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House Infrastructure Bill, NLRB Letter, Senate NDAA, and Phase 4 Relief Bill

House to Vote on ABC-Opposed $1.5 trillion Infrastructure Bill This Week:

 

On Thursday, the House is set to vote on H.R. 2 – Democrats’ $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. The rules committee completed its hearing on the bill yesterday, making in order more than 150 amendments for consideration on the House floor. The bill also incorporated a Manager’s Amendment from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) that is considered as adopted and is now part of the underlying bill. The Manager’s Amendment implements numerous ABC opposed provisions including a further expansion of PLA requirements. The bill is poised to pass the House with Democratic votes, as House Republicans will oppose the bill - seen in the releases of the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee here and here.  

 

Stay tuned for an ABC grassroots opportunity to oppose the bill’s anti-merit shop provisions like – encouraging and expanding requirements for project labor agreements, expanding Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements and failing to recognize the widespread success of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.

 

House Republicans Send Letter to NLRB on Electronic Union Elections:

 

Today, Republican Workforce Leaders on the Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), sent a letter to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring and General Counsel Peter Robb expressing concerns with Democrat demands to require the Board to hold union elections electronically. In the letter Reps. Foxx and Walberg write: “Calls for the NLRB to conduct elections through electronic voting appear to be little more than another attempt to change the rules in favor of organized labor, against workers who wish to represent themselves, and against employers who wish to negotiate directly with their employees.” The Members continue: “…unions could increase operational transparency and accountability to workers to serve their members better or dedicate more resources to organizing, rather than trying to rig the existing system. Nevertheless, it is clear that in-person, secret-ballot voting is the most reliable method for elections of any kind, and we strongly encourage the NLRB to ensure that all union elections under its jurisdiction be conducted in this manner to ensure a free and fair process.”

On March 19, 2020, the NLRB made a prudent decision to suspend all elections for two weeks to ensure the health and safety of workers, union and company personnel, and NLRB staff. The NLRB resumed elections on April 6, 2020.


Senate NDAA Amendment on Beneficial Ownership:

 

The manager’s amendment to NDAA was released last night and the Crapo/Brown beneficial ownership amendment was not included.  This is a relief as inclusion in the manager’s amendment would have meant that amendment would be in the bill with little if any debate on its merits. However, there is an expectation that some amendments will be considered as stand-alone amendments.  The timing of when stand-alone amendments may be considered is unclear right now. There are currently 640 amendments filed to S.4049, the NDAA.

 

Under the current Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule, financial institutions are required to collect and verify the identities of the beneficial owners of companies that have accounts with their banks. The so-called Corporate Transparency Act would shift this responsibility away from these large banks that are best equipped to handle the reporting requirements and instead burden millions of small businesses, who often have limited capacity to file unfamiliar government paperwork.

 

This bill would also expose small businesses to serious criminal penalties for paperwork violations and raises privacy concerns as it provides law enforcement officials broad access to personal information without a subpoena or warrant. This would set a dangerous precedent that could be detrimental to our employers. 

 

Democrats Push Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Bill:

 

With coronavirus cases spiking in certain states across forcing additional shutdowns or scaled back reopenings for certain sectors of the economy throughout the country, Democratic leaders are ramping up pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass another coronavirus relief bill. In a letter to McConnell, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the GOP “missing in action” and noted that the House passed its own sweeping relief package 45 days ago. “Now is the time for action, not continued delays and political posturing,” they wrote. 

 

Congress is set to leave town by Thursday for a two-week July 4 break and will not return to Washington, D.C., until July 20. Senate Republicans are expected to wait until after the break to start negotiating and drafting the next potential relief bill. Though House Democrats passed a roughly $3 trillion bill earlier this year, it has been declared dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate.

 

June CBI Survey: Closes today

 

In these tumultuous times for our companies and workers, it’s never been more important for ABC members to provide information on local economic conditions so we can help you understand the market and plan for the future. Please take a few minutes to complete the June 2020 Construction Backlog Indicator survey (based on your May financials), which supplies data for CBI, a valuable, forward-looking economic metric unique to ABC that reflects the amount of work under contract that will be performed by commercial and industrial construction contractors in the months ahead, as well as the Construction Confidence Index, a diffusion index that signals construction contractors’ expectations for sales, profit margins and staffing levels. If you are not receiving the survey or have any questions, please contact Rachel O’Grady at [email protected].

  

Here is the link if you need it: https://abcnational.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YSgQeB8WkJFE33

 

Littler Issues Analysis on DOL’s Guidance on FFCRA Leave Relating to Summer Camp and Program Closures:

 

On June 26, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor provided guidance for its Wage and Hour Division Investigators relating to when employees may be eligible to take paid family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act when they are unable to work because they are caring for a child whose summer camp or other summertime place of care is closed. Read Littler’s analysis here.

 

More information on FFCRA is available here.

 

Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-4 provides guidance on when an employee qualifies to take paid leave under the FFCRA to care for his or her child based on the closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program or other summer program for coronavirus-related reasons.

