Bill to replenish funding for small businesses signed into law

June 2020

Mark Schremmer

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The U.S. House of Representatives in April approved a $484 billion relief package to replenish funding for programs aimed at helping small businesses.

The bill was approved by a vote of 388-5 on April 23. President Donald Trump soon after signed the bill into law.

As part of the measure, $321 billion provided additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program with $60 billion reserved for credit unions and other community banks in order to better reach smaller businesses. The bill also included $50 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans and another $10 billion for EIDL advances.

Previous funding for the two programs, which were aimed at helping small businesses recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ran out in mid-April. The first iteration of the programs were criticized for giving the money to large companies.

However, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the program helped many small businesses.

“The PPP, implemented by our partners at the Small Business Administration, has provided assistance to more than 1 million small businesses with fewer than 10 workers,” Mnuchin said in a statement. “The program is already helping more than 30 million Americans, and with this additional funding, we expect tens of millions more will be able to receive critical relief.”

OOIDA said there are provisions in the second version of the program that will do more to help small businesses, including small-business trucking companies.

“The latest relief package is good for small trucking businesses,” said Collin Long, OOIDA’s director of government affairs. “It provides a significant infusion of cash into the depleted PPP and EIDL programs and, most importantly, sets aside a portion of the funding for community banks and credit unions, which had not been done previously. This change should improve the ability of small trucking businesses to access federal relief, and we encourage truckers who need financial support to contact their banks about these programs as soon as possible.” LL

Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, senior editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and more than two decades of journalism experience to our staff.