Applications are now pouring in for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans. Don’t delay if you’re planning to apply. FiscalNote, ACMA’s partner for issue management, has developed a highly useful set of frequently asked questions for this round of funding. Check it out.
As some states are looking toward easing stay-at-home restrictions in the coming months, it’s important to have a well-considered strategy for reopening aspects of your business that have been shuttered. I recommend reviewing this guide of important factors to bear in mind as you make plans for your company in the short run. EPA and CDC have also released new guidance on cleaning and disinfecting workplaces today.
The political and policy situation continues to evolve. This morning I spoke with noted political strategist Karl Rove on changing dynamics in the fall elections. He predicts Republican pickups in the House and Democratic pickups in the Senate, but whether those gains will be enough to flip either chamber remains to be seen. Undoubtedly, the Presidential election is hugely in the air as Trump defends attacks on his handling of COVID and broader management of the country, while Biden struggles to hold together an unwieldy coalition of progressives, minorities, and disenchanted middle-class suburbanites. As we move deeper into election season, I’ll keep you updated with insights as I learn them.
Finally, as Congress considers additional response legislation, as well as makes plans to address other key priorities this year, ACMA members need to stay informed and stay engaged. We’re excited to bring you another great installment in our webinar series next week – a Town Hall with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. She is one of the biggest champions for composites in Washington and has been highly instrumental in the development of the Congressional response. Full details are below – I hope you’ll join us!
My very best,
Director, Government Affairs
Latest ACMA Resources:
ACMA’s COVID-19 Ongoing Webinar Series: Town Hall with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2)
Congresswoman Jackie Walorksi (R-IN-2) is one of the biggest supporters of the composites industry and America’s manufacturers in Congress. She is a lifelong advocate for composites representing Central Indiana with the highest composites manufacturing anywhere in the country. As a senior member on the House Ways and Means Committee, she has been a leading Republican voice in the COVID-19 recovery effort and has been especially instrumental in supporting small and medium sized manufacturers.
On this Town Hall webinar, she will discuss legislation that has been passed so far, how it’s worked, and what we might expect in future legislation. She will also discuss how Congress will function moving forward and plans to address key issues like infrastructure, energy, defense spending and more. Rep. Walorski can also provide insights on the forthcoming Congressional and Presidential elections.
Latest Industry Resources:
• Return to Work Considerations
• EPA and CDC Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces
• FAQ on second round of PPP funding
• SBA Relief Options including Paycheck Protection Program and more
• White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
• Overview of full federal response activities
Keep up to date by watching ACMA’s resource page here.