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PPP Lender Match Tool & Loan Application Deadline Tuesday, House Passes Policing Reform Bill and is Poised to Pass D.C. Statehood Bill

Reminder – the PPP Lender Match Tool & Application Deadline is Tuesday, June 30th:

 

The last day to apply for the PPP loan program is June 30, 2020. At last count, about $120 billion in PPP funding remain. Through Monday afternoon, the SBA noted that the PPP loan program has approved more than 4.6 million loans nationwide. Late Last week, the SBA announced the launch their Lender Match as an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders

 

 

House Passes Policing Reform Bill:

 

Last night, the House passed the H.R. 7120 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a sweeping police overhaul bill. The Democratic-controlled chamber voted 236-181 for the measure mainly along party lines, gaining the vote of three Republicans Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

 

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has said that the Senate will not be taking up the House-passed measure, and President Trump has issued a veto threat, both preferring the Senate Republican led effort that failed a procedural vote earlier this week. Any future action on police reform legislation remains unclear after last night, as Democrats have refused to scale back the central components of their bill, such as banning chokeholds or abolishing the “qualified immunity” doctrine that protects police officers from lawsuits. Republicans, meanwhile, have said they will simply move on to the rest of their summer agenda until Democrats signal a willingness to back down on some of those elements.

 

 

House Voting Today on DC Statehood:

 

Today, the House is scheduled to vote today on H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would admit Washington D.C. into the union. The bill, sponsored by the District's nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, has over 220 co-sponsors and is expected to sail through the House carried by the Democratic majority. Some of the provisions of the statehood bill include: Permits the election of two voting Senators and one Representative from D.C., and the creation of a District territory to remain within federal control, with specified exclusions for federal buildings and monuments, including the principal federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building. The legislation is not expected to get any consideration in the Republican-held Senate and is opposed by the President.

 

 

Kentucky Senate Primary Race Update:  Booker Takes Lead:  Only 10,377 votes have been tabulated in Jefferson County, Kentucky, but they are enough to vault state Rep. Charles Booker (D) into the statewide lead over retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot Amy McGrath (D) in their battle for the Democratic US Senate nomination.  The new count shows Mr. Booker with a 43.5 – 40.0% edge, or a 2,587 vote spread.  Still, over half-million votes wait to be counted so the race clearly remains undecided.  It does appear from all indications, however, that the end result will be very close between the two candidates. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R), who was easily renominated on Tuesday, is the clear winner out of this week’s election, as up until a few weeks ago, McGrath was the only major candidate in the race and was raising millions of dollars. Should Booker pull off the upset, it will be a huge black eye for Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a boost for McConnell.

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House Infrastructure Bill, PPP, Tariffs, and NDAA

House to Vote on ABC-Opposed $1.5 trillion Infrastructure Bill This Week:

 

On Thursday, the House is set to vote on H.R. 2 – Democrats’ $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, H.R. 2. The bill, which ABC opposes, will make its way through the rules committee Tuesday to determine the amendments that will be offered. Due to the Covid-19 voting procedures, "There may be a lot of amendments, but we hope to hold the votes down to a manageable level," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Friday. The bill is poised to pass the House with Democratic votes, as House Republicans will oppose the bill - seen in the releases of the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee here and here.  

 

Stay tuned for an ABC grassroots opportunity to oppose the bill’s anti-merit shop provisions like - encouraging project labor agreements, expanding Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements and failing to recognize the widespread success of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.

 

Reminder – the PPP Lender Match Tool & Application Deadline is Tuesday, June 30th:

 

The last day to apply for the PPP loan program is at the end of the day, tomorrow, June 30, 2020. There is more than $134 billion in PPP funding remain. Through Monday afternoon, the SBA noted that the PPP loan program has approved more than 4.6 million loans nationwide. Late Last week, the SBA announced the launch their Lender Match as an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders. SBA also released Summary of PPP lending as of 6/27/20.

Trump Considering Re-imposing Section 232 Tariffs on Aluminum Imports:

The Trump Administration is considering re-imposing Section 232 tariffs on aluminum imports from Canada or imposing quotas.  The Administration claims that there has been a recent surge in Canadian exports of aluminum to the U.S.  The Aluminum Association represents domestic and foreign producers and sent this letter opposing the reinstatement of these tariffs. ABC as part of the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU) added its voice in opposition to these tariffs through a press release (also below) that was sent to the media on Friday.

 

Additional info here and here via Fox Business and the NYT.

 

Senate NDAA Amendment on Beneficial Ownership:

 

Senate Banking Chair Mike Crapo and ranking member Sherrod Brown have quietly proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would overhaul anti-money laundering regulations, including a requirement that corporations report ownership information to the Treasury Department. ABC has opposed similar efforts on this issue in the House and will work to oppose this provision in the NDAA as well. The Senate is considering the defense bill this week.

 

The amendment would require nearly all businesses with 20 or fewer employees to register their “beneficial owners” with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) within 2 to 3 years of enactment and update that information regularly for the life of the business.  This information would be accessible to thousands of law enforcement officers including the FBI, CIA, State Attorneys General, foreign law enforcement agencies via a request from an American agency, and other intelligence and law enforcement offices across the country through a written request.  Currently, law enforcement must access similar data through a subpoena or a warrant.  Under this legislation, that protection would be eliminated, and information would be access through a simple request.  Willful noncompliance could result in jailtime of up to 2 years and $10,000 in fines.  All businesses with over 20 employees and more than $5 million in gross receipts or sales are exempt from this regulation, as well as publicly traded companies, and certain businesses engaged in financial services. 

