Please find below the follow up materials from Friday’s coronavirus update call.  As noted, the Chamber will hold an update call every Friday at 4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT.  Click here to register for next week’s call (you will need to register each week to get the call information).

In the materials below, please note the U.S. Chamber’s summary of the most recent draft of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Phase III) to provide emergency economic support during the outbreak.  Also note the guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure provided by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Chamber’s letter urging states to follow this guidance when enacting stay in place orders.

Lastly, the Small Business Administration has made all states in the Great Lakes Region eligible for Disaster Assistance Loans.  See below for information specific to each state, and click here for the online application.

·         Illinois

·         Indiana

·         Kentucky

·         Michigan

·         Ohio

·         Pennsylvania

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.  In the meantime, you can keep up with all of the Chamber’s latest materials on the outbreak by going to the U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Resource Website.

Political Affairs & Federation Relations

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday for our coronavirus call with member chambers and trade associations of the U.S. Chamber. If you weren’t able to join the conference call, or would like to listen again, click here to access the audio recording.

The next call will be held this Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Please see below for additional call details and several other follow-up materials, resources, and important updates from the U.S. Chamber.

Legislative Analysis: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (Phase III)

As negotiations continue on the “Phase 3” COVID-19 response bill, we wanted to provide you a summary of the latest versions of Division A and Division B of the bill released by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Note: the bill and this summary are subject to revision as negotiations continue. The U.S. Chamber is pleased that many of our priority recommendations are included in the current draft.

ICYMI: U.S. Chamber Issues Letter to National Governors Association Urging for Common Standards for Stay in Place Orders

This past Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released official guidance from the President regarding the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19. As you likely recall, the U.S. Chamber had sent a letter to President Trump recommending this additional guidance and sent another letter to the National Governors Association requesting their support in urging state and local governments to align any stay in place orders with these new guidelines as a common standard.

The U.S. Chamber also commended California Governor Gavin Newsom who had referenced the CISA guidelines in his state’s recent stay in place order. To review the letter sent by the U.S. Chamber to the National Governors Association, please click here.

Additional Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve our various resources—including the Live BlogCoronavirus Response ToolkitSmall Business GuideCoronavirus Workplace Flyer, and more—to ensure that you and your members have the most up to date information and impactful tools to navigate this pandemic.

While we recognize that this is a difficult time, we continue to be inspired by the stories of businesses stepping up to support families in myriad ways amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you see any stories you’d like to share with us, please include the hashtags #AmericanBusiness and #Biz4Good in your posts, and be sure to tag the @USChamber.

Save the Date: Next Coronavirus Call for Member Chambers and Trade Associations of the U.S. Chamber

Friday, March 27, 2020

4:00 p.m. ET

Click here to register for the call.