Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is taking the lead in the Senate on a bill which will provide businesses with protection from liability. The bill will take a two-pronged approach - it will provide a safe harbor for those businesses who act in good faith, while addressing gross negligence by bad actors. The challenge will be working with House and Senate Democrats on a bill that can move in a bipartisan fashion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republicans on both sides of the Capitol have made it clear that their number one priority is protecting the businesses who acted in good faith, and that any future coronavirus relief legislation must include it. No activity is expected until after the Memorial Day recess.
CDA has signed on to a number of letters to congressional leaders in support of liability protection, most recently one circulated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $102 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.