 

Under the current Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule, financial institutions are required to collect and verify the identities of the beneficial owners of companies that have accounts with their banks. The so-called Corporate Transparency Act would shift this responsibility away from these large banks that are best equipped to handle the reporting requirements and instead burden millions of small businesses, who often have limited capacity to file unfamiliar government paperwork.

 

This bill would also expose small businesses to serious criminal penalties for paperwork violations and raises privacy concerns as it provides law enforcement officials broad access to personal information without a subpoena or warrant. This would set a dangerous precedent that could be detrimental to our employers. 

 

Additional DOL COVID-19 Guidance: Federal Child Labor Requirements and FFCRA Paid Leave:

 

On June 26, DOL issued two Field Assistance Bulletins to specifically address the following:

 

·        The assessment of when schools that are physically closed for coronavirus related reasons are considered “in session” for purposes of federal child labor requirements, and

·        Paid sick or expanded family and medical leave eligibility under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  based on the closure of summer camps, summer enrichment programs, or other summer programs.

 

According to the DOL press release:

 

  • Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-3 clarifies how child labor laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act apply to the employment of children when schools are in session while physically closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In general, school is in session if the local public school district requires students to participate in virtual or distance learning, even if schools in the district are physically closed.
  • Field Assistance Bulletin 2020-4 provides guidance on when an employee qualifies to take paid leave under the FFCRA to care for his or her child based on the closure of a summer camp, summer enrichment program or other summer program for coronavirus-related reasons.

 

Trump Signs Executive Order on Federal Job Qualification Standards:

 

Today President Trump signed an Executive Order requiring Federal agencies to focus hiring on the skills job seekers possess, rather than focusing on whether they earned a college degree. The order requires Federal agencies to revise and update outdated Federal job qualification standards and candidate assessments, improving the quality and competency of the civil service. Unnecessary degree requirements exclude otherwise qualified Americans from Federal employment, impose the expense of college on prospective workers, and disproportionately harm low-income Americans. The order implements best practices already adopted by private sector leaders to promote equity and inclusion. As a result of this reform, talented individuals with apprenticeships, technical training, and apt backgrounds will have greater opportunity to pursue careers in the Federal civil service, according to the White House. Please see the factsheet for additional information.

 

Primary Preview - Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah Vote Tomorrow:

 

Three more state primaries are on tap for tomorrow, those in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah.  Two of these three states, Colorado and Utah, use an all-mail voting process meaning we could again be waiting several days for final returns.

 

In Colorado - The Senate Democratic primary is center stage as former Gov. John Hickenlooper battles ex-state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff for the right to take on Sen. Cory Gardner (R) in the general election.

 

In Oklahoma - The big race of the night comes in Oklahoma City’s 5th Congressional District, where a total of nine Republicans are competing for the opportunity of challenging freshman Rep. Kendra Horn (D) who unseated two-term Rep. Steve Russell (R) in 2018.  This will be one of the Republicans’ top national targets since the seat has a conservative history and the Horn victory two years ago was unexpected.  With nine candidates adorning the GOP ballot tomorrow, advancing to an August 25th runoff election is a certainty.

 

In Utah - The Republican gubernatorial primary is the main attraction and all polling suggests a very tight result between Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and former Governor and ex-US Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Freshman Rep. Ben McAdams (D), who defeated then-Rep. Mia Love (R) by just 694 votes in 2018, stands for a second term.  The Congressman was re-nominated in convention, so he has already secured ballot position for the general election.  On the Republican side, four candidates are vying for the party nomination, with the two contenders drawing the most attention being retired NFL football player and businessman Burgess Owens and state Rep. Kim Coleman (R).  This will be another hotly contested race in the Fall.

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PPP Application Loan Deadline Approaching June 30; Policing Bill Set to Pass House

PPP Deadline Application Deadline June 30th:

 

The PPP loan program’s last day to apply is June 30, 2020. At last count, about $120 billion in PPP funding remain. Through Monday afternoon, the SBA noted that the PPP loan program has approved more than 4.6 million loans nationwide.

 

 

Policing Bill Poised to Pass the House Tonight:

 

The House is set to vote tonight on H.R. 7120 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Democrats’ plan to overhaul the nation’s law-enforcement practices. This vote will come a day after the prospect of bipartisan talks collapsed in the Senate, leaving an unclear path forward on the Senate legislation to address policing reform. The House vote will is approximated to be from 7:00-7:30 p.m. tonight. The bill is expected to pass.

 

 

House Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Moves to Rules Committee:

 

The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of June 29 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 2. ABC is reviewing the Amendments offered in the Rules process so far.  Reminder that ABC sent a letter yesterday opposing the anti-competitive mandates in the House Democrats’ $1.5 Trillion sweeping infrastructure bill. The full bill is expected to be considered later in the week.

 

 

Update on Tuesday’s Elections:
 

Though little change has happened in the Kentucky Democratic US Senate primary election since Tuesday night’s reporting, the race has become closer.  After the Secretary of State indicated that results would not be forthcoming until June 30th with an estimated 625,000 votes left to count, Fayette County, the state’s second largest municipality, did release some preliminary numbers and the early result is surprising. 

