AIA Welcomes Introduction of Bipartisan Senate Bill to Extend Federal Contractor COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Authorities

Arlington, Va. — This week, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced S.460, a bipartisan bill that would extend the authority of Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The legislation would allow federal contractors to reimburse employees unable to perform work due to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 31, 2021, to September 30, 2021. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Vice President of Legislative Affairs Tim McClees released the following statement in support of the bill:

“The severity and length of the COVID-19 crisis are dual challenges that continue to affect our employees and operations. Section 3610 of the CARES Act has served as an important source of relief for our industrial base as we manage these obstacles. It enables aerospace and defense workers to continue to safely support vital NASA and national security programs. We applaud Senators Rubio and Warner for taking bipartisan action to support our workforce and supply chain, which are essential to America’s safety, security and recovery.”

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