As small business owners and their employees across the country continue to struggle with COVID-19 recovery, the need for flexibility and certainty is greater than ever. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-ORE), and Chris Murphy (D-CONN) have introduced the Rebuilding Main Street Act, allowing employers to share payroll costs with the federal government and receive grants to help cover other fixed costs for safe reopening. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is urging the House to pass this bill immediately so that small businesses can have the means required to effectively respond to the crisis.
Additionally, to address disruptions caused by the pandemic in the food supply chain between farms and food banks, ASBC strongly recommends passage of the Small Farmers Act, legislation introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). This is a critical step to ensure the well-deserved debt relief for the farmers who continue to feed us and bolster our local economies during the current pandemic, and must be included in the next federal COVID relief package. Please help ASBC advocate for the Small Farmers Act to preserve integrity in America’s food supply.