Davis, Gottheimer Lead Bipartisan Group in Calling for Support for Gig Workers, Expanded Unemployment Insurance, Boosting Small Biz Loans, Extending Paid Leave Credit to Mid-Sized Businesses
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Josh Gottheimer (R-N.J.) led a bipartisan group of 14 Members of Congress to take a stand to support small businesses, gig workers, independent contractors, and freelance workers in direct response to the impact that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the American economy, local communities, and families.
The Members are calling on Senate leadership, as they explore further economic stimulus legislation, to consider extending Unemployment Insurance for gig and freelance workers, raising the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) maximum loan amount, allowing the SBA to provide direct loans, and extending the payroll tax credit to businesses beyond the 500-employee limit.
“We request immediate action to provide further support for small businesses, their employees, and workers who may not be traditionally covered by unemployment insurance. This request is in direct response to the impact that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our local communities and the small businesses, workers and families who have been adversely impacted by loss of businesses, closures and illness,” wrote the Members in a letter to Senate leadership.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that millions of Americans work as freelance employees, independent contractors, or participate in the gig economy. Many of these workers are not covered by traditional unemployment insurance and work in industries negatively impacted by the coronavirus.
The Members are calling for:
Joining Davis and Gottheimer on the letter are U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), Rick Crawford (AR-1), Joe Cunningham (SC-1), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Kevin Hern (OK-1), Trent Kelly (MS-1), Pete King (NY-2), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Max Rose (NY-11), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Fred Upton (MI-6), and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-2).
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