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Federal News About COVID-19

April 3, 2020
National Institutes of Health Accepts Late Grant Applications Given COVID-19 Emergency

On March 26, NIH announced that grant applications submitted late would continue to be accepted recognizing that the emergency declaration related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) would “adversely affect many NIH applicants’ ability to submit applications in a timely manner.”   Specifically, all grant applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May […]

April 3, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Loans Move Forward SBA/Treasury Department Issue Guidance

On March 31, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) released initial guidance and a sample application form for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP was enacted as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), which was signed by President Trump on March 27. Yesterday, the Treasury Department issued […]

April 2, 2020
CARES Act Includes Rep. Curtis’ small business Advance Payment for Paid Leave

On March 20, after passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCR), Representative John Curtis (R-UT), sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling for advance payments to small businesses so they can pay for required COIVD-19 paid leave while awaiting their federal tax credits provided under the FFCR. The FFCR requires paid […]

March 30, 2020
CISA: Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

“As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has […]

March 27, 2020
House Sends $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill to President’s Desk

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 758, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act – or CARES Act – sending the legislation to the President’s desk for signature. The House action follows unanimous Senate passage of the legislation on March 25. President Trump has said he would sign the bill immediately. The […]

March 25, 2020
Senate aims to vote Wednesday on $2T coronavirus bill

Washington Post – The Senate is aiming to vote Wednesday on a $2 trillion stimulus package that is designed to flood the U.S. economy with money in an effort to stabilize households and businesses that have been floored by the coronavirus outbreak, according to an article published in the Washington Post. But Senate leaders were still working […]

March 23, 2020
Romney Announces Resource to Keep Utahns Informed on Coronavirus

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today announced the launch of a new webpage designed to keep Utahns informed during the coronavirus pandemic. The webpage, which serves as a reference guide for information from federal agencies, as well as state and local authorities, includes guidance for seniors and at-risk individuals, veterans, families and small businesses. The […]

March 20, 2020
Rep. Curtis Sends Letter to Treasury Department Advocating for Small Business Relief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2020 Media Contact: Ally Riding (202) 226-7721   Washington, DC— Today, Representative John Curtis (R-UT) sent a letter to United States Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for relief for small businesses who are obligated to make paid leave payments to employees under the newly signed Families First […]

March 18, 2020
SEC adopts McAdams and Hollingsworth proposal to cut red tape on promising start-ups

Courtesy of Washington, D.C.—Legislation by Congressman Ben McAdams and Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) giving commonsense regulatory relief for America’s growing companies was essentially adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a rule-making action. McAdams introduced the Fostering Innovation Act in 2019 as a narrow fix that allows small emerging growth companies to keep capital […]

March 14, 2020
H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passed by the House 363-40 (3/14/2020)

Article courtesy of the National Association of Manufacturers Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion and Paid Sick Leave: • Creates a new “Public Health Emergency Leave” program under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Private employers, including manufacturers, under 500 employees are required to cover workers for a wide range of circumstances related to COVID-19 […]

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