Pennsylvania Representatives Glenn Thompson and Dwight Evans introduced the Assistance and Gratitude for Coronavirus Heroes in Agribusiness who are Invaluable to the Nation, or the AG CHAIN Act.
An extension of the previously introduced GROCER Act, the bill would provide a federal tax holiday and a payroll tax exemption for all essential employees in the food and agriculture industry defined by recent Department of Homeland Security guidance, including truckstop employees.
These provisions would take place from Feb. 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020, for individuals making less than $75,000 annually. The bill would also provide discretion to the Treasury to extend this benefit for an additional three months.
NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings said, "Travel center employees have been unwavering in their commitment to our industry and America's truck drivers since the nation first began grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic more than eight weeks ago.”
“Their dedication ensures that truckstops and travel plazas remain open 24 hours per day and that truck drivers have places to eat and rest throughout the country,” Mullings said. “NATSO is grateful for Representatives Thompson and Evans for recognizing these hard-working individuals in a meaningful way.”
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