WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) strongly supports the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have put forward a new pandemic relief package to be passed by the end of the year. The following statement can be attributed to Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley.
“The USCC applauds Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) for taking action to break the partisan gridlock that is preventing additional pandemic relief from reaching small business and families in New Hampshire.
“For pandemic relief to become law, it must be bipartisan. We are greatly encouraged that a bipartisan group of House and Senate members along with the Problem Solvers Caucus have released an outline that can potentially break the partisan gridlock that has prevented long-overdue pandemic relief. Between this effort and the recent revisions to the Senate Republican proposal—which maintains critical elements especially with respect to liability protection–we believe there is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to negotiate a bill that can become law.
“While it is critical that lawmakers get the details right, time is of the essence. American families cannot wait until next year.
“The Chamber urges lawmakers to support bipartisan efforts to enact pandemic relief in the coming weeks. We also urge lawmakers to work with the business community to ensure that relief reaches small businesses as soon as possible and that liability reforms provide meaningful protections like in the ‘Safe to Work Act’.”