Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Swift Approval of Federal Disaster Assistance for Maryland Small Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus Pandemic

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging swift approval of the state’s request for a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help local businesses affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Given the various protective measures being put in place by the state, numerous businesses are reporting substantive impacts on their business operations, which is creating an immediate adverse impact on small businesses and their employees,” the lawmakers wrote. “Maryland small businesses have to make difficult decisions in terms of having to reduce staff working hours, lay off workers, suspend regular business operations or close down their businesses completely. These decisions affect not only the small business but their workers, families and communities, who are struggling to stay afloat during this crisis.”