Congressman supports second round of PPP loans


As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the region’s congressional representative believes reopening a critical relief program could greatly help Michigan families and businesses.

U.S. Representative John Moolenaar continues to advocate for a renewal of the paycheck protection program, allowing small businesses to seek additional help.

Moolenaar said the program, which was created when Congress passed the CARES Act in late March, has been a “huge success,” with the funding received by Michigan’s 4th Congressional District being enough to support 94% of jobs in Michigan. small businesses, citing research. by Bloomberg News.

The relief program expired in August, although about $ 138 billion in funding remains of the original $ 670 billion approved.

In September, Moolenaar co-sponsored a bill that would reopen the PPP application process and allow small businesses to take out a second forgivable loan. He also signed a discharge petition that would allow the entire House of Representatives to vote on the legislation.

“It’s really important that we move quickly on this, because with what I’ve heard from constituents, they don’t feel like people are listening to this, especially if you’re a restaurant owner.” , Moolenaar said. “(My constituents) do not feel that our political leaders have empathy for their livelihoods and businesses.”

Voters also told Moolenaar they felt no one was defining what they needed to do to reopen their doors.

“If you’ve had a restaurant in your family for decades and may need to shut it down permanently, that’s really a challenge,” Moolenaar said. “My goal is to have these businesses reopen safely. A lot of them have invested in new equipment and implemented new protocols to keep their customers safe, and I think the continued shutdown is having a huge effect. and devastating on these small businesses. “

Although Moolenaar supported the CARES law, he felt that parts of the back-up plan, such as the weekly $ 600 unemployment checks for people made redundant due to COVID-19, discouraged people from returning to work, which did not help people who need a long time. term jobs or employers trying to get their business up and running.

“As we look at which funding we’re going to vote on, I want us to learn from previous funding,” Moolenaar said. “We don’t want to create incentives that discourage people from working.”

Moolenaar praised “Operation Warp Speed” – the program launched by the US government to accelerate the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines – for allowing scientific trials to be carried out on potential vaccines simultaneously with the establishment of methods storage and distribution, so that a supply chain is in place to distribute vaccines to Michigan residents as soon as possible.

“Everyone recognizes that a safe and effective vaccine (COVID-19) is a key step, and we are really close to having it,” Moolenaar said. “I am encouraged by the progress.”


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