COVID Relief Negotiations Not Written Off … Yet Republican “Skinny Bill” Retains 501(c)6 Provisions, But Final Deal Up in the Air

Advocacy News
August 26, 2020
By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs

Last month, PHCC reported that mid-recess legislative activity in both the House and Senate was sending a signal that negotiations may restart on a COVID relief package that could result in a bill being passed around Labor Day. Since then, White House negotiators including the President’s chief of staff Mark Meadows have indicated that a deal may not come until “after September.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will be voting on a “skinny bill” (that is, a pared-down version of their HEALS Act introduced last month) as soon as this week that will provide $10 billion for the postal service, extend the PPP, protect businesses from COVID-related torts, and provide $300 of weekly FPUC. The skinny bill retains provisions that would protect small business from COVID-related lawsuits and  include eligibility for 501(c)6 non-profits to participate in the paycheck protection program (PPP), demonstrating that this continues to be a legislative priority as PHCC has been vociferously advocating.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded that the Senate bill will not get support from House Democrats, insisting on more comprehensive relief. Last month she proposed reducing the cost of her party’s HEROES Act by $1 trillion dollars and urged Republicans to meet her in the middle. PHCC continues to advocate for bipartisan agreement on a COVID relief bill that includes our legislative priorities for plumbing and HVAC contractors, and the American people.


*This article has been updated as of 9/9/2020.

Director of Legislative Affairs
, PHCC-National Association
Mark Valentini is the Director of Legislative Affairs for PHCC—National Association. A seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill and with several national trade associations, Valentini applies his expertise in public policy, workforce and training, and insurance and tax matters to advocate on behalf of all PHCC members.

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