Thank you for joining the PPP Coalition and signing on to our Letter to Congress. Now, make your voice heard and take action today! 

In late July, the Senate released their "Phase IV" COVID-relief bill called the HEALS Act.  Unlike the HEROES Act, the HEALS Act does not address most of the PPP Coalition’s needs. As Senate and House leaders begin to negotiate a final bill, please Contacting your Senators and Representatives TODAY can have a meaningful impact on PPP. 

There are three easy ways to engage policymakers:

Call Your Members of Congress

As a constituent, calling your member of Congress can be an excellent way to share the needs and priorities of your organization and your community. Each call placed to a congressional office helps build momentum for renewed PPP. 

Below is a proposed call script for contacting your Senators' and Representative’s offices.

Phone numbers for your Senators' offices can be found here and contact info for your Representative(s)' office found here

Call Script:  

 

"Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME]. I'm a constituent from [CITY, STATE], calling on behalf of [ORG], a member of the PPP Coalition. [ORG] serves more than [#] constituents in our community and we need federal relief funds to continue to provide these essential services throughout the pandemic and beyond. I strongly encourage the [SENATOR/REP] to extend and expand the Paycheck Protection Program by: 

 

  • Increase the maximum allowable loan amount to reflect 24-weeks of payroll, benefits, fixed operating costs, and protective equipment expenses. Allow previous PPP borrowers to apply for a second loan, up to the new maximum loan amount.

  • Expand the eligible borrowers to include all not-for-profit entities, including nonprofits larger than 500 employees.

  • Expand the non-payroll fixed costs that are eligible for forgiveness.

  • Specify the interaction between the Employee Retention Tax Credit and the PPP loans to ensure borrowers can make use of both types of assistance.

  • Ensure that the covered period for loan forgiveness appropriately corresponds to the size of a borrower’s loan, that a borrower may seek forgiveness immediately following the conclusion of the covered period, and that forgiveness shall be calculated at the date of receipt of the application for forgiveness.

 

These changes will ensure that millions of jobs in the hardest-hit industries are not permanently lost."

 

Email Senators' Staff

If you have a prior relationship with a Senate staff member and their contact information, sending an email can help to reinforce the importance of PPP. 

Below is a suggested template you can use and modify to email your Senator's staff. 

Dear Senator, 

 

As the Senate considers essential COVID relief funding this month, I write with an urgent request regarding modifications to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

 

I write on behalf of [YOUR ORG], located in [CITY, STATE], and which employs [NUMBER] of your constituents. We are part of the PPP Coalition—a grassroots advocacy organization comprised of leaders in the hospitality, tourism, entertainment, music and culture industries from across our country—to address the ongoing economic crisis for the hardest-hit sectors of the American economy. These industries—both for-profit and nonprofit—will be among the last to fully reopen. 

 

Without a recapitalized, expanded, and extended PPP, many small- to mid-sized business and nonprofits may permanently close their doors, ending the hopes of a return to full employment for millions of Americans and marring the nation’s chances at a robust economic recovery after a viable vaccine is developed. To preserve jobs and ready the nation’s economy for a robust recovery, we urge Congress to adopt the following modifications to PPP as soon as possible:   

  • Increase the maximum allowable loan amount to reflect 24-weeks of payroll, benefits, fixed operating costs, and protective equipment expenses. Allow previous PPP borrowers to apply for a second loan, up to the new maximum loan amount.

  • Expand the eligible borrowers to include all not-for-profit entities, including nonprofits larger than 500 employees.

  • Expand the non-payroll fixed costs that are eligible for forgiveness.

  • Specify the interaction between the Employee Retention Tax Credit and the PPP loans to ensure borrowers can make use of both types of assistance.

  • Ensure that the covered period for loan forgiveness appropriately corresponds to the size of a borrower’s loan, that a borrower may seek forgiveness immediately following the conclusion of the covered period, and that forgiveness shall be calculated at the date of receipt of the application for forgiveness.

 

The above provisions will be necessary to protect American workers and ensure the viability of our country’s most-impacted private and nonprofit employers.   Congress can act now to recapitalize, expand, and extend PPP now and to preserve the small- to mid-sized business and nonprofit ecosphere for the future.

 

Thank you for your consideration of this request.   

 

Your constituent, 

[YOUR NAME

[ORG

 

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