Coalition, Including Credit Union Trade Groups, Pushing for Easy PPP Loan Forgiveness Bill

A coalition of trade groups, including the Credit Union National Association and the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, is pushing Congress to pass legislation that would allow businesses receiving loans of $150,000 or less from the Paycheck Protection Program to have their loans forgiven by submitting a one-page form. S. 4117, introduced by Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and a bipartisan group of Senate Banking Committee members, also would hold lenders harmless if a borrower’s one-page form contains falsehoods. “This bipartisan legislation would ensure our nation’s small business owners can focus their time, energy, and resources back into their business

House Bill Includes $273.5 Million for CDFI Program for FY21

The House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday will consider FY21 spending legislation that would provide $273.5 million for the Community Development Financial Institution program.

That would represent an $11.5 million increase from this year’s total, but much less than program advocates wanted. Wednesday’s markup of the financial services funding bill is the first step in the FY21 CDFI appropriations process.

NAFCU’s Thaler Predicts Enactment of Next Stimulus Bill in Late July or Early August

Congress is unlikely to enact another economic stimulus bill until late July or early August, Brad Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs predicted Thursday. Speaking at the trade group’s virtual “State of the Industry” conference, Thaler said, however, that with the legislative authority for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program expiring on June 30, the House and Senate might try to extend the program in a smaller bill. “This could happen before a large [stimulus bill] if there can be bipartisan agreement,” he said. The House has passed a large stimulus measure that includes aid to state and

CUNA Sends Pandemic Legislative Wish List to Congress

In a wish list sent to every office on Capitol Hill Tuesday, the Credit Union National Association renewed its call to allow expanded business lending by credit unions for one year to help businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic. A one-year exemption from the current Member Business Lending cap would open up some $5 billion for investment and could create as many as 50,000 jobs, CUNA said.

Democratic Senators Call for Streamlined PPP Forgiveness Application

All 45 Democratic senators are pushing the Trump Administration to develop a streamlined process for the smallest businesses to obtain loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

The 45 senators, in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, did not go as far as credit union trade groups, which have called for automatic loan forgiveness for certain borrowers.