House Passes Flood Insurance Program Extension to Sept. 2021

The U.S. House voted 359-57 tonight to pass the continuing resolution (CR) legislation to fund the federal government to December 11th. As reported earlier today, the bill includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until next year, to September 30th, 2021. The program is set to expire next week on September 30th.  The vote on the CR …

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House Bill Would Extend Flood Program Until Sept. 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider a continuing resolution (CR) this week to fund the federal government until December 11. A vote could come as soon as today. Authority to fund the federal government runs out on Sept. 30, unless Congress acts.  Notable for PIA members is the inclusion in the CR of a short-term …

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House Passes Paycheck Protection Program Extension

Tonight, the U.S. House passed S. 4116 by unanimous consent. The bill extends the deadline for businesses to apply for coronavirus aid through the Paycheck Protection Program until August 8th. This action follows the U.S. Senate which passed the bill last night hours before the program’s authorization to lend funds expired. The program still has …

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PIA Opposes the Business Interruption Relief Act

This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) introduced H.R. 7412, the Business Interruption Relief Act, which would create a voluntary program for insurers in which they could retroactively pay business interruption (BI) claims and be reimbursed by the federal government. PIA National opposed similar legislation introduced in the spring, and we oppose this legislation for many …

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House Eases Some Paycheck Protection Program Rules

The U.S. House today passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, by a vote of 417-1. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), would relax restrictions on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and make it easier for businesses to have them forgiven. The legislation allows businesses that have received PPP loans and …

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House Passes $3 Trillion Coronavirus Package

On the evening of May 15, the U.S. House voted 208-199 to pass a $3 trillion legislative package. H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, would provide states and local governments with nearly $1 trillion that could be used to replace drastic revenue shortfalls. H.R. 6800 also includes several amendments to the Paycheck …

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IRS Says Small Business Loans Are Taxable Income

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-32, which announced that business expenses that are normally tax deductible but are expected to be forgiven as part of loans provided in accordance with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, …

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