Sinema Urges Congressional Leaders to Allow Nursing Associations, Tourism Boards, & Other Trade Organizations to Access Economic Assistance

Apr 27, 2020

Sinema joins a bipartisan group of Senators calling for 501(c)6 organizations to be eligible to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

PHOENIX – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan group of Senators urged Congressional leaders to ensure the next federal coronavirus response package allows professional organizations to apply to the Paycheck Protection Program.
“Professional organizations in Arizona help workers across industries navigate economic challenges, help produce personal protective equipment, and look out for Arizona seniors and veterans during the coronavirus pandemic. They need access to economic support from the Paycheck Protection Program in order to keep their doors open,” said Sinema.
501(c)6 organizations are professional trade associations including local chambers of commerce, nursing associations, state restaurant associations, local tourism boards, and others who help support small businesses and provide resources, training, and professional development opportunities for their members. Currently, they are facing similar economic challenges as other small businesses and 501(c)3 nonprofits – both of which are eligible for Paycheck Protection Program funding. 
Read Sinema’s full letter HERE.
In the recent Congressionally-approved coronavirus package, Sinema helped secure $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, $60 billion for smaller, disadvantaged businesses, $60 billion for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and grants, $75 billion for health care providers, and $25 billion for testing, including $11 billion directly to states. Sinema also helped secure a number of priorities in the sweeping coronavirus-response CARES Act law, including a $150 billion relief fund for state, local, and Tribal governments, $55 billion more in investments in hospitals and health care workers, and an increase in unemployment benefits. Sinema also recently wrote an op-ed outlining Arizona needs she is working to include in the next coronavirus-response legislation.
Sinema has also added a resources page to her website,, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.