Republicans Trying to Stop SBA Direct Lending Plan

With the support of credit union and banking trade groups, Republicans on both sides of Capitol Hill are trying to prevent the Small Business Administration from making direct loans to businesses.

Sen. Tim Scott, (R-S.C.) this week introduced legislation that would prohibit the SBA from bypassing credit unions and banks and make loans directly. Senate Banking Committee ranking Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is a cosponsor of the bill.

House Passes PPP Extension Bill, As IG Reports Duplicate Loans Made by SBA

The Small Business Administration’s Inspector General has issued a report finding that in the first batch of Paycheck Protection Program loans last year, 4,260 borrowers got two PPP loans when they only should have received one. The SBA intends to not forgive those duplicate loans, but to prevent duplication from happening again, the SBA has added controls that are causing delays and a logjam in loan processing this cycle, raising concerns that businesses will be caught without a loan when the program ends on March 31. The House has now passed legislation that would extend the PPP to the end of May.

With Thousands of PPP Loans on ‘Hold,’ CUNA, NAFCU Ask for Extension

Financial services trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, are concerned that the Paycheck Protection Program will expire on March 31 with thousands of loans stuck with “holds” that will prevent those small businesses from getting assistance. They want all loan applications received by the March 31 expiration date of the PPP to be processed.