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Yesterday, the Trump administration added teachers to a federal list of essential workers. This list also includes professors, librarians, cafeteria workers, school administrators, bus drivers, and crossing guards, among other school-related roles.
More than two dozen trade groups wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging them to find a way to address the uncertainty generated by President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this month suspending collection of payroll taxes. “Without Congressional action to forgive this liability, it threatens to impose serious hardships on employees who will face a large tax bill as a result of deferral,” the trade groups wrote.
Among the trade groups that signed the letter: the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Association of Realtors, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed “serious concerns” about President Donald Trump ’s executive order delaying the collection of payroll taxes. Not only is Trump’s executive order “surrounded by uncertainty as to its application and implementation, it creates a substantial tax liability for employees at the end of the deferral period,” Caroline Harris, the Chamber’s vice president for tax policy and economic development, wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
President Trump released guidance on how schools should safety reopen.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to a fake page used for malicious re-directs and credential stealing. Small business owners and organizations at all levels should review the alert and apply the recommended mitigations to strengthen the security posture of their systems. We encourage you to share this alert with anyone who might be able to use it. This alert can be found here and at cisa.gov/coronavirus.
President Trump held a press conference to brief the public on the Administration’s COVID-19 response. Nationwide, the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6% from the week before and the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7% to 8% over that same period of time.
President Trump participated in a COVID-19 Response and Storm Preparedness Roundtable in Belleair, Florida where he detailed the latest surge of testing, equipment, and resources to Florida and across the country.
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