IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION
SMALL BUSINESS HELP
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus crisis.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
SBA Express Bridge Loans
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
SBA Debt Relief
SBA is providing debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
HELP FOR VETERANS
LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY REP. BERGMAN SIGNED INTO LAW
H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
Provided $8.3 billion in emergency spending to support the operations of the CDC and NIH through the pandemic
H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Established a new paid sick leave program, increased flexibility under unemployment insurance, and provided funding for free COVID testing.
H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
$2 trillion economic stimulus package with a wide range of provisions, including:
$1,200 direct economic relief payments for those with lower and middle incomes;
Grants and loans to small businesses through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP);
Temporarily expanded unemployment insurance to provide a lifeline for those who lost their jobs;
$100 billion to support local hospitals and health centers; and
$31 billion for K-12 and higher education.
The CARES Act also included provisions from Rep. Bergman’s legislation (H.R. 6335) to stop IRS tax penalties on Seniors who do not make a required minimum distribution from their savings plans. Read more HERE.
H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act
Provided an additional $75 billion for health care providers, $25 billion for COVID testing, and $310 billion for small businesses through the PPP.
H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
Annual spending bill which included $900 billion in COVID relief, going towards:
$600 direct economic impact payments per person;
$284.5 billion to refund and strengthen the PPP;
Extended paid sick leave and a $300 increase in weekly unemployment benefits to March 14, 2021;
$82 billion for schools and universities to assist with reopening for in-person learning; and
$28 billion for the development, purchase, and deployment of COVID vaccines.
Congressman Bergman also supported H.R. 9051, the CASH Act, which would have provided an additional $1,400 in direct relief payments to individuals. Read more HERE.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMMERS
As the COVID-19 continues to impact the United States, scammers have seized the opportunity to prey on consumers.
The FCC Offers The Following Tips to Avoid Scammers:
Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren't hacked.
Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating.
Read more HERE.
Be advised: government agencies will NEVER ask for your personal and financial info over a text message, email, or phone call. If you receive a text message, email, or phone call offering financial assistance or services, free test kits or vaccines, or warning you of an outbreak, it is probably a scam.
Likewise, legitimate government agencies will never require secrecy, request payment via gift cards or prepaid debit cards, or threaten you with arrest or legal action. If you find yourself in a situation like this, don’t respond, hang up, and never offer or confirm your personally identifiable information.