IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 28, 2021
Mr. Heinrich (for himself, Mr. Wyden, and Mr. Luján) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
To amend the Small Business Act to prevent predatory debt collectors from receiving paycheck protection program loans, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Ceasing Undeserved Relief Benefits for Debt Collectors Act for 2021 or the
CURB Debt Collectors Act.
Debt collectors ineligible for paycheck protection program loans
Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) is amended—
in paragraph (36), by adding at the end the following:
Debt collectors ineligible
An individual or entity shall be ineligible to receive a covered loan if—
the individual or entity is a debt collector, as defined in section 803 of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. 1692a);
the individual or entity has been found to have violated of any provision of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. 1692 et seq.) pursuant to—
an adjudication by a Federal agency or an action brought in a court of competent jurisdiction if the adjudication or action constitutes an exercise of enforcement authority under section 814 of such Act (15 U.S.C. 1692l); or
any other action brought in a court of competent jurisdiction;
the adjudication or action described in clause (ii) was not resolved by a settlement agreement or consent decree that remains in effect as of the date on which the individual or entity applies for the covered loan if the adjudication or action was brought by a Federal agency; and
a final order or final judgment against the individual or entity pursuant to an adjudication or action described in clause (ii), as appropriate—
is issued or entered, as appropriate, during the 10-year period ending on the date on which the individual or entity applies for the covered loan;
has not been overturned; and
is no longer subject to appeal.
in paragraph (37)(A)(iv)(III)—
in item (dd), by striking
or at the end;
in item (ee), by striking
; and and inserting
; or ; and
by adding at the end the following:
an individual or entity that, under subparagraph (W) of paragraph (36), is ineligible for a covered loan under such paragraph; and
The amendments made by subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any loan made prior to date of enactment of this Act.