2. Congress has headed home: Call your Senators and Representatives and share our industry's ask
By Ken Presley

If there was ever a time to call your legislators, it is now.

Nearly every individual and many industries were waiting for some good news in what was touted as a relief bill. Of course, the motorcoach industry is anticipating inclusion of the CERTS Act in the bill.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, White House Chief of Staff Meadows, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and Speaker Pelosi once again failed to arrive at an agreement as Democrats and Republicans posture going into a pivotal election season.  
I think this is all you’re going to see until Congress gets back into session after Labor Day," said Sen. Chuck Grassley. The Senate will not reconvene until after Labor Day.

The Senate version of the CERTS Act (S. 4150) now has 28 cosponsors and the House version (H.R. 7642) has 46 cosponsors. Additionally, the RESTART Act continues to garner popularity with Congress as 52 Senators and 91 House Members have now signed on as cosponsors.

The industry needs more cosponsors for the CERTS Act and if there is any positive news that comes out of the delay, it is we have more opportunity to bolster our cosponsors. If your Senator or House Member is not a cosponsor yet, please give them a call. They are back home right now and may welcome an invite to stop by and visit your facility. 

3. MMA video helps operators promote their new cleaning technology to educate consumers
Members of the Maryland Motorcoach Association, not only received EZ Dissan electrostatic sprayers, but the association created a video operators can use to show customers how their coaches are cleaned.

In a time when consumers are concerned about hygiene and safety, this video is as important a sales tool as the technology itself.

4 . Homeland Security reminds business owners to beware cyber scams related to SBA programs
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing.

CISA analysts observed an unknown malicious cyber actor sending a phishing email to various Federal Civilian Executive Branch and state, local, tribal, and territorial government recipients.

The phishing email contains:
  • A subject line, SBA Application – Review and Proceed
  • A sender, marked as disastercustomerservice@sba[.]gov
  • Text in the email body urging the recipient to click on a hyperlink to address:
  • hxxps://leanproconsulting[.]com.br/gov/covid19relief/sba.gov
  • The domain resolves to IP address: 162.214.104[.]246

5. UMA Member Annett Bus Lines gets right to the point in asking for relief to keep companies together
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6. Midwest Bus & Motorcoach Association proves in-person meetings are possible with safety precautions
Bus & Motorcoach News | August 13, 2020 | by Shandra Martinez
In an era when many conventions and events are being canceled, the Midwest Bus & Motorcoach Association decided to stick with its planned annual gathering.
The good news is that, not only was the July event a success, but turnout was better than expected, with 53 attendees, including 20 operating members and nine vendors, according to Cherie Hime, the regional association’s Executive Director.

Planned long before the global pandemic disrupted the industry, the 2020 convention was held
in Bettendorf, Iowa, on July 27-28, at the Isle Casino and Waterfront Convention Center.

CDC protocols

Hime credits the hotel for following social distancing protocols and guidelines from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. Seatings and tables were spaced apart, and hand sanitizer
was readily available. MBMCA also provided free masks from FEMA to attendees.

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