April 10, 2020
Ask For You To Contact Your Representative
Greetings Chamber Family --

To say the situation upon us is fluid and rapidly changing, is an absolute understatement. One thing is certain - the supply does not meet the demand as far as funding for businesses.

As Congress negotiates what may be a 4th round of funding and/or an extension of the 3rd round, we ask for you to take a minute to help us to help you ...

Our Chamber and business community are being asked to reach out to our representatives to thank them for the work they have done and urge them to approve additional funding proposed for businesses . Write, email or call the offices and share your support. Encourage their advocacy as your representative and your voice in these matters.

[Please see verbiage below provided as an example ( as suggested from the Association of Washington Businesses - Washingtons State Chamber ) and contact links below for our representatives.]

In addition, Congressman Adam Smith has agreed to "e-meet" with members of our Renton Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 20th at 11:00a . Space is limited in this zoom meeting and this is intended to not only be informational, but also provide opportunity for Q&A. As such, we ask that registrations please be limited to Chamber members and/or Business and Community Leaders . We are grateful for the opportunity Congressman Smith has provided to us to meet in this 'intimate setting' during what is certainly a high-stress time for his office as well.

Above all, we thank you for the trust you have placed in us during this time in providing information, assisting with applications, facilitating connections -- and going through these processes with you. Please do not hesitate to continue to reach out with questions, comments and/or concerns.

Together We Are Stronger and the Renton Chamber of Commerce is here with you ---

Diane Dobson
Renton Chamber of Commerce
425.226.4560 Office

We would like to start by thanking the Washington state congressional delegation for your work on behalf of Washington employers during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The current $2.2 trillion investment was essential to ensure Washingtonians and the businesses they work for have the resources necessary to battle the epidemic. It is clear this is not only an unprecedented public health emergency but also an economic crisis unlike any we have previously experienced.
The first three stimulus packages were a good start to addressing the issues facing Washingtonians. Our concern is that all small companies have access to assistance before funding runs out therefore, we encourage you quickly approve the next round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program. Additionally, we believe it’s critical to replenish the funds for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Strengthening policies and providing further assistance so that employers of all sizes are supported, and their employees have the resources they need to support their families is paramount.
It’s far too early to calculate the final toll, but it’s not too early to begin marshaling the resources that will surely be required to help Washington’s most vulnerable businesses survive this challenging and uncertain period. This is an extraordinary moment in our nation’s history, and it will require an extraordinary response.
On behalf of the nearly 7,000 members of the Association of Washington Business,the thousands of businesses across Washington state and the over 500 members of the Renton Chamber of Commerce,, we write today to ask for your help and for your leadership in Congress to do the following things to support Washington businesses:
Small Business Administration
·      Provide clarity in current appropriations to help stabilize businesses and workers right now including technical corrections such as:
Extended timeline for applications and for restoring staffing and salary levels – since COVID-19 is impacting different areas at different times, and our state’s stay-at-home order makes it almost impossible for affected small businesses to bring back staff in time to qualify for loan forgiveness
Relaxing the affiliate rules for small business
Clarify funding is available for not for profits such as 501 (c)6 and 501 (c)4 entities
Relax requirements under "know your customer” provision to increase banking capacity
Flexibility in funding for Paine Field. The CARES Act calculates relief funds based on 2018 enplanements. Paine Field did not begin commercial service until 2019 disqualifying it from funding.
Clarity on the inclusion of workers’ comp premiums in the definition of payroll costs
·      Ensure there are sufficient funds to provide clarity, consistency, and stability for all businesses now and into the near future
·      Earmark funding for companies with 50 or fewer employees
·      Provide funding for tooling costs for those manufacturers who are pivoting their production to Personal Protection Equipment
Essential Services Support
·      Support for childcare providers
·      Continued support for the health care industry as they continue to care for those afflicted and battle the spread of the virus
Health Care 
·      Targeted support for health care providers as small business
·      Authorize health care credential reciprocity
·      Relief for growers and producers by purchasing excess crops
·      Create new cost-sharing mechanism for employers who are covering new benefits for employees (like new paid leave or paid sick leave) or for employers who are maintaining existing benefits during closures
·      Additional funding for National Dislocated Worker Grants
General Business Support
·      Commercial rent & mortgage deferrals & forgiveness with comparable deferrals & forgiveness for their landlords and lenders – including expanding to mortgages that are not federally issued/insured
·      Temporarily allow a five-year carryback for Net Operating Loss (NOL) deductions - A business incurs a net operating loss (NOL) when its taxable income is negative. The year in which the NOL is realized is referred to as a "loss year." Businesses have no tax liability in a loss year. The 2017 tax bill eliminated the ability for taxpayers to carry back an NOL, while allowing an NOL to be carried forward indefinitely
Economic Recovery
·      Funding for Infrastructure projects
·      Funding for worker retraining programs
·      Funding for collaboration between the health care industry and the education and workforce training systems to recruit the next generation of health care workers to ensure the country has the necessary workforce to address the needs of its citizens daily and in a crisis
We look forward to working with you on this wide-ranging set of policy proposals to mitigate the effects of the outbreak. Until then, Washington’s employer community will continue to work side-by-side with elected leaders and public health officials to quell the coronavirus and protect the health and welfare of workers, their families, and communities throughout Washington.
Senator Maria Cantwell
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3441
(202) 228-0514 fax

915 2nd Ave, Suite 3206
Seattle WA 98
(206) 220.6400
(206) 220.6406 fax
Senator Patty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-2621
(202) 224-0238 fax
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186

2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
(206) 553-5545
(206) 553-0891 fax
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186
Congressman Adam Smith (9th District)
2264 Rayburn Office Building
Washington DC 20515
(202) 225-8901

101 Evergreen Building
15 S Grady Way
Renton WA 98057
(888) SMITH09 (888-764-8409)
(425) 793-5180

Congressman Adam Smith Meets with the Renton Chamber - You Are Invited (registration required)
Join the Renton Chamber and Congressman Adam Smith in conversation about the recent approach in Washington DC, the response to the COVID virus, his advocacy on behalf of our 9th District and outlook for the future.

This is intended for Chamber Members/Representatives and our Community and Business Leaders. Space is limited and advance registration is REQUIRED.

April 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. PST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting including Meeting ID and Password.