Dear Members and Colleagues,
I wished to update you with good news on the COVID-19 relief proposal developed by a bi-partisan group of legislators, that includes both funding for the motorcoach industry and another round of PPP funding. The group worked through the weekend and today released actual bill language, which brings us one step closer to a final relief package.
This is great news and what we have all been working for, tirelessly, to happen. The bill proposal includes $8 billion in funding for the industries included in the CERTS Act – motorcoach, school bus and U.S. flagged passenger vessels. Additionally, the legislation provides $300 billion for the Small Business Administration to provide a second round of PPP – including funding for 501c(6) organizations, restaurants, and live venues. The bi-partisan group has been meeting and moving their $908 billion relief plan through all the channels, although there still remain obstacles and the need to gain the support of Congressional leaders in both Chambers.
We need you to call your elected representatives NOW and remind them of the important role our industry plays as part of the overall transportation system and urge them to support this bipartisan proposal. Now that the bill has been released, we must fight to keep our funding as it will be targeted by others. Congress needs to get this legislation enacted before the end of this year!
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If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a member of ABA's Government Affairs team at 202-218-7224.
President and CEO
American Bus Association