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USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

March 26, 2020

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Read the full announcement to learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing…

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COVID-19 SBA LOAN PROGRAMS

March 26, 2020

The following is a summary from our lobbying firm Cornerstone Government Affairs of the two small business loan programs created as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The first program was created through the passage of what we are calling the “COVID-I” legislation. That bill created a $1 billion fund to immediately assist small businesses…

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Georgia Bio Signs-on Multi-Association Letter on Buy American Executive Order

March 25, 2020

Today Georgia Bio joins several other associations to sign-on the U.S. Chamber Letter to Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Ross, Ambassador Lighthizer, and Director Kudlow. The letter respectfully ask that the Trump administration defer moves to expand the reach of “Buy American” mandates to the medical equipment and biopharmaceutical sector during the present national emergency. Please see…

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COVID-19 March 24, 2020 Federal Update

March 25, 2020

Legislation Supplemental III – “COVID-III” The hope continues to be that a deal can come together, that a time agreement can be reached, and that the Senate can vote expeditiously – if not yesterday night, then certainly by today. Absent any deal, the Senate would vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the…

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Georgia Bio Sends Governor Kemp Shelter in Place Exemption Language

March 24, 2020

On behalf of Georgia Bio and our members we asked Governor Kemp to consider shelter in place orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia to allow biopharmaceutical and medical device and diagnostics companies and distributors to operate so that prescription drugs and medical supplies remain accessible to those who need them. To effectuate…

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