Congresswoman Luria Cosponsors the Supporting State and Local Leaders Act

May 11, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria announced her support for legislation to permit tax credits for state and local governments to provide emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave during the public health emergency. The Supporting State and Local Leaders Act (H.R. 6643) would provide economic relief to localities by fixing the existing law regarding sick leave and family leave by allowing state and local governments access to payroll tax credits for emergency paid sick and family leave as employees are impacted by COVID-19.

“State and local governments are facing unprecedented economic pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congresswoman Luria. “The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provided paid sick leave for public employers and small private companies but did not allow a payroll tax credit for the participating government employers. The Supporting State and Local Leaders Act would correct this oversight to provide economic relief to our Commonwealth and localities.”

Currently, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, both public and private employers are required to give their employees paid sick leave relating to COVID-19. However, private companies can claim a payroll tax credit equal to the cost of a sick day and public employers cannot. This newly proposed bill, which Congresswoman Luria is an original cosponsor of, would eliminate the provisions that prohibit state and local governments from being allowed to claim payroll tax credit. This new bill would help the Commonwealth and local municipalities that are struggling with deficits.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.