provides emergency relief funding to the arts and culture nonprofit community.

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)

H.R. 925 (HEROES 2.0) Passed House 10/1/20 Narrower version of the previously passed HEROES Act

Multiple Senate Republicans

Package of 8 bills known collectively as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act (HEALS) Act


Introduced in the Senate the week of 7/27/20; no floor action

SAFE TO WORK ACT (related to liability protections)

AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND EMPLOYERS ASSISTANCE ACT (related to unemployment insurance and Medicare/Medicaid flexibilities)

CONTINUING SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY AND PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM ACT (partially extends the Paycheck Protection Program for some businesses)

SAFELY BACK TO SCHOOL AND BACK TO WORK ACT (related to testing, PPE, and educational protocols)

TRUST ACT  (Creates congressional “rescue committees” to address America’s endangered federal trust funds, including the Social Security, Highway, and Medicare trust funds)


SUPPORTING AMERICA’S RESTAURANT WORKERS ACT (Temporarily increases the business meal deduction from 50% to 100%)


Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Mark Takano (D-CA), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act passed House 5/15/20 Coronavirus relief legislation
Sen. Ron Wyden D-OR/Rep. Kim Schrier D-WA The Emergency Funding for Child Protection Act (S. 3660/H.R. 6838) introduced 5/7/20 and 5/12/20 $500M in emergency funding for local child protective services and $1M for community-based child abuse prevention programs
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Jumpstarting Our Businesses’ Success Credit (JOBS Credit) Act of 2020 provisions included in HEROES Act calls for expanding the employee retention tax credit in the current CARES Act in efforts to help reduce layoffs
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) Help Charities Protect Communities Act draft adds forgivable loans for nonprofits with over 500 employees to the mid-sized lending program created under the CARES Act

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX)


Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI)/Rep. Linda Sanchez

The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010)


WORK NOW Act S. 3747; H.R. 7495


Signed into law 6/5/20


introduced 5/15/20

Extends the period of time recipients of Paycheck Protection Program funds have to spend the funds and still qualify for forgiveness from 8 to 24 weeks. The bill would also modify the current requirement put in place by the Treasury Department that 75% of the funds be spent directly on payroll, instead requiring only 60%.  


grants the Treasury Department authority to distribute block grants to more than 1,000 state and local governments, which would in turn dispatch those grants to nonprofits

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) Pandemic Responder Service Award Act (S. 3763) introduced 5/19/20 legislation to reward front-line health care workers who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with funding for loan forgiveness, higher education or personal savings.
Reps. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and Troy Balderson (R-OH)  H.R. 7216 (small business PPE tax credit act) introduced 6/15/20

This legislation would provide a payroll tax credit of up to $25k for small business/small nonprofit orgs purchasing PPE

Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Universal Giving Pandemic Response Act introduced 6/23/20

expands “the current above-the-line deduction for charitable giving made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March.” The bill would:

  • Ensure that Americans who donate to charities, houses of worship, religious organizations, and other nonprofits are able to deduct that donation from their federal taxes at a higher level than the current $300 deduction.
  • Specifically, the bill would make available—for tax years 2019 and 2020—an above-the-line deduction for charitable giving on federal income taxes valued at up to one-third of the standard deduction (around $4,000 for an individual filer and $8,000 for married joint filers).”
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) Jobs for Economic Recovery Act introduced 6/30/20

calling for 6 months of funding for jobs, specifying grants to nonprofits, and including a provision for employee retention tax credits for 24 months (assuming ongoing recession and continuing need for job training in states, etc.).

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT); Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) H.R.7027, the “Child Care is Essential Act,” Senate companion bill (S. 3874) House version passed 7/29/20
  • The bill calls for providing $50B in approps for the Child Care Stabilization Fund to be awarded via grants to child care providers “during and after the COVID-19…public health emergency.”
  • Child care providers that are either temporarily closed or currently open are eligible for grants.
  • Grants are based on providers’ operating costs pre-COVID-19 + adjusted to reflect increased costs due to COVID-19.
  • The fund would be established within the existing HHS Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, and grants would be administered by existing CCDBG lead agencies in states.
Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act introduced 7/2/20

to provide flexible, emergency aid for key child welfare programs to help stabilize children, young people, and families in crisis, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in the bill is $500 million in additional Title IV-E Chafee funds to help states support older youth in care and transitioning out of care (one of Lutheran Services in America’s “key priorities” for coronavirus relief legislation); $2 billion to enable state and tribal child welfare agencies to provide families, kinship caregivers, and young people with a broad range of support services; a moratorium on “aging out” of foster care to ensure no young person is cut off from critical housing and support services during the public health emergency; and an increase in the federal reimbursement rate for the Title IV-E Prevention Program to 100% through FY2021.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) Protecting Family Caregivers from Discrimination Act (S. 3878) introduced 6/3

Establishes employment discrimination protections for spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings and others who care for a relative of any age with special needs. The bill prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who seek enforcement of discrimination protections; prohibits employers from firing, demoting or taking other adverse actions against workers who are caregivers for their loved ones; and establishes a grant program to assist in combating and preventing such discrimination.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) unknown draft creates a $20 billion loan facility for groups that weren’t able to access Paycheck Protection Program funding

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