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S. 2212: FEMA Loan Interest Payment Relief Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2212

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 24, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Scott of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide for the authority to reimburse local governments or electric cooperatives for interest expenses, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the FEMA Loan Interest Payment Relief Act.

2.

Reimbursement of interest payments related to public assistance

(a)

In general

Title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

431.

Reimbursement of interest payments related to public assistance

(a)

In general

The President, acting through the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, shall provide financial assistance to a local government or electric cooperative as reimbursement for qualifying interest.

(b)

Definitions

In this section, the following definitions apply:

(1)

Qualifying interest

The term qualifying interest means, with respect to a qualifying loan, the lesser of—

(A)

the actual interest paid to a lender for such qualifying loan; and

(B)

the interest that would have been paid to a lender if such qualifying loan had an interest rate equal to the prime rate most recently published on the Federal Reserve Statistical Release on selected interest rates.

(2)

Qualifying loan

The term qualifying loan means a loan—

(A)

obtained by a local government or electric cooperative; and

(B)

of which not less than 90 percent of the proceeds are used to fund activities for which such local government or electric cooperative receives assistance under this Act after the date on which such loan is disbursed.

.

(b)

Rule of applicability

Any qualifying interest (as such term is defined in section 431 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as added by this Act) incurred by a local government or electric cooperative in the 5 years preceding the date of enactment of this Act shall be treated as eligible for financial assistance for purposes of such section.