On March 25, the Senate passed, 96-0, H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It is expected to be taken up by the House of Representatives soon. The CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package, is the third in a series of coronavirus related measures Congress has taken up in recent weeks to address the pandemic sweeping the country. This legislation encompasses a host of provisions that will provide construction employers and employees with critically needed access to capital, expedited cash-flow, worker benefit protection, and critical tax relief, among other things. While this bill is appreciated, due to the unparalleled uncertainty this pandemic has brought, AGC recommended to Congress further measures that must be taken to safeguard the construction industry from the effects of this outbreak.
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