O’Halleran Urges Immediate Action for Paycheck Protection Program, Health Care Facilities, Arizona Families

April 16, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, following reports that the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established under the CARES Act, had run out of available funding, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

“Many Arizona businesses have been asked to close their doors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, putting countless out of work. Congressional leadership from both parties and both Houses of Congress must come togethernow to keep this program and our small businesses funded and afloat.

“More than just our businesses are at risk today. Our hospitals and health care providers, state, local, and Tribal governments, and families relying on food and unemployment assistance authorized under the CARES Act are also suffering, and many more are frustrated by a lack of clear coordination at the federal level. We need a new emergency package that not only alleviates the immense stress on our economy and small businesses, but also supports our doctors, nurses, and first responders, communities hit hardest, and families relying on nutrition and checks promised to them under the CARES Act.

“While I wholeheartedly agree that we must heed the advice of public health officials and continue staying home and staying safe, we in Congress cannot sit back while the people we were elected to represent are left floundering. If critical legislation cannot pass because Congress is not physically in Washington, then we need to be there. When programs on which millions of Americans rely are running out of money, Congress is an essential job. We cannot sit by and ask our essential workers—doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, first responders, pharmacists, hospital staff, and hardworking janitors like my father was—to continue to show up and work for us if we are not willing to do the same for them.

“There are safe, socially distant ways we can come together and get this done right, but we must act in a bipartisan way to get this done for the American people now. As members of our body have wisely said, we are the captains of the ship; we are the last to leave.”