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Immigration - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue. [DATE REMOVED], we had a bipartisan agreement on immigration and border security — but, as usual, Washington put politics ahead of results. Only in Congress could politicians fail to do anything on a subject where they had agreement.  President Trump has made matters worse by creating a humanitarian crisis at our southern border — separating children from their families and placing them in cages, allowing legitimate claims for asylum to go unheard, and using humanitarian aid for the Northern Triangle as a bargaining chip. His administration is wasting tens of billions of dollars on an ineffective border wall and the deportation of law-abiding, long-term residents. The broken immigration system is hurting our economy and creating a culture of fear that makes all Americans less safe. By supporting President Trump’s policies, Senator Gardner is making our problems worse. As Governor, I took decisive action to address our immigration challenges while keeping Coloradans safe. I signed historic legislation granting in-state tuition to DREAMers — one of the first such bills in the nation. I initiated a new program to make our roads safer by granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, which makes it easier for people to have car insurance and pass the same safe driving tests required of everyone else. And I actively opposed Trump’s horrific decision to end DACA.  Meanwhile, in Washington, when we were on the cusp of passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, Senator Gardner opposed it and helped block its passage in the House. We had a bipartisan agreement on both immigration and border security, but, as usual, Washington put politics ahead of results. We need to adequately fund our current immigration system so that lawyers, interpreters, and judges can provide timely and fair adjudication for the nearly one million pending cases. We need to immediately establish processing centers for families at our southern border and fully restore humanitarian and security aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Finally, we must provide overdue refugee assistance and access to medical services for immigrant families. In the long term, our country will be more secure if we enact common-sense immigration reform that achieves the dual objective of creating a pathway to citizenship while ensuring border security and protecting American workers. It is within the power of the U.S. Senate to act on this issue and requires political will that Senator Gardner has seemed to be unable to muster. If elected to the Senate, I am committed to reversing the Trump Administration’s harmful immigration agenda and helping to restore humanity to a broken system. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Join Us Email Address Zip Code Phone Number By providing your cell phone number you consent to receive 10 or more recurring updates or donation asks each month from Hickenlooper for Colorado by automated text message. Txt HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg&Data rates may apply. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. Home Privacy Policy Terms Accessibility Volunteer Donate PAID FOR BY HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 hello@hickenlooper.com Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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We need to take action now to protect our small businessesSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Saving our Small Businesses Half of small businesses only have about a [DATE REMOVED] cash buffer before they collapse, but most Colorado businesses have been asked to close through late [DATE REMOVED] at the earliest as we work to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Washington said help was on the way but for far too many, it just hasn’t gotten there. Our smaller neighborhood businesses are particularly vulnerable. The relief bill includes $349 billion for loans to this beleaguered group — but there are huge problems. The lending rules have not been clear, and some banks don’t want to participate. Many community banks, especially in small towns and rural areas, are not approved as lenders. The smallest businesses who need help the most don’t have the lobbyists and accountants that bigger companies have on their side to navigate the system. The stakes could not be higher for our 630,000 small businesses in Colorado and the 1.1 million Coloradans they employ.  We must accelerate our efforts to enable small businesses to keep workers on payroll, help households and small businesses survive, and build resilience and the foundation for a restart of our economy. Here are four actions we can and must take now to protect our small businesses: Boost the Small Business Administration’s Capacity — The SBA guarantees loans and oversees the loan forgiveness provisions. Already lenders have experienced impediments from SBA delays in providing guidelines and other critical information to make the loans and a breakdown in the SBA system for processing the loans.  In many rural and small towns, the primary lenders are community banks that have not been fully included in the program. They ought to be added immediately. The SBA currently administers about $25 billion through this program, an average of about $2 billion per month, and is now looking at a rapid-scale increase up to $349 billion to be delivered in just [DATE REMOVED] — that’s nearly $175 billion per month!  The relief package allocated funding for administrative purposes, and those funds must be used to enhance the SBA’s capacity. They’ve got to hire more people, and fast. Get Relief Out Quickly — Even under the most optimistic scenarios, the SBA loans may come too late to prevent many businesses from closing shop. But state emergency small business and nonprofit relief funds, as well as Community Development Finance Institutions, stand ready to help meet the urgent needs of small businesses and serve as a stopgap and intermediary for the distribution of federal funds. I support leveraging existing platforms, such as the Community Reinvestment Fund’s common loan applications for business and loan origination software, to address the small business liquidity and solvency crisis as quickly as humanly possible. Give the Smallest Small Businesses Tools to Succeed — We already know that the smallest businesses who don’t have accountants with the appropriate experience to help navigate the loan process are not as well positioned as the bigger companies. The cost of replacing 80% of all small businesses’ lost revenue for [DATE REMOVED] is estimated at more than $1.2 trillion. Congress must address this gap in its anticipated phase four relief bill and this time they should prioritize the smaller businesses. We should consider specific funding for businesses with less than 50 employees. The guiding principles of delivering additional funding should be speed and use of existing technology, information, and infrastructure wherever possible. Examples of this approach include “reverse payroll withholding,” which has been proposed by Erik Gerding of the University of Colorado Law School. Under this proposal, the IRS could use its existing FICA withholding process to disburse funds to small businesses quickly, leveraging available data such as bank routing numbers to make payments. The amount would be ten times the employer’s social security withholding from [DATE REMOVED], which would cover up to 62% of an employer’s payroll, under the premise that this money is used to pay workers. A coalition of financial technology (FinTech) leaders has proposed another means of direct stimulus funding for small businesses, utilizing the existing infrastructure of merchant accounts and card networks to deliver these funds immediately. Sow the Seeds of Broader Recovery — We must start planning for an eventual economic restart now, by taking actions such as working with the private sector to create capital pools and develop financial products that can continue to fund small businesses once the crisis has passed. We need to strengthen the small business safety net by exploring the creation of business interruption insurance related to pandemics. The COVID-19 relief bill passed with overwhelming support by both parties. Now we must act with equal urgency and bipartisanship to streamline and accelerate the delivery of those resources to the people and small businesses who need them most urgently. In a time of existential risk to our small businesses — which constitute the lifeblood of our economy — we need to be creative and bold to deliver desperately-needed funding much more rapidly. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Join Us Email Address Zip Code Phone Number By providing your cell phone number you consent to receive 10 or more recurring updates or donation asks each month from Hickenlooper for Colorado by automated text message. Txt HELP for help, STOP to end. Msg&Data rates may apply. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. Home Privacy Policy Terms Accessibility Volunteer Donate PAID FOR BY HICKENLOOPER FOR COLORADO PO Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218 hello@hickenlooper.com Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Flickr Spotify Youtube
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