Congressman Keller provides legislative updates to local chambers of commerce

January 15, 2021
Press Release
Outlines latest COVID relief resources, legislative priorities for the 117th Congress

Washington, D.C.This week, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) held five virtual meetings with local chambers of commerce across Pennsylvania’s 12th District, speaking to community leaders and small business owners about the provisions in the latest COVID-19 relief legislation and what it means for the future of business development in the region.


The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Develop Tioga, Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce participated in the week’s discussions.


Much of the conversation on COVID relief focused on the re-opening of the Paycheck Protection Program and ensuring small businesses utilize the $284 billion in loans available to help them remain operational.


As of Friday, January 15, the Paycheck Protection loan portal is open to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications. The portal will open fully on Tuesday, January 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications. More information and additional PPP resources are available at


Keller also used these discussions to provide his outlook for the 117th Congress, pointing to issues like reopening the economy, rural healthcare, broadband development, and addressing the cost of education.


While Keller has yet to receive committee assignments for the new session, he is expected to remain on the House Education and Labor Committee, Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the House Energy and Action Team.


Notably, Republican Whip Steve Scalise appointed Keller to the House Republican Whip Team, a leadership role that will allow Keller to further House Republicans’ legislative priorities and those of the people of Pennsylvania’s 12th District.


On meeting with local chambers of commerce this week, Congressman Fred Keller made the following statement:


“Thank you to all who participated in our productive discussions this week. Based on what I have heard from community leaders, small business owners, and workers, Pennsylvanians are working hard to make it through this pandemic. I am hopeful that the resources recently passed by Congress, including the renewal of the Paycheck Protection Program, will help ease this burden. While it is easy to get lost in the partisan divide happening in Washington, I am committed to working on bringing our communities back stronger than ever before and addressing the real issues that will improve our region.


“We must remember that we are all Americans and we’re in this together. I will continue to advocate for the priorities that matter to Pennsylvania’s 12th District, including targeted COVID-19 relief, broadband development, and support for our farmers, healthcare providers, first responders, and veterans.”



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