The Inspector General of the Small Business Administration warned that during the earlier Paycheck Protection Program lending, businesses on a Treasury Department “Do Not Pay” list were approved for $3.6 billion in loans. It is not clear how much of the money was actually distributed.
The new Paycheck Protection Program starts with initial lending limited to businesses who have not received a PPP loan and lending going through Community Development Financial Institutions, Minority Depository Institutions, certified development corporations and microlenders. After a few days the lending options open further.
Financial and industry trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, would like guidance and rules for the new Paycheck Protection Program issued soon so that there will not be constant updates and changes like those that occurred during the first PPP. The groups sent a letter to the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department, suggesting comprehensive and timely guidance on the program rules so that a smooth implementation can occur.
President Trump on Wednesday vetoed the massive defense authorization bill and then threatened to veto the massive economic stimulus and omnibus appropriations bill.
Comments on the Trump Administration from Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions President/CEO B. Dan Berger and National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors President/CEO Lucy Ito.
The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions and the Credit Union National Association comment on the combined economic stimulus bill and the FY21 appropriations bill that passed the House and Senate yesterday.
Congress is preparing to pass legislation that contains a $12 billion set-aside for the Community Development Financial Institutions program, and extensions of the Paycheck Protection Program, the Troubled Debt Restructuring provisions, and the pandemic-related provisions of the National Credit Union Administration’s Central Liquidity Facility. Congress is combining the coronavirus economic stimulus bill and the FY21 omnibus appropriations measure into one bill totally 5,593 pages.
Republican Chairman Rodney Hood and fellow Republican Kyle Hauptman approved the NCUA 2021-2022 budget over the vehement opposition of Democratic member Todd Harper. Harper wanted additional staff to perform consumer protection exams. He also does not think the agency is preparing enough for the economic fallout that will come from the pandemic.
A guide to what must happen and what may happen as Congress rushes to wrap everything up in the two weeks that remain before it adjourns for the year.
In a letter to congressional leaders, some 100 business groups including the Credit Union National Association, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America, call on Congress to enact legislation to forgive all Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to $150,000 using a one-page application. Meanwhile the Small Business Administration is facing a judicial deadline to make information on PPP loans public.