ICYMI: Congresswoman Luria Joins Delegate Fowler in a Tele-town Hall to Discuss Small Businesses During COVID-19

July 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congresswoman Luria joined Delegate Fowler, Joni Marshall with the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, and Kim Brewer from the Virginia Department of General Services at a tele-town hall to discuss economic relief programs available to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was an honor to have the opportunity to connect with constituents during Delegate Kelly Fowler’s tele-town hall to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses in our community,” said Congresswoman Luria. “As a former small business owner, I know how difficult these times have been for businesses and my office stands ready to assist constituents with navigating federal economic relief programs.”

"It's so important that we collaborate across all levels of government to ensure that Virginian business owners have the resources they need to thrive. Now more than ever, our businesses need our support. I am glad that we were able to facilitate this dialogue to ensure our small businesses have access to vital resources,” said Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (HD-21).

Congresswoman Luria has been on the forefront in fighting for small business during this global pandemic. In addition to voting for the CARES Act, Congresswoman Luria supported the PPP Flexibility Act, which raised the percentage of the PPP loan that businesses may spend on non-payroll costs from 25% to 40%, allows businesses to spend their proceeds within 24 weeks instead of 8 weeks, and gives business owners at least 5 years to pay back their loan. It also ensures that the PPP will not be taxable in any way and gives businesses more flexibility if they are unable to rehire an employee. Congresswoman Luria also supported the TRUTH Act, which would provide small business owners access to an online, searchable, sortable, and downloadable resource for economic relief programs.

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.