Policy Issues

Status of CARES Act passage [as of April 3]:  The Senate passed the CARES Act on Wednesday, March 25, by a 96-0 vote.  The House passed the bill on Friday, March 27, and President Trump signed the bill into law that afternoon. On Thursday, April 2, the Small Business Administration released “final interim regulations” to implement the program.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act  is the $2 trillion rescue bill that intends to respond to public health and economic issues caused by COVID-19 outbreak. 

It has been called “the biggest economic stimulus in American history.”  The CARES Act is also called “Phase III,” because it follows other COVID-19 responses that became law on March 6, 2020 and March 18, 2020.

Under the CARES Act, hospitals and the medical workforce get $100 billion for products, medicine, and equipment to help address the capacity surge in patients.  As an effort to alleviate the economic fallout from the pandemic, the CARES Act massively expands unemployment support, and directs cash payments to individuals and families.  It also provides loans, grants and other financial assistance to state and local governments, and all types and sizes of U.S. businesses.

For the business community, a number of financial programs are available depending on how many workers are employed by a given business concern. See summaries of provisions for:

Small Business Emergency Loans Under the

Small Business Emergency Loans Under the "Paycheck Protection Program"

Independent contractors, sole proprietors, and businesses with 500 employees or less

Mid-Sized Lending Facility

Mid-Sized Lending Facility

Businesses with 501 to 10,000 employees

Federal Reserve 13(3) Lending Programs and Facilities

Businesses with any number of employees over 500

Policy Comment Letters
May 27, 2020

Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation In Response to the Pandemic

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This week, The Real Estate Roundtable along with over 200 organizations wrote to Congress urging them to provide temporary and targeted liability protections for businesses struggling to reopen and operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter asks that Congress quickly enact temporary liability protections for:

(1) businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions that work to follow applicable public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure claims;

(2) healthcare workers and facilities providing critical COVID-19-related care and services;

(3) manufacturers, donors, distributors, and users of vaccines, therapeutics, medical devices, as well as PPE and other supplies (such as hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies) that are critical to the COVID-19 response; and

(4) public companies targeted by unfair and opportunistic COVID-19-related securities lawsuits.

These crucial protections should safeguard businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, as well as healthcare providers and facilities from unfair lawsuits so that they can continue to contribute to a safe and effective recovery from this pandemic.

Staff Contact
DD-Oct2019 - contact Duane J. Desiderio 
 Senior Vice President & Counsel
RM-Oct2019 - contact Ryan P. McCormick
 Senior Vice President & Counsel
CER - Oct2019 - contact Clifton (Chip) E. Rodgers, Jr. 
 Senior Vice President