Loeffler Asks SBA, Treasury to Provide Clarity for Georgia Farmers and Small Business Owners
Sends Letters to Assist Small Business Owners, Farmers Applying for Relief Loans
ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) sent two letters to the administration asking for clarity for Georgians who are applying for federal loans during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Loeffler sent one letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), asking for additional clarity for Georgia’s small businesses applying for the loans Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. She sent a second letter to Administrator Carranza to ensure that Georgia’s farmers are able to access these loans.
The CARES Act created new SBA programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small businesses cover payroll, rent, utilities, and other essential expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak. If these loans are used for qualifying expenses, including payroll, they will be forgiven.
“Unfortunately, I’ve heard from small business owners across the Peach State who are still unable to access the relief their businesses need to survive these unprecedented times,” said Loeffler. “It is essential that small businesses and farms are able to access to these loans so they can keep their employees on payroll and be ready to open their doors again once it is safe. I want to ensure that, at such an overwhelming time, they have as much clarity and as many tools as possible. I will continue to work with the administration to find solutions on behalf the small business owners and farmers who are the lifeblood of the Georgia economy.”
The letter seeking additional guidance for small businesses is available here and the letter asking for clarity for farmers is available here.
Small business owners and other Georgians seeking assistance can email Senator Loeffler’s office at CARESact@loeffler.senate.gov or visit Loeffler.senate.gov/CARES.
Loeffler has asked the administration to take steps to assist Georgians during the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Loeffler urged the administration to ensure farmers have access to vetted, temporary workers.
- Loeffler asked the administration to prioritize funding to rural hospitals.
- Loeffler asked the administration to automatically qualify seniors for the $1,200 cash payments as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as opposed to requiring seniors to file tax returns to receive the payment. The U.S. Department of Treasury then clarified seniors will receive automatic payments.
- Loeffler urged the administration to expedite the processing of visas for foreign nurses to ensure rural communities can hire more nurses and continue to care for those in need.
- Loeffler asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow at-risk Georgians to receive certain infused and injectable treatments at home to prevent their exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).