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Washington Watch - April 11, 2022

In this issue of Washington Watch, read about congressional recess, restaurant relief, Covid relief and National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week

This year’s National Small Business Week (NSBW), held May 1-7, 2022, will acknowledge small businesses from across the country for their resilience, ingenuity, and creativity. It will also recognize SBA partners for their involvement in entrepreneurial development, disaster recovery, government contracting, financial development, and overall support for small businesses and entrepreneurship. During National Small Business Week, the SBA will hold its NSBW Virtual Summit from May 2-5, 2022, in sponsored by SCORE. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. Visit online at National Small Business Week 4-Day Virtual Summit Registration to register.

Additional Covid Relief

While a bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement on COVID relief earlier this week, Congress is now holding up its passage due to partisan bickering over Title 42, which allows for the expulsion of migrants at the border, preventing them from seeking asylum due to the pandemic. Republicans want the Biden-Harris Administration to delay implementing Title 42.

House Passes Additional Relief for Restaurants

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3807, the Relief of Restaurants, and other Hard Hit Small Business Act of 2022. This bill provides an additional $60 billion in FY2021 for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was established to support restaurants and other food and beverage purveyors in response to COVID-19. While six Republicans did vote for the legislation in the House, it is unlikely that the Senate will advance the measure due to Republican opposition. 

Congressional Recess After a Productive Six Week Session

On Friday, April 8, Congress adjourned for the Easter and Passover holidays after a busy six-week session that saw a new Supreme Court Justice confirmed, further action against Russia, approval of the FY2022 federal government spending bill, and several big pieces of legislation that had alluded lawmakers (in some cases, for decades) including: anti-lynching bill, reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act; postal service reform; and a bipartisan ocean shipping reform bill.

And yet, when Congress returns there is much to accomplish including additional COVID spending, more military support for Ukraine, the FY2023 federal government spending bill, and whatever else 2022 will throw at us. Below we have highlighted some key activities we anticipate in the weeks/months ahead:

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