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
Jul 31, 2020

Organizations Call on Congress to Pass COVID-19 Liability Protections in the "SAFE TO WORK Act"

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This week, the Real Estate Roundtable along with 480 organizations wrote to Congress calling for passage of the timely, targeted, and temporary COVID-19 liability relief provisions set forth in S. 4317, the ‚ÄúSAFE TO WORK Act".

These crucial protections would safeguard healthcare workers, providers, and facilities, as well as businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions against unfair lawsuits so they can continue to contribute to a safe and effective economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation is critically needed and should be enacted as soon as possible.

The letter urges support for the inclusion of these provisions in a Phase IV COVID-19 relief package.

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