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  • HUD awards 20 Million Dollars for Eviction Protection and Diversion

    HUD awards 20 Million Dollars for Eviction Protection and Diversion

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards $20 Million for Eviction Protection and Diversion site




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: November 23, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Tuesday announced $20 million in inaugural grants from its Eviction Protection Grant Program, the first of its kind for the Department. These grants will be awarded to legal service providers to assist in providing legal assistance to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction. The Eviction Protection Grant Program is part of HUD’s continued work, as part of a whole of government approach, to support families recovering from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD has selected and offered grants to 10 organizations from across the country to support their ability to expand resolution options for clients at ...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: October 29, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP does not help meet this goal,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration. MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program Milestone

    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Milestone
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    In Less Than Two Months, One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness through Agency’s PPP Portal 

    Administrator Guzman highlights new Direct Forgiveness Portal and other innovations as critical to accelerating reviews and approvals



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration press release dated: September 22, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a major milestone today as its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth PPP loan forgiveness application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. “We are committed to delivering against the promise of forgiveness for our eligible PPP borrowers. Our innovative direct forgiveness portal is helping our PPP borrowe
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional Month to July 30, 2021

    Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional Month to July 30, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: June 25, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional month to July 30, 2021. The extension is being made as an operational accommodation to allow additional processing time for banks, community development financial institutions, and other financial institutions to pledge to the facility any Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loans approved by the Small Business Administration through the June 30 expiration of the PPP program. The PPPLF extends term credit to financial institutions making PPP loans, accepting the PPP loans as collateral. The liquidity provided ...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Today that Eligible Businesses Can Now Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Today that Eligible Businesses Can Now Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program | site |




    $3 Billion can be used to help cover employee compensation costs for up to six months


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 15, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program. The Department is encouraging eligible businesses of all sizes to apply for funding to protect jobs for workers as the industry climbs back from the impacts of the pandemic. This program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Before the pandemic, the aerospace industry was estimated to employ approximately 2.2 million workers, including 1.2 million who worked in various parts of the supply chai
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately 25 million Dollars Against Air Canada for allegedly Extreme Delays in Providing Required Refunds

    U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection Initiates Enforcement Proceeding Seeking Approximately $25 million Against Air Canada for allegedly Extreme Delays in Providing Required Refunds | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 15, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) today announced that it has filed a formal complaint against Air Canada with an Administrative Law Judge regarding the carrier’s failure to provide refunds in a timely manner to thousands of consumers who requested them for flights to or from the United States that the carrier canceled or significantly changed. The OACP is seeking a civil penalty of $25,550,000 for Air Canada’s extreme delays in providing the required refunds. The civil penalty amount is based on a variety of factors, such as the consumer harm ca...
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  • EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

    EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army announce intent to Revise Definition of "Waters of the United States" | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: June 9, 2021) Washington - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army (the agencies) are announcing their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to better protect our nation’s vital water resources that support public health, environmental protection, agricultural activity, and economic growth. As described in an EPA declaration requesting remand of the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a broad array of stakeholders—including states, Tribes, local governments, scientists, and non-governmental organizations—are seeing destructive impacts to critical water bodies under the 2020 rule. “After reviewing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule as directed by Pre...
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  • EPA Approves Air Permit for Construction & Operation of Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Project

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Approves Air Permit for Construction & Operation of Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Project | site |


    EPA says action allows work to begin on clean & renewable energy project


    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press release dated: May 19, 2021)

    Boston - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final Clean Air Act Outer Continental Shelf air quality permit to Vineyard Wind 1, LLC. The permit includes air pollution control requirements for the construction and operation of the 800-MW windfarm. By issuing this permit, construction can now begin on the nation's first major offshore wind project, which will be in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The permit regulates pollutants from "Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) sources," such as jack-up barges that will construct each wind turbine and the electrical service platforms. Additionall...
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  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Designs CBP One™ Mobile App to streamline lawful travel to United States

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection Designs CBP One™ Mobile App to streamline lawful travel to United States| site |


    Secure App will offer a range of services for stakeholders and travelers


    (Information contained in U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release dated: February 22, 2021) Washington - - To support its innovation efforts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) built a mobile application to serve as the single point of entry for travelers and stakeholders to access CBP mobile applications and services. Through a series of intuitive questions, the app will guide users to the appropriate services based on their particular needs, such as reporting their arrival, completing documents, or making appointments for CBP services. The CBP One™ Mobile App will provide travelers, in particular, an opportunity to streamline their travel into the United States by providing information before or upon their arrival or departure. It also incr...
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  • SBA Fact Sheet - - - Changes to Paycheck Protection Program by Biden-Harris Administration Increase Equitable Access to Relief

    U.S. Small Business Administration Fact Sheet: Changes to Paycheck Protection Program by Biden-Harris Administration Increase Equitable Access to Relief | site |



    SBA says "Early indications show program reforms and efforts to engage with communities authentically are working in meaningful ways."


