In an effort to shed light on the immense impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic and help ensure the safety of AEM member companies and their employees, AEM is offering a series of webinars to provide timely information and insights during these challenging times.

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Protecting Your Production Lines - 10 Steps Some Companies are Taking to Keep Running During the COVID-19 Crisis Presented by Sherie Jones, PR/HR Manager of STEINBAUER Engineering

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AEM's COVID-19 advocacy efforts are organized into five sections. Click the link below to jump to each section:

White House | Congress | Federal Agencies | State | Canada
WHITE HOUSE

AEM continues to have a strong relationship with the White House as it relates to supporting policies that benefit equipment manufacturers. This includes advocating for policies and decisions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For example, on March 26, Vice President Mike Pence personally delivered an update on the crisis to AEM’s Board and thanked equipment manufacturers for the industry’s response to the pandemic.
Here is an overview of related AEM advocacy activities:

  • AEM Urging President Trump to Deem Equipment Manufacturers as Essential 
    AEM is urging President Trump to request that the federal government designate equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers as “essential” (preempting actions taken by Governors).
  • AEM Urges President Trump to Push for Infrastructure Investment
    On April 1, AEM sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress to include infrastructure investment in the next government relief package. This letter compliments the letter previously sent to Congressional leadership and is a recognition of the growing support in Congress and by the President to include a massive – up to $2 trillion – infrastructure package in the net coronavirus bill in an effort to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    AEM Letter to The Trump Administration on Tariffs And COVID-19
    AEM joined 160 other trade associations and business groups, organized by Americans for Free Trade, to send a letter to President Trump urging him to provide tax relief to Americans by suspending tariffs imposed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Read the letter.
  • AEM Joins Commodity Groups in Letter to President Trump on Importance of Agriculture in Response to COVID-19
    On March 18, AEM joined dozens of commodity groups and stakeholders in sending a letter to President Trump asking that any actions taken in response to COVID-19 take into consideration the impact on American agriculture. Read the letter.
  • White House Asks for Member Companies to Offer Supplies
    The White House has urged AEM’s member companies to offer the supplies and equipment they might have in storage or be able to produce or deliver to aid in the COVID-19 response effort. A list of helpful links can be found on the FEMA website.
CONGRESS

AEM is working closely with the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House on advising members on what legislative provisions will be most helpful for equipment manufacturers. Below if an overview of relevant legislation and requests sent to lawmakers on behalf of equipment manufacturers.

  • AEM Analysis of CARES Act
    A $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was passed by Congress on Friday, March 27, and now moves to President Trump’s desk for final approval. The “phase three” Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) is the largest U.S. economic rescue package in history. AEM advocacy staff’s analysis provides an overview of provisions in the bill relevant to equipment manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, as well as partners in the agriculture, construction, and utility sectors. This includes links to provisions that will be implemented and executed by the various federal agencies. Read AEM’s analysis.
  • CARES Act Spotlight: Paycheck Protection Program
    The Paycheck Protection Program, which was created as part of the CARES Act, provides federally-guaranteed loans up to a maximum amount of $10 million to eligible businesses, which can be partially forgivable, to encourage businesses to retain employees through the COVID-19 crisis by assisting in the payment of certain costs. Read AEM's Small Business Guide on the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • CARES Act Spotlight: Economic Stabilization Loans
    The CARES Act establishes a $454 billion loan program to provide liquidity to financial institutions that supports lending to eligible businesses, states and municipalities. The law provides for a program for mid-sized businesses of between 500 and 10,000 employees, but states that the Secretary may establish other programs and facilities, including a Main Street Lending Program (more on that soon). Read AEM's Q&A overview of this program, including provisions specifically relevant to equipment manufacturers, in our March 30 daily update.
  • AEM Urges Congressional Leadership to Include Infrastructure, Workforce Investments in “Phase Four” COVID-19 Legislation
    On April 1, AEM sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urging them to include major new infrastructure investment in the next government relief package. Congressional leadership and the White House recently signaled strong support for leveraging infrastructure investment in an effort to help the country recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. AEM will continue to work closely with state and federal elected officials as they craft the next government relief package to ensure that our industry’s priorities are included. Update: On April 2, AEM joined other national organizations on a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urging them to include both infrastructure as well as workforce investments in future stimulus packages.

