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Updated August 20

AAHOA Members, Urge Legislators to Return to Work and Pass a COVID-19 Relief Package NOW

Though Congress officially went on recess this past Friday, the House announced yesterday that it intends to come back into session this weekend to vote on a bill providing an additional $25 billion in funding to the U.S. Postal Service. While in session, the House may vote on some level of coronavirus relief as well. Senate Republicans also are expected to introduce a scaled-back stimulus bill as soon as this week. AAHOA Members, we must keep our voices loud and consistent and our policy priorities front and center as the House returns to Washington and also urge the Senate to come back to the table to complete and pass a relief package ASAP. You can do your part by urging your representative to support hotel industry priorities in the next stimulus package.

Businesses Seek Liability Shield from Congress As COVID-19 Lawsuits Pile Up

The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues – but now on an entirely different front. More than 2,600 coronavirus-related lawsuits have been filed this year, according to the law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which has been tracking the lawsuits. More than 1,300 were filed in the past six weeks – 23 on June 5 alone – prompting business groups to refocus almost all their lobbying efforts on securing liability protections from Congress. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the loudest voices in favor of a liability shield, is calling for Congress to pass legislation before July 4. But with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) saying there won’t be any action on the next coronavirus bill until after the two-week July 4 recess, it isn’t likely to happen. Read more here and keep track of the lawsuits nationwide here.

Resource Guide for AAHOA Members: How to Contact Your Congressional District Offices

If you are looking for assistance with PPP or EIDL Loans, contacting the district office of your Representative or Senators can be helpful and make a big impact. AAHOA has created a brand-new guide to help walk members through how to find congressional district office contact information for their Representatives and Senators.

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Sign Up Your Hotel Now - Governments Need AAHOA Members' Help with Housing Needs

AAHOA is actively working with our partners in government and industry as it relates to State, Local, and Federal outreach to hotel owners regarding leasing/purchasing of hotels to meet the demand for immediate housing of individuals impacted by COVID-19. Please fill out this form if you might be interested in volunteering your property and look to your inbox for more in the coming days. We have compiled a checklist of items for you to consider here before proceeding. 

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