Home members unanimously handed an extension of the $660 billion Paycheck Safety Program, geared toward serving to small companies climate the COVID-19 pandemic. The voice vote got here a day after the Senate accredited the measure.
The PPP had expired Tuesday at midnight. If President Trump indicators the extension, this system will function by Aug. 8.
This system was created as a part of the unique $three trillion package deal of financial pandemic aid measures that handed Congress in March. The forgivable loans, doled out by the Small Enterprise Administration, are supposed to assist small companies preserve staff on the payroll regardless of lockdowns and a basic downturn in enterprise because of the coronavirus.
There was a scramble to say the primary spherical, amounting to $349 billion, which was exhausted in simply 13 days. A second spherical of $310 billion has not been absolutely spent.
On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin steered the remaining $140 billion in loans below this system may very well be repurposed to help eating places, accommodations and different industries hit hardest by the pandemic.
The extension handed by Congress is geared toward retaining the spigot open whereas lawmakers mull transforming this system.