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Hollingsworth Talks 2021 With Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce

Trey Hollingsworth speaks to the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce via Zoom

9th District Rep. Trey Hollingsworth speaks via Zoom during the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce's "2020 Federal Focus" event. (Bloomington Chamber of Commerce/Zoom)

As lawmakers in Washington discuss another COVID-19 relief package, 9th District Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R–Jeffersonville) says he wants to focus on small and medium-sized businesses with the money.

The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) approved earlier this year still has $130 billion available. The first round of payments went to a broad array of businesses and interests, and Hollingsworth wants to create eligibility requirements tied to business size or decline in revenue to ensure the money gets to smaller organizations.       

“I think having sort of revenue test to say, ‘Hey, if you're off more than 35 percent, if you're off more than 25 percent, wherever we set the test – if you’ve seen a dramatic adverse impact because of this pandemic, we want you to get this assistance,’” he said. “But if you haven't seen that adverse impact, if you're doing good or doing better, you probably don't need federal government's assistance right now.”

The congressman made the comments during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session hosted over Zoom by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

Much of the discussion focused on prospects for recovering from the pandemic, from both public health and economic perspectives. Hollingsworth said he would continue advocating for solutions that balance safety, economic security and individual freedoms.

“This is a trade-off. And this is a trade-off that we're going to have to continue to think about day in and day out as more and more data comes out,” he said. “[We need to] arrive at the right outcome by listening to both our great biological scientists and, by the way, our great social scientists.”

When it comes to distribution of new coronavirus vaccines, Hollingsworth said the federal government is leaving it up to the states to determine who to prioritize with the second wave of doses but will still be giving suggestions via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has put healthcare workers and those in nursing home care as the top priority to receive the first inoculations later this month.

“Thus, it won’t be available to the general public until March or April,” Hollingsworth said. “So making sure that we all continue to take precautions, making sure that we all continue to invest in our own personal safety, is important as we continue to get closer and closer to a widespread rollout of that vaccine.”

Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said when polled, 73 percent of the meeting's attendees were in favor medical marijuana. Hollingsworth said he had been working to revise the framework of the drug’s federal restrictions so that states can make their own decisions, and that he voted against the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act last week because it was an “unserious piece of legislation” that did not include regulatory specifics like those seen with alcohol sales.

“There was nothing in this bill that said, ‘You can’t sell this to 12-year-olds, you can’t sell this to 9-year-olds,” Hollingsworth said. “I think we need a framework – not much of a framework – but some of a framework at a federal level to be able to say, ‘These are the minimums.’”

When asked about the presidential election, Hollingsworth said he was not aware of any widespread voter fraud and had no doubt there would be a peaceful transfer of power come Jan. 20.

 “Despite what the media may say about that, despite what op-eds may say about that, despite what editorials may say about that, the reality is that transition is afoot, and whether people like it or don't like it, there will be a transition to a new administration on January 20. That will certainly happen.”

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