Coronavirus Government Response Update—Support the Clean Start: Back to Work Tax CreditApril 15, 2020
Welcome to the Coronavirus Government Response Update. This information is intended to keep ISSA members up to date on fast-moving government affairs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other public policy issues important to the cleaning industry. Today’s update touches on urging your elected officials to support the Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit, recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to increase the availability of disinfectants, U.S. President Donald Trump easing back on asserting power over governors, and more.
Take Action Now–Urge Your Federal Elected Officials to Support the Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit
ISSA launched its Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit advocacy campaign. The Clean Start: Back to Work Tax Credit would create a refundable tax credit to incentivize businesses to properly clean and disinfect their facilities when “stay-at-home” restrictions are lifted, as well as to help prevent further infections.
EPA Continues Efforts to Increase the Availability of Disinfectant Products for Use Against the Novel Coronavirus
The EPA took additional actions to assure that safe and effective disinfectant products are available to the American public to help combat the spread of COVID-19. In response to reports of shortages of active ingredients used in the surface disinfectants that are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the EPA is temporarily allowing registrants to notify the agency of certain formulation and manufacturing facility changes and immediately release the product for sale without waiting for approval.
Trump Eases Back on Asserting Power over Governors on Reopening
President Trump said he would authorize the country’s governors to reopen their individual economies as they see fit, easing off remarks earlier when he asserted he had “total” authority to dictate when to lift social distancing guidelines. Trump said he would speak in the coming days with all 50 governors to discuss how to reopen the economy, which has cratered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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