Photo courtesy ASMP member John Dengler
As Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are working to produce an omnibus aid package quickly to address the economic harm being engendered by the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.
The political process during this pandemic is very fluid and the full contours of legislation continues to be shaped, even as programs are implemented. I urge all of you to continue to make your voices heard about the relief you’re seeking from federal and state governments and what you expect your officials to do to address your needs in ASMP campaigns. To assist you with these efforts, we will continue to launch advocacy campaigns that you can personalize to send your message to those officials charged with being responsible for your health and safety.
ASMP Actions to Date
4.02.20: Launch of April Advocacy Campaigns
Given the dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in the United States in the past few weeks and the increasing impact of the pandemic on American society, ASMP strongly supports legislation that provides assistance to freelancers and small business owners during this critical time that would include specific provisions to mitigate public health risks and address the corresponding economic harm that has hit the country.
To continue advocating for legislation that supports freelancers and small business owners, ASMP has created two advocacy campaigns to encourage federal and state governing bodies to continue introducing legislation that provides economic relief and public health programs for all freelancers and small business owners.
We invite you to take five minutes and message your federal and state officials to let them know that you as a freelancer and small business owner need their continued support during this pandemic.
Federal Government Campaign – Contact Your U.S. Representative and Senators
State Government Campaign – Contact Your Governor, State Representative and Senators
Stay tuned for updates on how the CARES Act will impact you and your business.
Summary of recent ASMP activities related to copyright registration, copyright modernization, copyright statutory requirements, and the CASE Act
3.26.20: We await the House vote on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after the bill was passed by the Senate with a 96-0 vote.
3.25.20: ASMP has been made aware of Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed (KAWPEA) Act; proposed federal legislation that is intended to assist workers and small business in maneuvering the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will focus on assisting self-employed individuals and small businesses that comprise our membership.
Keep American Workers Paid and Employed Act (KAWPEA) Advocacy Campaign: Tell Your Representative and Senators to support freelance creators and small business owners in all economic stimulus funding.
A specific Keep American Workers Paid and Employed Act campaign will be launched here shortly.
When launched, we encourage your Senators to support this bill, we urge you to take five minutes to take action and tell your senators that this program is critical to protecting you as one of America’s self-employed and/or small businesses.
3.20.20: Please make your voice heard with your Representative and Senators about the need for representation of freelancers and small business owners in all economic stimulus funding afforded Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Economic Stimulus Advocacy Campaign: Tell Your Representative and Senators to support freelance creators and small business owners in all economic stimulus funding.
The current campaign can be modified to include your personal message. Click on button below and go directly to the ASMP campaign.
03.18.20: Phase 2 Economic Stimulus Advocacy Campaign has ended in success as the Senate Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with 90-8 vote.
03.17.20: ASMP is on the legislative frontline working to shape legislative actions that will assist ASMP members impacted by the pandemic. We need your assistance with campaigns to urge Congress to pass key legislation that supports photographers and small business owners. We hope you will support the FFCRA campaign by taking action and contacting your Congressional members.
Phase 2 Economic Stimulus Advocacy Campaign: Tell Your Senators to Support Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)!
3.13.20: ASMP has sent letters to key Representatives and Senators to urge their immediate action on legislation to address the needs of photographers and their families. We will continue to work with our colleagues in other organizations and members of Congress to secure swift passage. We believe such legislation must include solutions that clearly work to the benefit of independent photographers as small business owners and that such aid is as important as the aid aimed at large companies also experiencing financial harm.
House Committee on Small Business