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Riggleman co-sponsors HEROES Act

Denver Riggleman

I am continuing to fight to get our frontline healthcare workers the tax breaks they deserve.

I became the first member of Congress to co-sponsor the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act. This bill introduced by Congressman Bill Huizinga puts the needs of our frontline healthcare workers first by giving them a tax holiday while they battle the COVID-19 virus.

On Wednesday evening I held my fifth telephone town hall during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was joined by Congressman Steve Chabot, the ranking member on the House Committee on Small Business. Congressman Chabot and I answered questions from 5th District constituents who had questions on a wide variety of issues including the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to businesses.

The Small Business Administration has approved more than 475,000 loans for a total of more than $52 billion from more than 5,100 lenders. The PPP has been a hugely popular program and one of the most important pieces of keeping the economy healthy. This $52 billion is in addition to the first tranche of PPP loans, where more than $340 billion went out to more than 1.6 million small businesses including more than 40,000 businesses in Virginia receiving at least $8 billion in loans.

Virginia’s statewide Stay-at-Home Order to protect the health and safety of Virginians is still in effect. The order will remain in place until June 10, unless rescinded. I ask all 5th District residents to continue to practice social distancing.

Denver Riggleman represents Charlotte in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached by visiting or by phone at (434) 973-9631.