 

Despite being candidate Amy McGrath’s (D) home county, the very early Fayette numbers project state Rep. Charles Booker (D) polling at 72%.  This allows him to cut his statewide deficit to 4,066 votes from 5,104.  Jefferson County, the state’s largest local entity with a population of more than 760,000 people and is home to Rep. Booker, has yet to report any tallies.  Therefore, the projection that the election would tighten even more once the bevy of votes are counted has even more legs especially after seeing the preliminary Fayette returns.

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ABC Opposes House Democrats' $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Senate Policing Bill Stalls, Reminder of PPP IFR Revisions and Primary Election Results

ABC Opposes House Democrats’ $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill with Anti-Merit Shop Provisions:

In response to the release of H.R. 2 the Moving Forward Act, House Democrats’ $1.5 Trillion sweeping infrastructure bill, ABC sent a letter opposing the anti-competitive mandates in the bill, urging Congress to consider several changes to the legislation - including reducing costly and ineffective regulations, increasing competition and addressing the construction industry’s skilled worker shortage. The bill includes several harmful provisions that would expand government-mandated project labor agreements to a section, apply Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements and fail to recognize the widespread success of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.

House Democrats plan on bringing the bill to the floor early July. Yesterday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer quelled pay-for questions by acknowledging that Democrats plan to pass their $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill with considerable deficit spending, something that Republicans are reportedly opposed to. Also yesterday, Treasury Sec. Mnuchin, threw some doubt on any deal getting done anytime soon -  saying that infrastructure is probably not going to make its way into the next coronavirus package, which he thinks will come together in July. Reminder that surface transportation reauthorization runs out in less than 100 days on September 30th.

 

Senate Police Reform Legislation Fails in Procedural Vote:

 

Earlier today, the JUSTICE Act, the Senate police reform bill, spearheaded by Republicans failed to advance the measure in a procedural vote by a vote of 55-45. Needing 60 votes, Republicans only peeled off three from outside of their caucus - Sens. Joe Manchin (W. Va.), Doug Jones (Ala), and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). The Republican bill would have encouraged departments to ban chokeholds through the use of federal grants and require officers to report uses of force and no-knock warrants.

 

House Democrats' more sweeping legislation, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants outright. It also would seek to restrict "qualified immunity" for officers over actions in the field — which is reported to be a red line for Republicans. The House is still scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday to consider their police reform bill, is expected to pass the bill when it is on the floor for final consideration.

 

 

New Loan Forgiveness & SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR Revisions Clarifies PPP Loan Forgiveness and Other Provisions:

 

As detailed in yesterday’s update - the new interim final rule (IFR) makes revisions to previous SBA and Treasury guidance to reflect the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, which became law on June 5 and made significant changes to the PPP, most notably: Giving borrowers the ability to file for forgiveness during the 24-week period immediately after they have spent sufficient amounts; codifying forgiveness for owners (including S or C Corporation shareholders) will be limited to 15.385% for the 8-week period or 20.833% for the 24-week period of their 2019 compensation, and in certain other ways; and Interpreting state required closings, and the inability to rehire or find qualified replacement employees in a more borrower friendly way.

 

 

Tuesday’s Primary Results – Some Surprises, Many Undecided:

 

The Kentucky Senate Democratic primary, as closing polling predicted, is tight in early counting.  Retired Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath leads state Rep. Charles Booker, but with only a 5,104 vote margin (45-37%) among the just under 62,000 votes tabulated.  No numbers are reported from the state’s two largest counties, Jefferson and Fayette, the homes of both Mr. Booker and Ms. McGrath, respectively. At this point, Ms. McGrath appears headed toward a close victory but, with so many votes outstanding, many of which are in the Louisville area that are familiar territory for Rep. Booker, it will likely be a full week before we see an official winner declared.  On the Republican side, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 87% total assures him of re-nomination.

 

In New York, state Sen. Chris Jacobs (R) has been projected as the special election winner in the vacant 27th District.  Of the totals counted, he topped former Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray (D), 69-29%.  In the concurrent Republican primary for the regular term, Mr. Jacobs is capturing 71% of the vote to easily win the party nomination for the full term. National republicans will be encouraged by the result, as this was a relatively higher-than-expected margin of victory for Jacobs. The bigger news comes from the Bronx, where it appears that 16-term Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) has gone down to defeat.  He trails former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman, 61-34% district-wide, and even lags far behind in Westchester County (58-35%), the area of the district that was supposed to be Engel’s stronghold.  If the absentee ballots don’t change this outcome, which is absolutely possible, Mr. Engel will be the fourth House incumbent to be denied re-nomination.  He will join Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Steve King (R-IA), and Denver Riggleman (D-VA) in the 2020 defeated incumbent category. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) is not out of the woods, and absentee ballots could decide this race.  She leads her principle challenger, hotel executive Suraj Patel, by just 648 votes, a 40-39 percentage split with just over 40,000 votes reported.

 

Turning to North Carolina, a somewhat surprising upset win was recorded in the 11th District Republican runoff to replace former Representative and current White House chief of staff Mark Meadows (R).  Despite Mr. Meadows’ and President Trump’s endorsement of former Haywood County Republican Party chair Lynda Bennett, real estate investment company owner Madison Cawthorn (R), just over the minimum 25 year age requirement and who is confined to a wheelchair because of a near fatal car crash eight years ago, scored a landslide 66-34% victory to win the party nomination.  He becomes a big favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Moe Davis, a retired US Air Force colonel, in the general election.

