Luján Meets with New Mexico Chamber Executives Association, Discusses COVID-19 Relief for Local Economies
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) met with the New Mexico Chamber Executives Association to discuss COVID-19 relief for local economies, support for workers and small businesses, and much-needed investments to bridge the digital divide. More than 25 Chambers of Commerce were represented in the virtual meeting.
“It was a pleasure meeting with Chambers of Commerce from across New Mexico – including those representing our smallest communities,” said Luján. “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated local economies, and it’s crucial that the American Rescue Plan is passed without delay to keep workers and small businesses afloat and ensure that local, state, and Tribal governments receive direct support. Alongside our Chambers of Commerce, I look forward to using my voice in the Senate to deliver the urgent COVID-19 relief that our communities need to weather this pandemic.”
“We are grateful to Senator Luján for meeting with Chambers of Commerce from around the State to discuss urgent economic relief for New Mexicans during this pandemic. Senator Luján has been a strong advocate for New Mexico’s small businesses and workers, and we look forward to our continued partnership. I encourage small businesses in need of support to contact their local Chamber for assistance,” said Debbi Moore, President/CEO of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and President of the New Mexico Chamber Execs Association.
The COVID-19 relief and government funding legislation passed in December included expanded eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program to allow for Chambers of Commerce to receive aid. An important lifeline for small businesses, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors through Tuesday, March 9, at 3 p.m. MT. More information can be found here.