Oregon businesses are experiencing drastic levels of economic uncertainty and instability in the face of a global public health crisis. From the Senate, I’ve been fighting as hard as I can to get immediate relief to small businesses, workers, and the families and communities that rely on Oregon’s vibrant and expansive economy.
Fighting for Fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (NEW):
My team and I have been hearing from lots of Oregonians struggling to apply for the new SBA emergency relief loans. We are actively engaged on behalf of Oregon small businesses, non-profits, the self-employed, and independent contractors, trying to rectify the administration’s implementation of these funds and get resources into local communities ASAP. If you are having troubles applying for the SBA emergency loans, please notify my office using this short submission form:
The shortcomings in the current implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program are clear. I'm demanding fixes. Thank you to the many small business owners working with me and my team to fix this botched roll-out from the SBA.https://t.co/M1hjmFq3rs— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) April 8, 2020
- Merkley Demands Small Business Administration Provide Much-Needed Assistance to America’s Farmers, Agricultural Producers
- Merkley, Wyden, Colleagues Urge Administration to Take Action to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funds Reach Small Businesses
- Merkley, Wyden Urge Feds to Make Farmers and Agricultural Businesses Eligible for COVID-19 Economic Injury Grants
- Merkley, Wyden Call for SBA to Accept Loan Applications from Cannabis Businesses in Cannabis-legal States
- Merkley, Murphy, Van Hollen Propose Massive Rescue Program for Small and Medium-sized Businesses
Late on March 25, the Senate passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act,” an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency aid package, which will direct a massive amount of funds towards stabilizing our economy and our health care system.
This follows the passage of the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” on March 18, which also includes some key provisions to assist small and medium-sized businesses.
An incredible amount of resources have been set aside in these two bills specifically to help small and medium-sized businesses, along with nonprofits serving critical needs in this crisis.
Congress’s aim is to get these resources out into state and local communities as soon as possible, but given the scale and scope of this aid package, it may take several weeks for pieces to fully come online. I’ll be updating this hub regularly to make it easier for Oregon businesses and nonprofits to keep track of the many moving pieces in the federal response.
In addition to Operation: Main Street, I've also created a coronavirus resource page, which focuses on information and assistance for individuals and communities.
In light of newly confirmed case of coronavirus in OR, one of the most important things elected officials can do is make reliable info accessible. That’s why I created a NEW resource page at https://t.co/JjlZYpOa8M for Oregonians to get the info they need to stay safe & healthy.— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) February 29, 2020