Harley Rouda

Rep. Rouda Introduces Bipartisan Helping Businesses Reopen Safely Act of 2020

Representatives Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan Helping Businesses Reopen Safely Act of 2020. This legislation would provide a tax credit to small businesses, nonprofits, and local governments of up to $25,000 annually to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies that are crucial to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

“States and local governments have given shops and restaurants the green light for reopening — but have failed to provide businesses with the resources they need to open safely,” said Rouda. “This crucial legislation would help keep businesses open while protecting the public health of workers, customers, and communities. Small business owners should not be financially penalized for providing safe and clean service.”

“Small businesses in our community have been hit hard by the devastating impacts of coronavirus with many being forced to close their doors for months on end. As businesses begin the phased reopening process, we must do more to help them do so in a way that is safe for everyone without creating an additional financial burden,” said Mast. “This legislation will go a long way in helping small businesses reopen their doors and protect our public health in the process.”

The bipartisan Helping Businesses Reopen Safely Act of 2020 is supported by the:

  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce

“Orange County Business Council supports the ‘Helping Reopen Businesses Safely Act of 2020’ and thanks Congressman Rouda for introducing this legislation. As they start to reopen, businesses are working hard to keep employees and customers safe and they should be rewarded for doing the right thing. The bill also supports nonprofits and local governments with strained budgets that continue to serve in extraordinary times. OCBC urges the Orange County delegation to sign on to this important bill,” said Lucy Dunn, President & CEO of the Orange County Business Council.

“The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to support this important legislation which provides a payroll tax credit for personal protective equipment and helps our small businesses bring their employees and customers back safely,” said Reuben Franco, President & CEO of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“Small business in America has been suffering from the crushing effects of the shutdown of our economy. This bill will help reimburse business owners for the cost of providing PPE and protective equipment necessary to protect their employees and customers against the COVID-19 virus at a time when they need it most,” said Steve Rosansky, President & CEO of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce.

This article was released by the Office of Representative Harley Rouda.