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Chamber urges Bexar County delegation to pass COVID relief package

Your San Antonio Chamber has written a letter to the Bexar County Congressional delegation urging Congress to act now and pass a Coronavirus relief package that includes extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to trade and professional 501(c)(6) organizations, liability protection for businesses and other affected entities concerned about operating during a pandemic, as well as additional funding for state and local governments. Doing so would help the San Antonio community jumpstart economic recovery.

Congress appears to be on track to pass an estimated $900 billion relief package before breaking for December recess. The package under discussion would include $600 stimulus checks for millions of Americans, 10 weeks of jobless aid, $330 billion in small-business assistance, money for vaccine distribution, and funding for a range of other programs. However, during negotiations, Democrats dropped a much-sought $160 billion state and local government aid package, while Republicans gave up a key priority – a liability shield for businesses and other institutions fearing COVID-19 lawsuits.

Liability protection is a top priority for the Chamber, and we will continue to advocate for legislation. Businesses of all types and sizes, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are working hard to protect employees, customers, students, and residents. The growing risk of opportunistic lawsuits against these organizations pose a significant barrier in our ability to reignite our economy, get people back to work, protect those already back at work, and get students back to school.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Reyes, VP of Public Policy at sreyes@sachamber.org or by phone at 210-229-2162.

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