Impeachment | PPP Reopens | Vaccine Info
This week, I voted against Speaker Pelosi’s hastily put together attempt to impeach President Trump. Without a seated Judiciary Committee, any hearings, or examination of evidence, all standard deliberative processes were ignored. And with just days remaining in the President’s term, it was abundantly clear the Senate could not begin consideration until after he leaves office.
This rushed impeachment will only deepen the nation’s divisions. In wake of the sickening violence at the U.S. Capitol, we cannot retreat to our partisan corners. In this moment, we should find ways to bridge the divide and commit to dialing back the political rhetoric.
It is time to focus on a peaceful transition of power, move forward as a country, and prioritize the issues important to our constituents. To read my full statement on opposing impeachment, please click here.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opened this week for new small businesses and certain existing PPP borrowers. During the pandemic, the PPP has helped support millions of jobs across the country, and I am pleased these forgivable loans have been renewed to assist struggling small businesses.
To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions were be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.
Key PPP updates include:
- PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
- PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
- The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
- The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
- Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
- Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.
A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:
- Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
- Has no more than 300 employees; and
- Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
States and county health departments are continuing to distribute vaccine doses. Last week, Michigan announced the COVID vaccine would soon be available to those over 65 and other frontline workers like teachers and police officers. If you are interested to learn more, please visit your county health department's website, which can be found below.
County Health Departments
Branch-Hillsdale Community Health Agency
Eaton Health Department
Jackson Health Department
Lenawee Health Department
Monroe Health Department
Washtenaw Health Department
Michigan has received 831,350 doses of the vaccine and 368,844 doses have been administered.
Protecting our Great Lakes
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act of 2019 was signed into law earlier this month. The reauthorization will strengthen efforts to combat contamination, prevent invasive species like Asian Carp, and preserve our Great Lakes as the recreational and economic treasure that benefits all Michiganians.
The authorized funding level for the GLRI will be boosted to $375 million in Fiscal Year 2022, and will see incremental increases of $25 million per year until it reaches $475 million in FY 2026. The recent FY21 government appropriations bill funded the GLRI at $330 million.