US Lawmakers to Vote on Extending PPP Aid to Small Businesses

U.S. House of Representatives | May 21, 2020

  • Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to vote again next week on giving small businesses more time to utilize their coronavirus aid.

  • With many businesses moving toward the end of their eight-week period, there are widespread calls to extend it.

  • The House has already voted to extend the eight weeks to 24 weeks, part of a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to vote again next week on giving small businesses more time to utilize their coronavirus aid under the Paycheck Protection Program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday.

Pelosi, responding to a question at a news conference, said the Democratic-majority House would vote on legislation to extend loan repayment and rehiring timelines under the program.

The $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established by Congress in March aimed to help businesses keep making payroll for eight weeks, despite lockdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

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With many businesses moving toward the end of their eight-week period, there are widespread calls to extend it.

The House has already voted to extend the eight weeks to 24 weeks, part of a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill lawmakers passed Friday that was roundly denounced by Senate Republicans.

Pelosi said Wednesday lawmakers would now consider a separate PPP bill. Although the provisions were expected to be largely the same, aides said a stand-alone bill would make it easier for the Senate to act on the program, which has wide bipartisan support.

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What it does is extend the time which you can hire, re-hire people, extend the time which you can pay back, and also undo the 75-25, which was debilitating, We saw a quick fix on how we could make this work better.

- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The Republican head of the Senate’s small business committee, Senator Marco Rubio, said Wednesday there was broad agreement that companies need more time; he favors 12 to 16 weeks. “There’s actually unanimity up here for the most part,” he told Fox News.


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