April 22, 2020

Warren Joins Jones to Urge Senate Leadership to Include Paycheck Security Proposal in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

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Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to urge Senate leadership to include the Paycheck Security Program in the next package of coronavirus relief legislation

“During this tumultuous time, working people should not have to also worry about applying for unemployment, finding new health care, or losing their connection to their employer,” the senators wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “The Paycheck Security Program will use existing infrastructure to work to help companies maintain wages and benefits of employees of affected businesses and non-profits until the economic and public health crisis is resolved. The proposal will help cut some of the red tape that is currently slowing down relief to the American workers who need it most.”

“American businesses and their employees are the heart and soul of our communities. Please consider including this program in the next coronavirus package to keep our communities thriving and vibrant,” they continued.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Senator Warren has worked to ensure small businesses receive the help they need. She called for clear guidance from SBA and Treasury to ensure all small businesses have equal and expedient access to funding. Senator Warren also called on Congress to do more to help small businesses survive this crisis. She proposed eliminating the cap on total relief on small business loans. On March 26th, Senator Warren joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on a conference call with Boston small business owners to share details of the relief for small businesses in the latest legislative package. She held a similar call with small businesses across the Commonwealth the same day. Senators Warren and Markey shared information and resources for small businesses impacted by coronavirus.