  • AEM Letter Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Commodity Credit Corporation
    On March 23, AEM joined more than 40 other agriculture and commodity groups in a letter to Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.), Minority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Minority Leader McCarthy (Calif.) calling on Congress to replenish the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s borrowing authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to “help farmers and ranchers survive during this emergency.” Read the letter.
  • AEM Trade Policy Recommendations to Senate Finance Committee
    AEM staff submitted a list of trade policy recommendations in response to the COVID-19 crisis to the Senate Finance Committee. The feedback so far has been positive, and AEM staff is working closely with Committee staff to make sure they are included in any legislative relief packages or acted upon in the form of stand-alone bills. Read AEM’s recommendations.
  • AEM Letter Reminds Congress Infrastructure Investment Provides Economic Support
    Enacting a robust, long-term surface transportation bill will put Americans to work, stimulate the economy, and improve our infrastructure at a time when the impacts of COVID-19 are wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy. AEM will continue to emphasize that infrastructure investment is a sound way to reinvigorate the U.S. economy as recovery efforts begin. Read the letter.
FEDERAL AGENCIES
  • CISA Updates Critical Essential Infrastructure Guidance with Added Clarification
    On March 24, AEM urged DHS’s Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) Christopher Krebs to reinforce the agency’s recognition of the essential contributions of equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors to the U.S. economy and the wellbeing of our country. The letter came in response to inconsistent and conflicting directives and guidance by state and local officials, which threaten the industry’s ability to keep operations running and workers on the job. Read the letterUPDATE: On Saturday, March 28, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued updated guidance on its list of “Critical Essential Infrastructure.” The new, expanded list, provides additional clarification, provided by over 200 companies, including AEM, and adopts robust list of essential industries. The updated guidance expands the types of industries deemed critical to manufacturing, to include the manufacturing of mining “equipment and other infrastructure necessary for mining production and distribution.” Learn more about how states vary in adopting CISA's guidance
  • DHS Encouraging Business Owners to Submit Ideas on How they Can Contribute PPE
    Agency officials encouraged business owners to submit ideas as to how their companies can contribute to the production of hand sanitizers, N-95 respirator masks, surgical masks, other personal protective equipment (PPE), or necessary medical equipment. Any ideas can be submitted to nbeoc@max.gov.
  • AEM Weighs in on Interstate Shipping Guidance 
    On March 26, AEM sent a letter to the Acting Administrator at U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to promote the industry's essential designation needs during the COVID-19 crisis. The letter urges the administration to work with states to ensure that goods falling into essential categories do not face delivery impediments as a result of individual state emergency orders during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the letter.
  • AEM Supports Effort to Defer All Tariffs for at Least 90 Days
    On March 25, AEM joined over 160 other groups in urging U.S. Senators to call on Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin to suspend tariffs for 90 days. AEM has been urging the Congress and the White House to take immediate steps to defer all tariffs until the businesses paying them can emerge from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Senators’ letter.
  • Treasury Dept. Issues Release on Payment Protection Program
    The U.S. Treasury Department released new information about its new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The release includes links to updated pages on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

  • Secretary Perdue to Equipment Manufacturers: “You are Essential”
    As part of AEM’s advocacy efforts to educate Congress and the White House about the essential role that agriculture equipment manufacturers play in the country’s food production, and as a result of ongoing collaboration between AEM’s Advocacy Team and the United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary Perdue today released a short video message reaffirming his appreciation for the industry and assurances that agriculture equipment manufacturers are indeed essential. Watch the video.
  • Agriculture Sec. Perdue Applauds State Department Decision to Waive H-2 Visa Applicants
    In a move that will help support U.S. farmers and ranchers at a critical time as they help get food from the farm to America’s tables, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement on March 26, supporting the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to authorize temporary waivers for in-person interviews for eligible H-2 visa applicants. Read Perdue’s full statement. Read a federal FAQ doc on the decision.
  • Agriculture Sec. Perdue Highlights Equipment Manufacturers Role in Food Production
    On March 19, at AEM’s recommendation, Sec. Perdue recently underlined the role equipment manufacturers play in the U.S. food supply chain in a video message.  AEM is working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture on a series of policy recommendations that recognize the importance of equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service to the U.S. food supply chain. Watch the video.
  • AEM Urges OSHA to Clarify Illness Reporting Requirements
    On March 27, AEM sent a letter to Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Loren Sweatt asking OSHA to issue a statement clarifying that employers that have not been required to report illnesses caused by health pathogens in the past will not need to report such exposure to COVID-19. Equipment manufacturers and distributors are closely adhering to the guidelines provided by the CDC and other federal agencies, as well as state and local officials. Without this guidance, however, there is the potential for bureaucratic hurdles that will impede a manufacturer from continuing its essential operations. Read the letter.
  • AEM Continues to Coordinate with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    AEM participated in a call with the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). If your organization believes they have encountered a cybersecurity threat or incident within their infrastructure, please report it to CISA. For more information on how to best protect and secure yourself and your infrastructure, visit CISA's cybersecurity page.
  • New Labor Dept. Rule on Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Webinar April 3
    The U.S. Department of Labor on April 2, announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a reminder, the FFCRA gives businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid sick and family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members. For more details, visit this IRS web page. Also, USDA’s Wage and Hour Division will post a recorded webinar on Friday, April 3, to provide interested parties a more in-depth description and help them learn more about the FFCRA. To view the webinar, visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

  • U.S. Department of Labor Publishes COVID-19 Guidance for Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave
    The DOL provided a fact sheet to help to employees and employers learn how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. Read DOL’s fact sheet,  FAQ, poster for employers, and Field Assistance Bulletin.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: Workplace Health & Safety
    AEM has created a new resource for member companies that provides guidance on best practices about workplace health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource incorporates guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and it highlights what employers can do to protect their employees from the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring the continuity of business operations.

STATE

As states issue and revise emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, AEM continues to communicate with lawmakers to emphasize the essential role that equipment manufacturers play in the states. This includes letters to all 50 governors calling on the state leaders to declare equipment manufacturers as “essential” as each state tries to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the letters.

State Updates and Resources

AEM is working closely with state and local officials to provide our member companies with up-to-date information on state and local declarations and their impact on equipment manufacturing operations and facilities. This information is updated daily, so please check back for the most recent updates and resources. Read our update.

*Map as of April 2, 2020.

Other State Activities

  • Short-Term Small Business Loan Programs
    Several states have created short-term small business loan programs, funded directly by the states, to help keep businesses operating during these difficult times. Many states, through the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Assistant program, also offer low-interest, long-term loans, to help provide small businesses with working capital. For more information on SBA loans, please visit the agency’s Disaster Loan Assistance website.
  • AEM Engages with Construction Contractors to Ensure Construction Projects Continue
    AEM engaged with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) to ensure Governors recognize the key role construction projects play in our current economy. Recently, AGC (March 20) and ABC (March 23) sent letters to key Democratic & Republican Governors requesting they deem construction as an essential business. AEM continues to communicate with Governors offices how the industry is operating in a safe environment, and adhering to all social distancing and hygiene instructions. Read the AGC letter. Read the ABC letter.
  • I Make America Activation
    AEM has also mobilized tens of thousands of its I Make America supporters to continue to urge governors to designate equipment manufactures as “essential” during the COVID-19 crisis. 
CANADA

AEM continues to suppose its Canadian members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AEM has created a comprehensive overview of all related COVID-19 actions taken by governmental officials and other relevant stakeholders in Canada. This information is updated daily, so please check back for the most recent updates and resources. Read our update.

AEM has also assembled a comprehensive overview workplace guidance measures put into place in Canada and across the various provinces. Read our overview.

AEM has assembled an overview of the measures taken by the Canadian government to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource will be updated periodically.

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