Press ReleaseDecember 1, 2020

Job Creators Network Announces “Operation May Day” to Lead Push for Paycheck Protection Program Renewal

Alfredo Ortiz: “Small Businesses across America are in desperate need of immediate assistance to keep employees on the payroll and their businesses operating until May. This is Defcon 5 for Small Business.”

Washington, DC (December 1, 2020) — Today, Job Creators Network (JCN) is launching “Operation May Day” – a new campaign to get Congress to pass a renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to keep small businesses financially-viable through May.

With states beginning a new wave of lockdowns, PPP renewal is urgent to avoid a new wave of business closures and layoffs as COVID-19 cases grow and will likely accelerate through the winter. The first phase of “Operation May Day” is a letter to congressional leaders about the importance of PPP renewal. The letter, which went out today, can be read here. In the coming days and weeks, “Operation May Day” will use multi-media tools to build grassroots support and activate voters for PPP legislation.

In the letter, Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, wrote, “The PPP is a bipartisan success story and one of the most successful government programs of all time… Unfortunately, the program expired on August 8th. Since then, the PPP has been held hostage by partisan wrangling over a new relief bill… This is an urgent issue because states and localities are beginning another wave of lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19… The best way to mitigate the economic catastrophe of a second lockdown is to renew the PPP and to get it passed and signed into law before the end of the year. President Trump and congressional leaders in both parties have already said PPP renewal must be included in the next relief bill. Therefore, there is no excuse for delay. The time is now. Nothing is more urgent.”

To read JCN’s letter to Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, and Minority Leader Schumer, please click here.

Today, published Mr. Ortiz’s op-ed, Pass PPP as a Small-Business Bridge to Post-Vaccine Future. To read it, click here.