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Detroit Regional Chamber Statement on Congress Passing a Coronavirus Relief

Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah issued the following statement regarding Congress passing a Coronavirus relief package Monday, Dec. 21:

“The Chamber commends Congress for putting Americans first and passing a bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package. The renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program combined with the enhanced federal unemployment assistance will put financial resources into the hands of the businesses and individuals facing the greatest hardship from the pandemic.

Compromise is hard work. While the Chamber’s open letter to Michigan’s Congressional delegation on December 8 called for legal protection for business, the letter also stressed the need for bipartisanship. We recognize that neither side got every element they wanted in this outcome, reflecting a true compromise.

This is only a first step in addressing the ongoing economic crisis created by COVID-19. More relief will be needed. Democrats and Republicans must continue working together to find common ground and do more to support businesses, individuals, and states during this time of unprecedented disruption.”