Stevens Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Assist Local Chambers of Commerce and Other Non-Profits

May 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to assist local chambers of commerce and other nonprofits who support small businesses as they provide critical guidance and resources to help our Main Street economy weather the current downturn.

The Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act, new bipartisan legislation led by Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), would expand the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program to include local chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and other 501(c)(6) non-profits that are supporting local businesses during this pandemic.

“Local chambers of commerce in Michigan’s 11th District are doing their best to
help Main Street businesses survive this crisis, but they are experiencing challenges of their own,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “If our economy is going to successfully hibernate during this pandemic, we need the dedicated professionals at our local chambers of commerce providing critical guidance and resources to struggling small businesses. The bipartisan Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act will help small businesses in my district by ensuring that local chambers of commerce are at full strength when our communities need them most.

Last month, Congresswoman Stevens
cosponsored the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act, legislation to shore up the Paycheck Protection Program to ensure all eligible small businesses have access to capital through the duration of the pandemic.