Senate Passes Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extension

On June 30, a few hours before the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) expired, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a bill to extend the deadline for businesses to apply for coronavirus PPP aid until August 8th. The program’s authorization to give out money ended June 30 with over $130 billion left unused. The U.S. …

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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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Senate Passes More Funding for CARES Act Small Business Programs

Today, by voice vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to provide over $300 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was created by the CARES Act. Last week, PIA National worked with a broad cross-section of business and insurance groups to send a letter to Congressional leadership requesting more funding for the PPP, …

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Senators Caution Against Retroactive Business Interruption

As part of PIA National’s advocacy work on legislation related to the coronavirus, we have worked with a group of senators on a letter that was sent to the White House today, asking the administration to reject any proposal in upcoming coronavirus legislation that would undermine existing insurance practices, namely the retroactive finding of business …

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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package Passes Senate

Late on March 25, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, by a vote of 96-0. This bill is the third COVID-19-related bill that Congress has passed, and others are likely to follow. The Senate unanimously approved the $2 trillion emergency package, which is intended to provide urgently …

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PIA Urges Senate Action on Cannabis Safe Harbor Bill

PIA National has been working to advance legislation to protect insurance agents from federal prosecution for doing business with cannabis-related enterprises in states in which such businesses are legal. To that end, PIA helped develop the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act, which would provide a legal safe harbor for independent agents that engage …

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Senate Passes Cadillac Tax Repeal and Flood, TRIA Extensions

Two days after the House passed a government funding package (H.R. 1865), the Senate followed by a vote of 71-23.  The measure includes three of PIA National’s top policy priorities: an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until September 30, 2020; the permanent repeal of the Cadillac Tax; and an extension of the terrorism …

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Senate Passes Flood Insurance Program Extension to November

Today the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 4378, a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government until November 21 by a vote of 82-15. An extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), set to expire September 30, was included in the bill. The House of Representatives already passed the bill earlier in September. The new expiration date …

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