The deadline to join ASAE’s community sign-on letter requesting assistance for associations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended to Monday, June 29. Click here to add your organization’s name to the letter.

More than 1,500 associations have already joined the letter, which calls for 501(c)(6) associations to be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and reauthorization of the PPP until at least Dec. 31, 2020; passage of the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, which would create a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies; and passage of the Skills Renewal Act, which would provide Americans who have been laid off or furloughed during COVID-19 a $4,000 tax credit to pursue post-secondary skills training and career development.

The sign-on letter will be delivered to Congress next week in advance of the next COVID-19 relief package taking shape in the Senate. Senate Republicans met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week to outline priorities in the next package, which is expected to be a smaller, more targeted bill than the House-passed HEROES Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to assess economic conditions with states in various stages of reopening and will likely begin drafting a bill after the two-week Fourth of July recess.

ASAE has been talking with offices in both chambers to build support for 501(c)(6) relief via the PPP, but it remains uncertain whether association-specific relief will be included in the next COVID relief bill. Association leaders with an interest in joining ASAE meetings with congressional staff on this issue are encouraged to email us at publicpolicy@asaecenter.org.

Building support for ASAE’s policy asks was a key outcome of American Associations Week (AAW), which wrapped up last week. AAW was developed as a free, virtual education and advocacy event for associations to get the latest intel on ASAE’s policy asks, engage with policymakers and participate in sessions on timely advocacy topics. ASAE logged more than 1,700 registrations for AAW sessions throughout the week. To access AAW materials and view the virtual sessions held last week, visit our AAW resource page.