 

In Virginia, the 5th District Democratic voters easily nominated local physician Cameron Webb to compete in what is now an open seat.  Assuming the Virginia Board of Elections grants Republican Bob Good is a waiver after missing the candidate filing deadline despite winning the Republican district convention, the two will square off in what could now become a competitive general election campaign.

 

 

Registration is Now Open for the ABC Election Series:

 

The ABC Election Series, which is made possible by the Free Enterprise Alliance, will kick off a webinar series this summer featuring political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more. The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only. 

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Free Enterprise Alliance at [email protected] for more information.

 

Register today: https://legislative.abc.org/Election-Briefing-Series

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New PPP Loan Forgiveness & SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR Revisions, Presidential Proclamation on Work Visas and it's Election Day in 6 States

Revisions to PPP Loan Forgiveness IFR and SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR:

 

Earlier this morning, a new Interim Final Rule, published by the SBA and the Department of the Treasury, offered revisions to the loan forgiveness Interim Final Rule and SBA Loan Review Procedures following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) on June 5. This IFR revises previous interim final rules posted by the Treasury and SBA by making changes to conform to the PPPFA on provisions that relate to the maturity of PPP loans, the deferral of PPP loan payments, and the forgiveness of PPP loans.

 

The IFR revises the change made by the PPPFA amendment of the CARES Act regarding forgiveness of PPP loans to reduce the portion of PPP loan proceeds that must be used for payroll costs for the full amount of the PPP loan to be eligible for forgiveness, from 75% to 60%.  The IFR also provides guidance on the PPPFA’s minimum maturity of five years for all PPP loans made on or after the date of enactment of the Flexibility Act. In short, an earlier IFR stated loans made before June 5, 2020, had a maturity of two years; however, this IFR states borrowers and lenders may mutually agree to extend the maturity of such loans to five years. For loans made on or after June 5, the maturity is five years. The IFR also revises that a borrower may submit a loan forgiveness application any time on or before the maturity date of the loan – including before the end of the covered period – if the borrower has used all of the loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness.

 

 

U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Resources:

 

New Online Tool to Determine FFCRA Eligibility:

 

Today, the DOL announced an interactive online tool to help workers determine eligibility for paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave to cover time away from work due to coronavirus.

According to the press release, “The tool guides workers through a series of questions to help them determine if the paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act apply to their employer. If the provisions do apply, the tool helps them learn whether they qualify for either paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave under that law.”

 

New OSHA Guidance on Returning to Work (non-essential businesses):

 

On June 18, OSHA issued Guidance on Returning to Work, which assists reopening non-essential businesses as well as their returning employees.

According to the press release, “The guidance supplements the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and the White House's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again. The guidelines provide general principles for updating restrictions originally put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During each phase of the reopening process, employers should continue to focus on strategies for basic hygiene, social distancing, identification and isolation of sick employees, workplace controls and flexibilities, and employee training.”

 

 

Congressional Democrats Introduce Legislation To Allow Businesses to Apply for PPP Loans a Second Time:

 

New legislation introduced by a Democratic lawmakers in both chambers, would permit small businesses with 100 employees or fewer to tap into the PPP for a second time. The Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program Act, introduced late last week by Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. in the Senate and Democratic Reps. Angie Craig (Minn.-02) and Antonio Delgado (N.Y.-19) in the House would allow eligible businesses that are “self-employed or have 100 or fewer employees, and have suffered more than a 50 percent loss in revenues compared to a quarter in the previous year or another relevant period” and that “have exhausted, or be on pace to exhaust, their first PPP loan and certify they need the funding to support ongoing operations for payroll and eligible non-payroll costs” to qualify for the loan a second time.

 

The bill would also extend the loan application deadline for businesses from June 30 to Dec. 30 or later. This legislation is not certain to be included in any subsequent phase of congressional relief, as additional measures will have a lot to compete with and will have to wait for full consideration until at least the beginning or mid to late July.

 

 

State Liability Legislative Tracking:

 

As states continue to convene and schedule state legislative sessions, lawmakers are increasingly grappling with legislation that protects employers from liability lawsuits stemming from businesses reopening. We wanted to send a reminder that in an effort to share the resources available and various bills related to liability protections, ABC has access to this database from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks all COVID-related legislative responses across the states, including liability protections. To access the list of liability legislation, scroll down to the graphic titled “COVID-19 State Legislation Database.” From there, scroll down in the left hand column and select “Fiscal: Liability” to access the full list of legislation. ABC’s state affairs team also has liability legislation that has been supported by ABC Chapters in other states. Please reach out to Ben, Brandon or Nick for a copy of those bills.

 

 

President Trump Issues Proclamation on Work Visas:

 

Yesterday, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation establishing temporary entry bans for new H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 nonimmigrants, as well as their spouses and dependents. The ban goes into effect on June 24 and expires on December 31, 2020. Additionally, the proclamation extends the president’s April 22 proclamation banning entry for certain immigrants through December 31, 2020.

The bans apply to foreign nationals who are not present in the U.S. when the proclamation takes effect and do not hold valid U.S. visas or travel documents. The proclamation does not apply to “any lawful permanent resident of the United States; any alien who is the spouse or child…of a United States citizen; any individual seeking to enter the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the United States food supply chain; and any individual whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.” 

The proclamation also instructs the Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security to consider regulatory or other actions to ensure that the admission of an EB-2 or EB-3 immigrant visa or an H-1B nonimmigrant visa does not put American workers at a disadvantage.

