H. R. 1502
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To amend the Small Business Act to optimize the operations of the microloan program, lower costs for small business concerns and intermediary participants in the program, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Microloan Improvement Act of 2021.
Interest rate for certain intermediaries
Section 7(m)(3)(F)(iii) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(3)(F)(iii)) is amended by striking
$7,500 and inserting
Lines of credit authorized
Section 7(m)(6)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(6)(A)) is amended by inserting
(including lines of credit) after
fixed rate loans.
Extended repayment terms
Section 7(m)(6) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(6)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Limitation on repayments term
The repayment term for a loan made under this paragraph shall not be more than—
in the case of a loan made by an intermediary of $10,000 or less, 7 years; and
in the case of a loan made by an intermediary of greater than $10,000, 10 years.
No additional limitations
The Administrator may not impose any additional limitation on the term for repayment of a loan made by an intermediary under this paragraph.
Section 329(c) of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Public Law 116–260; 134 Stat. 2042 15 U.S.C. 636 note) is repealed.
Program funding for microloans
Section 7(m) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)) is amended—
in paragraph (7)(B)—
by amending clause (i) to read as follows:
Subject to the availability of appropriations and for the first 2 quarters of a fiscal year, of the total amount of new loan funds made available for award under this subsection in such fiscal year, the Administrator shall—
reserve 15 percent of such funds for award to designated underutilized States; and
make the remaining 85 percent of such funds available for award in any State.
in clause (ii), by striking
to carry out and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting the following:
under clause (i)(I) remains unexpended, the Administrator may make that portion available for award in any State or designated underutilized State.; and
in paragraph (11)—
in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking
and at the end;
in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
the term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall issue regulations to define the term designated underutilized State, as used in section 7(m)(7)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(7)(B)), as added by this section.
Credit reporting information
The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall issue rules establishing a process under which an intermediary that makes a loan to a borrower under section 7(m) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)) shall be required to provide the major credit reporting agencies with information about the borrower relevant to credit reporting, such as the borrower’s payment activity on the loan.
Report regarding equitable distribution
Section 7(m)(8) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(8)) is amended—
In approving and inserting the following:
by adding at the end the following:
The Administrator shall include in the report submitted under paragraph (10), and make publicly available on the website of the Administration, information on how the Administration has met the requirements of subparagraph (A).
Passed the House of Representatives April 15, 2021.
Cheryl L. Johnson,