ICYMI: Loeffler Builds Out Strategy to Restore and Strengthen U.S. Economy
USA RISE Plan Includes More Than 15 Legislative Proposals to Rebuild American Communities
ATLANTA – In April, U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) released a comprehensive plan, the USA Restoring & Igniting the Strength of our Economy (USA RISE) Plan, to reinvest in America, grow jobs, help families through the COVID-19 pandemic and trigger an economic recovery. Since then, Loeffler put her plan into action and introduced more than 15 legislative proposals as part of the solutions package.
“The pandemic and our response to it have led to serious challenges across our country. Through my package of legislative solutions based on local, state and federal input as well as my nearly 30 years in the private sector, I’m providing a roadmap to economic recovery that creates jobs, helps families and supports those who feed and fuel the world.
“As economies across America begin to reopen, we must implement policies that will jumpstart a strong economic return. The USA RISE Plan puts critical strategies in place to bring the national economy roaring back and ensure that America is the best country in the world to live and do business. I’ll continue to advocate that the administration considers these policies when negotiating the next round of COVID-19 relief.”
The USA RISE Plan is comprised of four pillars representing targeted measures and investments in America: Made in the USA, Grown in the USA, Hiring in the USA and Families in the USA. Loeffler penned an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that details the plan.
Made in the USA:
As part of the “Made in the USA” pillar, Loeffler proposed the Bring Entrepreneurial Advancements to Consumers Here In North America (BEAT CHINA) Act to incentivize pharmaceutical and medical device and supply manufacturers to relocate to the United States.
Fox News highlighted the legislation.
Loeffler also introduced the Securing America’s Medical Supply Chain and Advancing the Production of Life Saving Medicines Act to create a new administration position to negotiate and oversee trade of critical medical supplies and the Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery Act to get barriers out of the way to help small businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Grown in the USA:
For the “Grown in the USA” pillar, Loeffler introduced the American Farms, Food Banks and Families Act to create a supply chain administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help break down barriers and expand domestic market access for American farmers, the American Agriculture First Act to require the federal government to prioritize the purchase of American-grown agriculture commodities from American-owned farms during a national emergency, and the Enforcing Accountability and Transparency in International Trade Act to address China’s continued manipulation of developing country status within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and to level the playing field for America farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.
WRDW featured Loeffler’s efforts to connect farmers and food banks.
Loeffler wrote a joint op-ed in Agri-Pulse with Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts to discuss actions taken by Congress and the administration to help our farmers, ranchers and producers weather the pandemic.
Hiring in the USA:
Loeffler introduced five bills as part of the “Hiring in the USA” pillar to improve the Paycheck Protection Program, expand training for workers, cap unemployment benefits, reduce regulations and protect small businesses and health care providers from civil suits: The Paycheck Protection Program Timeframe, Modification, and Extension (PPP TIME) Act, the American Workforce Development Act, the Helping Americans Return to Work Act, the Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing a Federal Regulatory Budget Act and the Protecting Reopening Businesses Recovering from COVID-19 Act.
In a Walton Tribune opinion piece, Loeffler stressed: “We shouldn’t incentivize unemployment. We should get the government out of the way and Americans back to work. There’s no substitute for the great work of our fellow Georgians.”
Read testimonials from Georgia constituents who served as inspirations for proposals in this pillar.
Families in the USA:
Loeffler introduced four pieces of legislation as part of the “Families in the USA” pillar, including the Working Families Childcare Access (WFCA) Act to give more flexibility to families by allowing parents to contribute more to their employer-sponsored Dependent Care Cafeteria Plan Flexible Spending Account, and the Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act to allow larger nonprofits such as YMCAs and faith-based groups to receive Paycheck Protection Program loans and to prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortion providers.
Loeffler also sponsored the Affordable Health Care Options Act to codify the Trump administration’s actions to make short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans permanent, the Telemedicine Everywhere Lifting Everyone’s Healthcare Experience and Long Term Health (TELEHEALTH) HSA Act to make it easier for patients to access health care via telemedicine, the Patient Credit Protection Act to ensure patients’ credit scores aren’t impacted by a surprise medical bill, and a resolution to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grants.
National Review highlighted Loeffler’s LIFE NOW Act: “In short, the legislation would allow more loan money to go to nonprofits that need it and allow none to go to groups that profit from abortion.”
Loeffler’s legislative proposals received high praise from Georgia businesses and leading pro-family, conservative and community organizations and advocacy groups as commonsense solution to help families amid the coronavirus.
The Washington Examiner published an op-ed by Senator Loeffler to discuss the Affordable Health Care Options Act of 2020 and how critical it is to ensure Americans who are in between jobs have access to affordable health insurance.