These actions are intended to prioritize U.S. workers during the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 economic fallout. According to the administration’s statement on the order, these upcoming reforms “will prioritize those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest-skilled applicants are admitted.”

 

 

Key Primaries in Congressional Elections Today:

 

In Kentucky, eyes will be on the Senate Democratic primary to see if Amy McGrath can halt her downward slide against Democratic state Representative Charles Booker (D) who is making a late run for the nomination. McGrath, a retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot who ran unsuccessfully for the House in 2018, had raised over $41 million for a race ostensibly against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  She has now spent more than half her receipts in the party primary, the result of which is now in unpredictable territory despite the low number of physical polling places.

 

The New York elections are headlined by the special election in the vacant Buffalo-centered 27th District discussed in Monday’s update; however, perhaps the more interesting race is the Democratic primary election in New York’s 16 district. The 16th District, has true upset potential, as 16-term Congressman Eliot Engel (D), Chairman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is in a very competitive race against former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman (D). Rep. Engel is hoping to avoid the same fate of Joe Crowley, the former high ranking House Democrat who was defeated by now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who faces former a relatively competitive challenge of her own today from CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, in the 2018 primary.

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SBA and Treasury Announce Disclosure of PPP Loan Recipient Data, PPP Update and House Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill

SBA and Treasury Department Agree Disclose Some Data on Larger PPP Loan Recipients:

 

Late Friday evening, the SBA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced via press release that the names and other data of borrowers who received PPP loans of $150,000 or more, which account for about 75 percent of funds lent through the program, will be released.

 

The SBA and Treasury will disclose business names, addresses, demographic data, number of jobs supported and other details, but not specific loan amounts. Instead, they will divide the recipients into five groups based on the size of the loans received – saying whether the loans fit into a category of between $150,000 and $350,000; $350,000 to $1 million; $1 million to $2 million; $2 million to $5 million; and $5 million to $10 million. For loans below the $150,000 threshold, business names will be redacted, while Zip code, industry, business type and other demographic categories will be released in some detail, the SBA said.

 

The disclosure of PPP borrower data has been an evolving issue, as this development is seen as a compromise between the two agencies involved and bipartisan congressional leaders. The SBA said in response to open records requests throughout April and May that it would release “individual loan data” in accordance with its past practice for subsidized loans; however, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in a June 11 hearing before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that the business names and loan amounts were considered confidential and therefore would not be disclosed. “We are striking the appropriate balance of providing public transparency, while protecting the payroll and personal income information of small businesses, sole proprietors, and independent contractors,” Mnuchin said in the release.

 

PPP Update:

 

Over the weekend, SBA posted a summary of PPP lending as of Friday, June 20, which provides a summary of the loans approved through the program. Of note, there have been 4,666,560 loans approved totaling $514,939,789,916.00. The Construction sector accounts for 12.41% of the loans, with only two sectors procuring a larger percentage of loans - Health Care and Social Assistance and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

 

Sens. Rubio, Cruz, Scott Introduce Bill to Expand PPP Eligibility to Chambers of Commerce and Destination Marketing Organizations:

 

Late last week, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) announced their plans to introduce a bill to expand Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility to local chambers of commerce and Destination Marketing Organizations. The proposed expansion would not cover 501(c)(6) organizations, which ABC continues to advocate for in future PPP expansion efforts.

 

SBA Releases Lender Match Tool:

 

On Friday, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders. 

 

“The SBA is focused on assisting eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities and connecting them with forgivable PPP loans, especially before the June 30, 2020, application deadline,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. 

 

House Democrats Release Text of $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill - H.R. 2 the Moving Forward Act:

 

This morning, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.) was joined by six other Democratic House committee chairs in a press conference releasing the legislative text of the Democratic Infrastructure Bill – H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. Text of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act is here. A Section by Section is here. A Fact Sheet is here.

 

ABC is still reviewing the House Democrats’ bill, but is disappointed that the bill text, as it stands now, includes Davis Bacon and Project Labor Agreement mandates as well as legislative language encouraging registered apprenticeships. These harmful provisions are anti-competition and anti-merit-shop that ABC will continue to oppose in any infrastructure investment.

 

This release comes just days after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the  INVEST in America Act, a 5-year, nearly $500 billion surface transportation reauthorization, after a two day long markup. The INVEST in America Act will serve as the surface transportation sections of H.R. 2. It remains to be seen if the partisan House process will turn into productive negotiations with the Republican Senate, which has passed a highway portion of its own surface transportation reauthorization bill out of committee on a bipartisan basis last year. Further, the Trump administration, led by the Department of Transportation is set to release its own surface transportation proposal or priorities, which could complicate the congressional process. Politico is reporting that the administration’s proposal will call for more than double the House's bill in spending.

 

During ABC’s virtual legislative day, ABC members were asked to take action on an action alert to ask your representatives in Washington to ensure that all workers have a fair chance at competing to rebuild America through infrastructure investments by cosponsoring the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1858 / S. 907).

 

Police Reform Bills Making Their way Through Both Chambers:

 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will file cloture on a motion to proceed to the JUSTICE Act, setting up a procedural vote on the bill as early as Wednesday. The Senate bill, championed by Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), has gained traction as the leading legislation to address police reform. The full text of the JUSTICE Act is here, and a section by section analysis is here.

