WASHINGTON (WTWO/WAWV) – One day after introducing a bill to help get Americans back to work, Senators Todd Young and Maggie Hassan introduced another bill on Wednesday to help workers deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Advancing Teachers and Home Office Modernization for Employees, or AT HOME, Act was brought forward by Young, a Republican from Indiana, and Hassan, a Democrat from New Hampshire, to alleviate the costs for Americans transition to working from home.
In a press release, Young said, “Many [Americans] have had to upgrade their technology out of their own pocket.”
The bill would establish a tax credit for small businesses, as well as an above-the-line deduction for individuals to offset the costs of remote work equipment, software, and network services through the end of 2020.
Both Young and Hassan cited teachers as a primary workforce that they wished to help, as the additional 150 dollar deduction would be added on top of the 250 dollar deduction that already exists to help educators set up remote classrooms.
“This bipartisan legislation would help ease the burden for teachers and other workers so that they have what they need to work from home,” Hassan said.
The two senators also introduced the Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act on Tuesday, which also aimed to support businesses during the pandemic by help with the costs of retraining workers.