BISHOP RETURNS TO WASHINGTON TO SUPPORT VETERANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, released the following statement regarding his return to Washington, DC to participate in a Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing and vote on both COVID-19 and non COVID-19 related legislation—the first time the House has considered non COVID-19 legislation in nearly three months:
“I returned to Washington, DC this week to do the people’s business as safely as possible amid unprecedented circumstances. Today we held a subcommittee hearing with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, where I pressed the VA on the rising back log of disability claims, and about the continued problems with the planned Columbus Clinic.
“For the first time in weeks, we voted on bills that were not related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation we passed today will help our response to small businesses struggling during the pandemic and veterans to feed themselves and their families.
“Georgians are still experiencing both human and economic tolls from this pandemic. Congress must answer this challenge while still making significant safety changes to prevent further spread of the virus. I encourage everyone to wear a mask, wash your hands often, and social distance as much as possible. The threat of the COVID-19 virus is not over.”
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the following pieces of legislation, which Congressman Bishop supported:
- H.R. 6168 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020. This bill increases the money paid to veterans for disability compensation and to their survivors for dependency and indemnity compensation, starting December 1, 2020.
- S. 3414 – Major Medical Facility Authorization Act of 2020. This legislation authorizes seven major medical facility projects for the VA with maximum budgets.
- S. 3084 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to adjust the pay limitation for specific high-ranking employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- H.R. 6782 – TRUTH Act. This bill requires the SBA to create a public online database naming businesses that have received more than $2 million combined from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). It also ensures the SBA's flagship small business loan guarantee program can continue to support new small business loans if PPP funds run out.
- H.R. 7010 – Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. This bill will increase flexibility and access to PPP loans by allowing forgiveness for expenses beyond the 8-week covered period to 24 weeks and extending the rehiring deadline; increasing the current limitation on nonpayroll expenses (such as rent, utility payments and mortgage interest) for loan forgiveness from 25 to 40 percent; extending the program from June 30 to December 31; extending loan terms from two to five years; and ensuring full access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans.