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House Democrats Introduce Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Bill

Yesterday, House Democratic leaders introduced H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, which provides more than $3 trillion in COVID-19 relief funding for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments. The bill is expected to receive a vote in the House on Friday. The House legislation was crafted largely along partisan lines and is not expected to receive a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate without significant changes to the bill. The text of the legislation can be found here and a section-by-section summary here . A detailed summary of the small business provisions can be found here and here.

NLBMDA recently sent a letter to the White House and Congress which included a list priorities important to the lumber and building material (LBM) industry as they continue to negotiate a “Phase 4” relief package. NLBMDA has also created a grassroots action alert that allows members to contact their Representative and Senators in support of these priorities.

To read the full statement, please click here.

NLBMDA Sends Phase 4 Priorities to Congress and White House

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recently sent a list of priorities important to the lumber and building material (LBM) industry to the White House and Congress as they continue to negotiate a “Phase 4” relief package.

"As the federal government considers the next of phase of COVID-19 relief legislation, NLBMDA believes it is critical for Congress and the Administration to continue to provide robust support to small businesses harmed by the pandemic,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. "NLBMDA’s recommendations for Phase 4 relief focus on short-term solutions to help lumber and building material dealers and residential construction as well as longer‐term solutions that will continue the recovery in the future.”

To read the full NLBMDA Statement, please click here.

SBA Clarifies PPP Loan Good-Faith Certifications

Over the past several weeks, NLBMDA has been lobbying the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding outstanding issues with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and questions about certifications and liquidity. We are pleased to report that in the last hour, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued  updated guidance that directly responds to NLBMDA’s questions.

SBA has clarified that all borrowers who received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith.

This updated guidance is a direct result of the grassroots advocacy of NLBMDA members and the hard work of our Federated Association Executives and NLBMDA thanks them for their efforts.

To read the full statement, please click here.

NLBMDA Successful as SBA Agrees to Move Safe Harbor Date to May 14

In the last hour, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued updated guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), specifically on the safe harbor date. This date is the final day to return PPP loans considering new guidance that the government will consider a business’s “ability to access other sources of liquidity”. This was not clearly defined, which NLBMDA felt was unacceptable for dealers.

Originally set at May 7th, NLBMDA has been lobbying SBA and the Department of the Treasury to move the safe harbor date, and called for new guidance. We are pleased to report that SBA’s  updated guidance  granted both requests.

For more information, please click here.

NLBMDA Call to Action: Take Action on PPP Loan Deductibility

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance stating that expenses related to forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will not be tax-deductible. When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in March, the intent of the legislation was to maximize small businesses’ ability to maintain liquidity and retain their employees during the COVID-19 health crisis. This latest guidance by the IRS contradicts this intent. Further, NLBMDA believes it is unfair for the IRS to change the rules of road after thousands of small businesses have already made loan decisions based on Congress's original intent in the CARES Act.

NLBMDA encourages members to reach out to their Representative and Senators to urge them to preserve tax deductions for PPP loan expenses in the next COVID-19 relief bill by  clicking here

NLBMDA Chair Message By Robert P. Sanford:  NLBMDA's COVID-19 Federal Relief Efforts Yield Significant Results in a Short Period of Time

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major shifts in how business is conducted. LBM dealers around the U.S. have dealt with issues ranging from essential business designations, to small business loan programs, to new employee leave policies, to ensuring the safety of employees and customers. The federal government has taken several steps at the legislative and agency levels, and NLBMDA has been leading the way on behalf of the industry and has taken several critical actions over the past several weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of these actions and remind you why it is so important to have representation in Washington D.C. and for us to be an active and engaged member of the NLBMDA.

To read the full message, please click here.

NLBMDA Applauds House of Representatives for Passing Additional COVID-19 Business Relief

[WASHINGTON] – Today, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement applauding the House of Representatives for passing NLBMDA-backed legislation to immediately replenish the small business loan programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

“NLBMDA is pleased to see the House act swiftly to pass additional loan funding and calls on President Trump to quickly sign this into law,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “LBM dealers are some of the most essential businesses in the United States and it is crucial that they have access to relief programs as this pandemic continues. Prior to funding for these programs running out, NLBMDA has been urging Congress to take this step to replenish these programs and we applaud them for their bipartisan work on behalf of America’s small businesses.”

