WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged Congressional leaders to expand coronavirus relief available for Arizona non-profits in future coronavirus legislation.
“Arizona non-profits serve on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic helping feed Arizona families, providing Arizonans safe shelter, and connecting Arizonans to critical health services. These organizations must get adequate support to continue assisting Arizonans in need,” said Sinema.
Sinema’s letter calls on Congressional leaders to increase coronavirus relief for Arizona non-profits by:
- Expanding access to the Paycheck Protection Program by modifying the current 500-employe cap or adjusting the Main Street Lending program requirements to allow more nonprofits to apply and help lenders prioritize nonprofit applications.
- Increasing unemployment insurance for self-funded nonprofits.
- Strengthening charitable giving incentives by increasing the above-the-line deduction that was included in the CARES Act.
Read Sinema’s letter HERE.
Sinema recently urged Congressional leaders to ensure the next federal coronavirus response package allows professional organizations to apply to the Paycheck Protection Program.
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, www.sinema.senate.gov/corona, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.