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Sun, Mar 07, 2021

NBAA Approves Senate Passage of Controversial COVID-Relief Bill

Bill Will Now Go Back To The House Of Representatives

NBAA is applauding the United States Senate passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package which provides additional targeted relief for the aviation industry -- despite the fact that the bill is being extensively criticized for being packed with 'pork' and only dedicates a small percentage of the proceeds to actual COVID relief.

The bill will now go back to the House of Representatives for final consideration and passage before being sent to President Biden.

Under the bill, the Payroll Support Program (PSP) for air carriers and general aviation commercial operators would receive $14 billion, plus another $1 billion for qualifying contractors. The Department of the Treasury is directed to distribute funds by April 15 and extend the program through September 2021.

The legislation also provides an additional $8 billion in funding for airport infrastructure projects, $100 million of which would be designated for general aviation and non-primary airports.

Included in the legislation is the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act, initially introduced by Reps. Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) and Ron Estes (R-4-KS). This establishes a temporary relief program to provide a 50% cost-share to help cover costs of pay, benefits, and training for aerospace manufacturing employees at risk of being furloughed or who were furloughed due to the pandemic.

For small businesses, the legislation includes an additional $15 billion for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The far-reaching package also includes as much as $14 billion for vaccine distribution and billions for healthcare-focused initiatives, including expanded COVID-19 testing and tracing.

FMI: www.senate.gov, www.nbaa.org

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