 

The House is scheduled to meet Thursday and Friday to consider their police reform bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last week by a vote of 24 to 14. Full text of the legislation is available here. A section-by-section summary is available here. A fact sheet is available here.

 

Trump Expected to Extend Limits on Foreign Workers, Including H-2B Visas:

 

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order to extend and expand restrictions on foreign workers coming into the United States. The limits, which were initially set during the beginning months of the pandemic, are expected to be extended through the end of the year. Although the order is expected to come with some exceptions, it is reported to include H-2B visas.

 

Six States Voting Tomorrow: Congressional and Presidential Primaries, One Special Election:

 

Tomorrow – Tuesday, June 23, six states will go to the polls: Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Kentucky, New York will host both state and presidential primaries that were originally scheduled for May 19, April 28, respectively. Mississippi and North Carolina will host state run-off elections originally scheduled for March 31, May 12, respectively, while Virginia will hold their State Primary originally scheduled for June 9. Additionally, South Carolina will hold regularly scheduled state run-off elections.

 

Voters in the Buffalo-area NY-27 congressional district will vote in the congressional special election to replace former Rep. Chris Collins who resigned the seat after pleading guilty to an insider trading charge.  State Sen. Chris Jacobs (R) is in a unique electoral situation to replace Collins as tomorrow, he faces Democratic former Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray who held Rep. Collins to a 48-47% victory in 2018, in the special general, and two strong Republican challengers in the regular 2020 primary. This special election wasn’t designed to have such an interesting, and largely confusing format, but a quirk in New York election procedure has led to this unusual format caused by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) scheduling the replacement election on the same day as the regular primary. This is a historically strong republican seat, but the unique electoral situation makes the result almost unpredictable.

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Transportation Bill, Great American Outdoors Act, & SBA Lender Match Tool

House Democrats Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill as House Committee Approves Surface Transportation Authorization Infrastructure Legislation:

 

On June 18,  H.R. 2: the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee after a two day long markup that included the consideration of over 300 amendments (177 of which were offered). The INVEST in America Act, a 5-year, nearly $500 billion surface transportation reauthorization, was approved by the committee along party lines with 34 Republican and 23 Democratic amendments. Ahead of the markup, ABC sent a letter to the Committee detailing concerns with the INVEST in America Act as well as expressing support for tenets of the STARTER Act, which is the Republican alternative that was voted down during the amendment process.

 

Hours before the committee advanced the bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to unveil the Moving Forward Act, a larger package which, anchored by the INVEST in America Act, adds up to more than $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending. House Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said that the Moving Forward Act, which expands on the Moving Forward Framework, will contain other big-ticket items such as $70 billion for "clean energy", $25 billion for drinking water programs, $35 billion for health care infrastructure, $100 billion for broadband, $70 billion to address a capital backlog for public housing, $1 billion for climate resiliency upgrades to public housing and $5 billion for a housing trust fund.  It still remains to be seen how the bill will be paid for, as House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) implied that funding would be negotiated at a later date, and that it could lean on deficit spending and bonding through Build America bonds and private activity bonds.

 

During ABC’s virtual legislative day, ABC members were asked to take action on an action alert to ask your representatives in Washington to ensure that all workers have a fair chance at competing to rebuild America through infrastructure investments by cosponsoring the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1858 / S. 907).

 

ABC Urges House to Approve Great American Outdoors Act Which Would Create Construction Industry Jobs

 

On June 17, The Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422), introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), was passed in the Senate by a vote of 73-25.  This bipartisan legislation would help address the $20 billion deferred maintenance backlog in the Department of the Interior, $12 billion of which is accumulated by the National Park Service, creating thousands of construction jobs in the process.

 

The bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives, where if approved, will create the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund, which would direct up to $9.5 billion in nontaxpayer funds over five years improve the infrastructure within the NPS and other agencies with significant differed maintenance backlog, much of which is related to transportation assets. ABC sent a letter to the House urging for the swift consideration and approval of the legislation.

 

SBA Releases Lender Match Tool:

 

Today, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders. 

 

“The SBA is focused on assisting eligible borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities and connecting them with forgivable PPP loans, especially before the June 30, 2020, application deadline,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. 

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Supreme Court Rules on DACA, Congress Focuses on Oversight of COVID Funding

Supreme Court Rules on DACA:

 

Earlier today, the Supreme Court rejected President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, handing a major victory to about 700,000 immigrants — most of whom who entered the U.S. illegally as children more than a decade ago. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s Democratic appointees in a 5-4 decision that found the Trump administration’s move to wind down the Obama-era program for Dreamers lacked a sound legal basis.

 

The decision does not foreclose future moves to end DACA, but it seems unlikely the administration will be able to put in place a new framework to end the program before November's presidential election.

 

ABC believes that immigrants currently authorized to work in the United States have helped to fill gaps in our workforce, and has pushed for immigration reform to address these individuals through a merit-based system that recognizes the needs of our country’s construction workforce. Currently, it is estimated that approximately 70,000 DACA recipients work in the construction industry. You can also view a statement by the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, of which ABC is a member, here.

