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S. 174: Small Business Access to Recovery Capital Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 2, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 174

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 2, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Risch, and Ms. Collins) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

A BILL

To modify the 7(a) loan guaranty program of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Small Business Access to Recovery Capital Act.

2.

Changes to the 7(a) loan guaranty program

(a)

Fee waiver

During the 1-year period following the date of enactment of this Act, and to the extent that the cost of such elimination or reduction of fees is offset by appropriations, with respect to each loan guaranteed under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a))—

(1)

in lieu of the fee otherwise applicable under section 7(a)(23)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(23)(A)), the Administrator shall collect no fee or reduce fees to the maximum extent possible; and

(2)

for which the application is approved on or after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall, in lieu of the fee otherwise applicable under section 7(a)(18)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(18)(A)), collect no fee or reduce fees to the maximum extent possible.

(b)

Guarantee amount

(1)

In general

Section 7(a)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(2)), as amended by section 326(a)(1) of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, is amended—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking (E), and (F) and inserting and (E),; and

(ii)

by striking 90 percent and inserting 95 percent;

(B)

by striking subparagraphs (D) and (E) and inserting the following:

(D)

Participation under the express loan program

In an agreement to participate in a loan on a deferred basis under paragraph (31), the participation by the Administration shall be equal to—

(i)

75 percent of the balance of the financing outstanding at the time of disbursement of the loan, if such balance exceeds $150,000; or

(ii)

85 percent of the balance of the financing outstanding at the time of disbursement of the loan, if such balance is less than or equal to $150,000.

; and

(C)

by redesignating subparagraph (F) as subparagraph (E).

(2)

Prospective repeal

Effective 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, section 7(a)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(2)) is amended—

(A)

by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

(A)

In general

Except as provided in subparagraphs (B), (D), (E), and (F), in an agreement to participate in a loan on a deferred basis under this subsection (including a loan made under the Preferred Lenders Program), such participation by the Administrator shall be equal to—

(i)

75 percent of the balance of the financing outstanding at the time of disbursement of the loan, if such balance exceeds $150,000; or

(ii)

85 percent of the balance of the financing outstanding at the time of disbursement of the loan, if such balance is less than or equal to $150,000.

;

(B)

by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (F); and

(C)

by striking subparagraph (D) and inserting the following:

(D)

Participation under export working capital program

In an agreement to participate in a loan on a deferred basis under the Export Working Capital Program established pursuant to paragraph (14)(A), such participation by the Administration shall be 90 percent.

(E)

Participation in international trade loan

In an agreement to participate in a loan on a deferred basis under paragraph (16), the participation by the Administration may not exceed 90 percent.

.

(3)

Repeal of other prospective amendment

Section 326(a)(2) of the the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act is repealed.

(c)

Maximum loan amount

(1)

In general

Section 7(a)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(3)) is amended—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking $3,750,000 and inserting $9,500,000; and

(ii)

by striking $5,000,000 and inserting $10,000,000; and

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

by striking $4,500,000 and inserting $9,500,000; and

(ii)

by striking $5,000,000 and inserting $10,000,000.

(2)

Prospective repeal

Effective 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, section 7(a)(3) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)(3)) is amended—

(A)

in subparagraph (A)—

(i)

by striking $9,500,000 and inserting $3,750,000; and

(ii)

by striking $10,000,000 and inserting $5,000,000; and

(B)

in subparagraph (B)—

(i)

by striking $9,500,000 and inserting $4,500,000; and

(ii)

by striking $10,000,000 and inserting $5,000,000.

(d)

COVID–19 guidance

Not later than 10 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue guidance that—

(1)

temporarily updates the standard operating procedures of the Administration to provide requirements for appropriate lending given the economic conditions and considerations as of the date of enactment of this Act; and

(2)

shall be utilized with respect to all approval and subsequent actions taken on loans made under such section 7(a) during the 1-year period following the date of enactment of this Act.