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Pending Legislation

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 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)

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



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.
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

CMS Guidance & Fact Sheets

Business Continuity & Workforce

Other Federal Agency Resources

Contact Sarah Dobson, Lutheran Services in America’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at 202-499-5832 for more information.