 

Second Report Issued by Oversight Commission:

 

Today, the second report of the Congressional Oversight Commission created by the CARES Act was issued. The Commission’s role is to conduct oversight of the implementation of Division A, Title IV, Subtitle A of the CARES Act by the Treasury Department and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Subtitle A provided $500 billion to the Treasury for lending and other investments “to provide liquidity to eligible businesses, States, and municipalities related to losses incurred as a result of coronavirus.”

 

The report highlights that while the Treasury and the Federal Reserve have announced how they plan to use $195 billion to support emergency lending facilities established by the Federal Reserve, which could support nearly $2 trillion in loans and asset purchases, to date, the majority of those lending facilities are not operational, and the facilities have made a total of $6.7 billion in purchases.

 

House Democrats Criticize SBA on Oversight:

 

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused the Small Business Administration of stonewalling the Government Accountability Office about its implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program authorized under the CARES Act. Members of Congress have increased calls for transparency to the program over the past weeks, with the House attempting to pass legislation that would share PPP borrowers’ information publicly.

 

State Liability Legislative Tracking:

 

As states continue to convene and schedule state legislative sessions, lawmakers are increasingly grappling with legislation that protects employers from liability lawsuits stemming from businesses reopening. In an effort to share the resources available and various bills related to liability protections, ABC has access to this database from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks all COVID-related legislative responses across the states, including liability protections. To access the list of liability legislation, scroll down to the graphic titled “COVID-19 State Legislation Database.” From there, scroll down in the left hand column and select “Fiscal: Liability” to access the full list of legislation. ABC’s state affairs team also has liability legislation that has been supported by ABC Chapters in other states. Please reach out to Ben, Brandon or Nick for a copy of those bills.

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PPP Forgiveness Application, House Infrastructure Hearing, Policing Reform, & Great American Outdoors Act

Virtual Legislative Day Archive:

 

Today ABC hosted a Virtual Legislative Day briefing featuring seasoned politico Jim Ellis and ABC government affairs staff. ABC members who missed today’s briefing can access the webinar recording and get the latest political and policy insights on the White House, Congressional and state elections this November of importance to merit shop contractors.

http://abc.org/academy

 

ABC encourages chapters and members to set up virtual meetings with lawmakers and is happy to assist in arranging. Also please view ABC’s cheat sheet (attached) for information on critical issues facing the construction industry and ABC members.

 

PPP New Forgiveness Applications:

 

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

 

  1. Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
  2. Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
  3. Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

 

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 

 

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period. 

 

Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.

Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.

 

ABC Advocates for Fair and Open Competition and in House Surface Transportation Authorization Infrastructure Legislation:

 

Today, Wednesday June 17, H.R. 2: the INVEST in America’s Infrastructure Act is being marked up, by the largest committee in the House – the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in a historic hybrid session where members can participate either remotely or in person. 

 

The INVEST in America Act, a 5-year, nearly $500 billion surface transportation reauthorization, is a component of the Moving Forward Framework that House Democrats released earlier this year. It is not expected to obtain any Republican votes in the committee process.

 

While ABC supports increased financing for surface transportation infrastructure programs, ABC is concerned that the INVEST in America Act does not include several essential priorities of the merit shop construction industry. These priorities include reducing costly and ineffective regulations, increasing competition and addressing the construction industry’s skilled worker shortage, all of which can help bring critical construction projects to market in a more economical and efficient manner.

 

Ahead of the markup, ABC sent a letter to the Committee detailing these concerns as well as expressing support for tenets of the STARTER Act. ABC also expressed support a letter for Amendment 124 offered by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.-10) would ensure that the projects awarded by H.R. 2 are awarded through fair and open competition and would prevent the inclusion of government-mandated project labor agreements on contracts awarded through H.R. 2. During ABC’s virtual legislative day, ABC members were asked to take action on an action alert to ask your representatives in Washington to ensure that all workers have a fair chance at competing to rebuild America through infrastructure investments by cosponsoring the Fair and Open Competition Act (H.R. 1858 / S. 907).

 

Should the INVEST in America Act be passed in the committee during this markup, the floor consideration is also expected to be lengthy, potentially taking up three days, according to Majority Leader Hoyer, who has scheduled June 30 through July 2 for debate and votes on amendments.

 

Senate Republicans Unveil Policing Reform Bill:

 

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) unveiled his policing proposal this morning at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is preparing to make room on the floor for the legislation next week. The release of Scott’s bill comes one day after Trump signed an executive order that creates federal incentives to enact police reforms. Multiple Republicans were at the White House for the rollout of the EO and cheered the effort, but Democrats called it “weak” and think it doesn’t go far enough. The

 

House Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, have also introduced their own legislation and both chambers are eyeing the July 4 recess as a tentative deadline. It’s looking increasingly likely that the House bill will pass on a party-line vote, with little, if any, GOP support, while it is unclear if Senate Democrats will agree to allow floor debate on Scott’s policing measure or if they will try to block it.

 

Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act:

 

Today, the Senate passed, by a bipartisan vote of 73-25, the Great American Outdoors Act which would provide $9.5 billion for U.S. national parks that will help rebuild national park infrastructure throughout the country, cut in half the $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks, and address the nearly $20 billion maintenance backlog on all federal lands. The legislation will allocate $1.9 billion a year, paid for by oil and gas revenues, into the national parks system to catch up with the maintenance and backlog needs, including repairs on roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, and will help support over 100,000 jobs. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) sponsored the legislation and is urging swift action in the House to approve the bill.

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