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Thursday, 02 April 2020 19:42

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter Discusses COVID-19 and Stimulus During ASA Briefing

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ASA President Ray Fisher, left, ASA lobbyist Bob Redding, center, and U.S. Rep, Buddy Carter, right, participated in a briefing about the new CARES Act. ASA President Ray Fisher, left, ASA lobbyist Bob Redding, center, and U.S. Rep, Buddy Carter, right, participated in a briefing about the new CARES Act.

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ASA hosted a briefing March 31 to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on the automotive repair industry and the $2 trillion stimulus package, signed into law March 27.

Hosts Ray Fisher, president/executive director of ASA, and Bob Redding, ASA’s Washington, D. C., representative, welcomed a special guest: U. S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-GA, a senior member of the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over many automotive and collision repair industries.

 

“We’re all facing challenges related to (the coronavirus) as individuals, as families, as businesses," Fisher said. "COVID-19 has already begun affecting the automotive and collision repair industry, and ASA has been very busy with various pieces of legislation, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed on Friday evening. As the only association with a full-time representative in the capitol, we wanted to get real, factual information out to shops as soon as possible.”

 

Redding noted several aspects of the CARES Act are important to the collision and automotive industry, and assured participants ASA is working diligently to ensure small business provisions apply for those businesses.

 

Although the SBA has 15 working days to establish regulations, Redding encouraged shop owners to visit the website to start learning about the Enhanced Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) since some information, including the EIDL application, is already available.

 

“It’s very reassuring that the administration is moving quickly with the goal of getting money in the hands of small businesses as soon as possible,” Redding said. “Approximately $377 billion was allotted to the small business space, so that’s really good news for automotive and collision repairers who are struggling during this pandemic.”

 

Carter joined the conversation to share his unique perspective.

 

“There’s a lot of uncertainty out there---and I’d go as far as calling it fear---because no small business owner has experienced this before," Carter said. "We’re in unchartered waters, and a lot of small business owners are uncertain about the future and whether they will be viable through this.


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