To read the full statement, please click here.

NLBMDA Joins Safety Stand Down for COVID-19 Workplace Safety Awareness

[WASHINGTON] – Today, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) urged its members to join a multi-industry effort to “stand down” for workplace safety awareness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. NLBMDA issued the following statement:

“NLBMDA has a long history of commitment to health and safety and that is more important now than ever,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “This stand down will reaffirm our members’ dedication to a safe workplace and ensure that employers and employees are educated on the steps needed to protect all individuals. We are proud to join others in the construction industry in this effort today.”

As part of the stand down, NLBMDA members are being asked to pause all work for at least 10 minutes to communicate coronavirus safety precautions, such as maintaining a distance of no less than six feet with others at all times, cleaning and sanitizing frequently used tools, equipment, and frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis and ensuring the proper sanitation of common surfaces and equipment. NLBMDA has also compiled the important health and safety information in the COVID-19 Action Resource Center , located on the NLBMDA website.

NLBMDA Secures Another Industry Victory: DHS Designates Construction as Essential

[WASHINGTON D.C.] – NLBMDA and its industry partners secured a victory on March 28 when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued version 2.0 of its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response.  The Guidance now includes construction, building product manufacturing and its supply chain as essential critical infrastructure.  

While the DHS guidance is not a federal directive, this recognition is critical towards encouraging state and local governments to maintain construction and building product manufacturing operations, including supply chains, as essential critical infrastructure. These operations are important for lumber and building material (LBM) dealers and their ability to continue operating. LBM dealers were previously designated as essential critical infrastructure and NLBMDA has been working with DHS and other industry groups to have the Agency recognize construction as essential.

“NLBMDA made a strong case to CISA that construction activity is critical for both the COVID-19 response and the U.S. economy as a whole,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA president and CEO. “We are pleased to see this recognition and will be urging state and local governments to follow the CISA guidance on construction to ensure LBM dealers and their supply chain can continue operating to help their communities and the domestic economy.”
 

NLBMDA Applauds Senate for COVID-19 Relief Bill – Includes QIP Fix

[WASHINGTON D.C.] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of a $2 trillion relief package late Wednesday night, which contains several programs to assist businesses, including the NLBMDA-backed Qualified Improvement Act (QIP) fix.

“NLBMDA applauds the Senate for taking this important step to stabilize the U.S. economy and provide relief to American businesses and workers,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “In particular, we are pleased that the Senate took our recommendations on loans for small businesses and the qualified improvement property fix, which NLBMDA members have been pushing Congress for. This speaks to the strength of NLBMDA’s voice in Washington and the influence the LBM industry has. Our work is not yet done, and we will continue to work on behalf of the industry for important economic solutions to ensure dealers, workers, and all in their supply chain can safely and effectively prevail.”

NLBMDA is continuing to engage with Congress and other industry stakeholders as this legislation now moves to the House of Representatives.  

NLBMDA Issues Statement on Federal Guidance Protecting the LBM Industry As "Essential" 

[WASHINGTON] – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) issued the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) guidance document aimed at protecting the LBM industry. NLBMDA had sent a letter to both the President and Congressional leadership urging that the lumber and building material (LBM) dealer industry be designated as “essential.” 

“This is a big win for our industry. NLBMDA has been working over the past week to educate federal policymakers about why the LBM industry is essential to both the economy and the COVID-19 response. We are pleased to see that the Administration, through DHS, has agreed with our association and included those who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, such as lumber, in their definition of essential critical infrastructure workers,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “In lobbying the Administration, we made the case that LBM dealers are critical to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic through supporting the residential and commercial construction sectors, selling vital cleaning and disinfection products, and supplying well-paying jobs. NLBMDA will now work with our Federated Associations to ensure that state and local governments properly implement this federal guidance and keep LBM dealers’ doors open."

Click here to view the full statement       

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