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: March 9, 2021)

    Two weeks ago, the Biden-Harris Administration made several reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to further ensure small businesses get the help they need, especially Mom-and-Pop businesses in underserved communities. Putting equity at the center of its policies and programs, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a comprehensive plan to engage small businesses and nonprofits, focusing on building trust in underserved communities. The cornerstone of reforms included a 14-day exclusivity period (February 24-Mar...
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by three Months to June 30, 2021

    Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by three Months to June 30, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: March 8, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced it will extend its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by three months to June 30, 2021. The extension will provide continued support for the flow of credit to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. The PPPLF extends term credit to financial institutions making PPP loans, accepting the PPP loans as collateral. The liquidity provided by the PPPLF helps eligible financial institutions fund additional PPP loans. The PPPLF was established under the Board's 13(3) authority and the extension from March 31 to June 30, 2021, was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury. The other currently active 13(3)...
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  • SBA and Lenders take more steps to improve Paycheck Protection Program

    U.S. Small Business Administration and Lenders take more steps to improve Paycheck Protection Program | site |



    Loan data shows 1.3 million loans and significant increase to underserved entrepreneurs


    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration and lenders are taking more strides to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so that small businesses can access much needed PPP funds to persevere through the pandemic, recover, and build back better. The Administration is working with the Agency to increase equitable access to underserved small businesses, to assure the integrity of the program, and to promote rapid and efficient distribution of funds.

    This week, the SBA hit a major milestone of approving $104 billion of PPP funds to more than 1.3 million small businesses. Highlights from this round include:
    • Reaching more of the smallest businesses; 82% of all loans going to businesses
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency article says EPA Takes Action to Protect Scientific Integrity | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    Washington (February 9, 2021) - - President Biden’s Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was issued on January 27, 2021, emphasizes the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to making evidence-based decisions and developing policies and programs that are guided by the best available scientific data. The memo further stipulates, “Improper political interference in the work of Federal scientists or other scientists who support the work of the Federal Government and in the communication of scientific facts undermines the welfare of the Nation, contributes to systemic inequities and injustices, and violates the trust that the public places in g
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  • Federal Reserve Board announces the second Extension of a Rule to bolster the effectiveness of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program

    Federal Reserve Board announces the second Extension of a Rule to bolster the effectiveness of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) | site |


    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 9, 2021)

    The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced the second extension of a rule to bolster the effectiveness of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Like the earlier extensions, this one will temporarily modify the Board's rules so that certain bank directors and shareholders can apply to their banks for PPP loans for their small businesses. To prevent favoritism, the Board limits the types and quantity of loans that bank directors, shareholders, officers, and businesses owned by these persons can receive from their affiliated banks. However, these limits have prevented some small business owners from accessing PPP loans—especially in rural ar...
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  • Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate

    Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate | site |



    (Information contained in National Right to Life Committee [NRLC] press release dated: January 29, 2021)


    Washington - - On Thursday, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) reintroduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in the U.S. Senate. Today, Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Whip, and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) reintroduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “The Born-Alive Abortions Survivors Protection Act is reasonable legislation that would protect a baby born alive following an abortion,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “We thank Senator Sasse, Whip Scalise, and Representative Wagner for reintroducing this critical life-saving legislation.” The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that, when a baby is born alive following an abortion, health care
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    HUD awards 20 Million Dollars for Eviction Protection and Diversion
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awards $20 Million for Eviction Protection and Diversion site




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: November 23, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Tuesday announced $20 million in inaugural grants from its Eviction Protection Grant Program, the first of its kind for the Department. These grants will be awarded to legal service providers to assist in providing legal assistance to low-income tenants at risk of or subject to eviction. The Eviction Protection Grant Program is part of HUD’s continued work, as part of a whole of government approach, to support families recovering from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. HUD has selected and offered grants to 10 organizations from across the country to support their ability to expand resolution options for clients at ...
    11-25-2021, 06:48 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues A New Memo to Terminate Migrant Protection Protocols | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: October 29, 2021)

    Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today issued a new memorandum announcing and explaining his decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. “This Administration is tackling longstanding problems that have plagued our immigration system for decades in order to achieve needed systemic change. MPP does not help meet this goal,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “MPP had endemic flaws, imposed unjustifiable human costs, pulled resources and personnel away from other priority efforts, and did not address the root causes of irregular migration. MPP not only undercuts the Administration’s ability to implement critically needed and foundational changes to the immigration
    ...
    11-08-2021, 10:17 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program Milestone
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Announces New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Milestone
    | site |



    In Less Than Two Months, One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness through Agency’s PPP Portal 

    Administrator Guzman highlights new Direct Forgiveness Portal and other innovations as critical to accelerating reviews and approvals



    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration press release dated: September 22, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a major milestone today as its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth PPP loan forgiveness application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. “We are committed to delivering against the promise of forgiveness for our eligible PPP borrowers. Our innovative direct forgiveness portal is helping our PPP borrowe
    ...
    10-14-2021, 03:00 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional Month to July 30, 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Reserve Board announces it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional Month to July 30, 2021 | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: June 25, 2021) The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced it will extend for a final time its Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, or PPPLF, by an additional month to July 30, 2021. The extension is being made as an operational accommodation to allow additional processing time for banks, community development financial institutions, and other financial institutions to pledge to the facility any Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loans approved by the Small Business Administration through the June 30 expiration of the PPP program. The PPPLF extends term credit to financial institutions making PPP loans, accepting the PPP loans as collateral. The liquidity provided ...
    07-14-2021, 09:04 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Today that Eligible Businesses Can Now Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Today that Eligible Businesses Can Now Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program | site |




    $3 Billion can be used to help cover employee compensation costs for up to six months


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Transportation press release dated: June 15, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program. The Department is encouraging eligible businesses of all sizes to apply for funding to protect jobs for workers as the industry climbs back from the impacts of the pandemic. This program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Before the pandemic, the aerospace industry was estimated to employ approximately 2.2 million workers, including 1.2 million who worked in various parts of the supply chai
    ...
    06-18-2021, 07:40 AM

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