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H.R. 1502: Microloan Improvement Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 15, 2021 (Passed the House).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1502

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Microloan Improvement Act of 2021.

2.

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 $10,000.

3.

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.

4.

Extended repayment terms

(a)

In general

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:

(F)

Repayment terms

(i)

Limitation on repayments term

The repayment term for a loan made under this paragraph shall not be more than—

(I)

in the case of a loan made by an intermediary of $10,000 or less, 7 years; and

(II)

in the case of a loan made by an intermediary of greater than $10,000, 10 years.

(ii)

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.

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(b)

Technical amendment

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Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Public Law 116–260; 134 Stat. 2042 15 U.S.C. 636 note) is repealed.

5.

Program funding for microloans

(a)

In general

Section 7(m) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (7)(B)—

(A)

by amending clause (i) to read as follows:

(i)

Allocation

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—

(I)

reserve 15 percent of such funds for award to designated underutilized States; and

(II)

make the remaining 85 percent of such funds available for award in any State.

; and

(B)

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

(2)

in paragraph (11)—

(A)

in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking and at the end;

(B)

in subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

(E)

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.

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(b)

Rulemaking

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.

6.

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.

7.

Report regarding equitable distribution

Section 7(m)(8) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(m)(8)) is amended—

(1)

by striking In approving and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

In approving

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Annual report

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).

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Passed the House of Representatives April 15, 2021.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk.