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
Jun 26, 2020

More Than 100 Members of Congress Urge Trump Administration to Aid CMBS Borrowers

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Commercial mortgage-backed security borrowers could face a historic wave of foreclosures starting this fall, impacting local communities and jobs across the country, without a long-term federal relief plan to combat liquidity deficiencies facing commercial real estate borrowers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   That is the bipartisan message sent on June 22 to the Federal Reserve and Trump Administration by more than 100 members of Congress, who are seeking support for real estate borrowers unable to keep up with payments on debt tied to CMBS.

The bipartisan letter notes, the Fed’s lending facilities, yet warns the policymakers about “the looming crisis in commercial real estate adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $540 billion Commercial Mortgage-Backed Security (CMBS) market that, if left unchecked, may lead to a wave of foreclosures, exacerbating the current downturn in the U.S. economy and ultimately result in permanent job loss in multiple industries and communities across the country.”  

The congressional letter also requests the Fed to “devise a relief plan for these borrowers, who through no fault of their own, have experienced a significant drop in revenue on account of the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental orders.”

 

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