Congresswoman Beatty Blasts Botched Coronavirus Response Rollout, Urges Administration to Prepare Now
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prior to consideration of the Interim Coronavirus Funding Package, H.R. 266, by the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) sent a letter today to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to demand their federal agencies work expeditiously to ensure a more even, consumer-friendly rollout of the critical programs and funding streams that provide financial assistance to American workers, families, and small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
“My office has been flooded with calls from individuals looking for assistance and answers but finding little in the way of guidance from your respective agencies,” Beatty said in the letter. “American workers, families, and small businesses are counting on you.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L.116-136, provides immediate direct “economic impact payments” to roughly 170 million Americans struggling to make ends meet and extends forgivable SBA-backed loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including 1099 workers like those working in hair and nail salons, barbershops, and from gig to gig. Yet, in the four weeks since the CARES Act was signed into law, there have been numerous reports of delays, confusion, unresponsiveness, and inaccessibility during implementation.
“I implore you to take the necessary remedial steps now to rectify these glaring shortcomings and work to devise a plan to more smoothly distribute aid to those who truly need it most.” Beatty added, “I am requesting that the plan of action to better assist those truly small and minority-owned businesses include some type of oversight and data collection on who actually received the assistance.”
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