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How the Pandemic Modernized Congress

Did you read the title and think, “who cares?”. Modernizing Congress may not be the sexiest topic, but it is undoubtedly an important one, so please stick with me as I explain why. Arguably, the federal government is not thought of as being on the cutting edge of technology or even technology-driven, for that matter.

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Congress Extends PPP Hours After Program Ends

Congress has created numerous programs to combat the pandemic.   The Paycheck Protection Program is the most popular and bipartisan program created during this crisis. As we all know by now, the Paycheck Protection Program provides loans for small businesses and sole proprietors, and other entities to keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. The

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Congressional Stalemate on Police Reform

It has been one month since the death of George Floyd. Americans continue to demand police reforms and dismantling systemic racism. Those demands are leading to a crossroads in Congress. Senate Democrats are struggling over how to respond to the Senate Republicans’ police reform proposal, The JUSTICE Act.   Their legislative choices are to block

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Senate Republicans Introduce Policing Bill

Protests around the country continue. Calls for justice continue. Cities and States are immediately responding with police reforms in their communities. Congressional Democrats introduced H.R. 7120, The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act requiring comprehensive reforms for police practices. Congressional Republicans have been working on their response. House Minority Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said there

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Senate Passes Another Change to the Paycheck Protection Program

The Senate passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by unanimous consent. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act passed by the House on May 28. This bill extends the loan forgiveness window from 8 weeks to 24 weeks. It also reduces the payroll requirement from 75 percent to 60 percent in order to

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More Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

I am still receiving a number of questions from business owners about the Paycheck Protection Program. If you are confused and frustrated with the program, trust me, you are not alone. The program launched quickly, experienced serious glitches and lending delays, ran out of money, then Congress replenished the money. And if all of that

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