Senate Schedules Vote on “Dead” ‘Skinny’ Relief Bill

Despite reports of its demise until after the presidential election on November 3, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on another skinny $500 billion relief bill for next week. It would appear the upcoming vote on the $500 billion relief bill is an effort to force the democrat (Pelosi)-led US House to…

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New Relief Bill Dead Until After Election

As has been widely reported, President Trump has called off further negotiations with the House over another round of COVID relief legislation coming out of Congress, pointing to the alleged intransigence of House leadership to negotiate in good faith. Consequently, with only 26 days until the Presidential election (but possibly months until a winner is…

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House Passes Relief Bill, Excludes Franchises

Late yesterday, by a highly partisan vote of 214 – 207, House Democrats approved a revised, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that included $120 billion in direct assistance to independent restaurants, food trucks and bars but specifically excluded franchises! This version is the first that includes the $120 billion proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition in…

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CFA Call to Action

Whether it’s the “Problem Solver Compromise” or some other legislative relief, let’s capitalize on the dwindling days of 2020. With less than four weeks of legislative days left on the 2020 calendar, Congress has little time to pass a stimulus package to help franchisees during this critical time. It is time to end partisan politics!…

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CFA on OAN

Misty Chally, Executive Director of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), was a guest on the Wall to Wall program on the One America News (OAN) network yesterday discussing a number of franchise owner concerns. Specifically, she addressed the possible negative tax ramifications for small businesses that accepted Paycheck Protection Program loans if the pending…

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CFA Congressional Town Hall Next Thursday

Less than one week remains until the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) hosts its next Congressional virtual town hall discussion, this one with Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13). Click here to register. Representative Davis, whose father worked at a McDonald’s restaurant before he became a McDonald’s franchisee, learned many aspects of the franchise world from watching…

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Paycheck Protection Program Expired

One of the bigger issues surrounding the failure of Congress to reach agreement on a new coronavirus relief package is the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The loan program, which originally was scheduled to expire back in June, was extended until August 8 by Congress at the end of June. It was anticipated…

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Congress Needs Your Input on Next Relief Bill

If you’ve already reached out to your congressman and advocated for needed amendments to the HEALS Act, thank you. If you haven’t, then we need you to do so ASAP!!  As we advised this week in an Action Alert Membership Update sent out yesterday to all members, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools…

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Senate Files Latest Relief Bill

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans formally filed their long-awaited latest version of a “Phase 4” economic relief package, titled the “Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act”. The bill contains many of the key legislative priorities that we were working to include, but much work is still needed and there will be lengthy…

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Congress Passes PPP Reforms

In a major victory for small businesses across the nation, and restaurants in particular, the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on Wednesday evening and sent it to the President, who signed it into law late yesterday. The legislation (H.R. 7010), which passed the House last week by an overwhelming vote of…

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