Cornyn Urges EIDL Improvement for Texas Small Businesses


In: All News   Posted 04/28/2020
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WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today sent a letter to Administrator Jovita Carranza of the Small Business Administration (SBA) urging him to amend the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to expedite the $10,000 advances to be received within three days, remove the per-employee cap on advance grants, and restore the maximum loan amount to $2 million.  This letter follows Sen. Cornyn’s support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, signed into law last week, which provided an additional $50 billion for EIDL loans and allotted an additional $10 billion for advance payments for small businesses.

“We understand the Administration has had to make difficult decisions to extend limited resources in the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) accounts,” they wrote.  “However, instituting a per-employee cap on EIDL advance grants and reducing the maximum loan amount from $2 million to $15,000 has left many business owners without sufficient support.  We have each heard from frustrated constituents unable to keep their businesses open or employees on payroll while waiting on cash advances under the EIDL program.”

“Unfortunately, entrepreneurs are having to make difficult decisions every day about the viability of their businesses, and most cannot wait 2-3 weeks for assistance.  We ask that you and your staff work to approve and disburse these grants as quickly as possible.”

Joining Sen. Cornyn on the letter were U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Michael Braun (R-IN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tina Smith (D-MN), John Boozman (R-AR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Chris  Van Hollen (D-MD).

Sen. Cornyn launched a series of statewide outreach calls with small businesses, healthcare workers, nonprofits, local municipalities, agricultural groups, trade associations, and other Texans on March 6.  His website has additional resources for Texans during the coronavirus outbreak here.

You can read the full letter here, and text is below.

April 28, 2020

The Honorable Jovita Carranza
Administrator
Small Business Administration
409 3rd St, SW
Washington DC 20416

Dear Administrator Carranza:

We wish to thank you and your respective staff for working to implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  The programs established by the CARES Act are helping to support America’s small businesses as they work to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The CARES Act, and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in particular, was designed to provide support to small businesses across the country.  American small business owners are facing significant challenges maintaining payroll, retaining employees, and covering daily expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program’s mission is to expedite access to $10 billion in capital by allowing small businesses who have applied for an EIDL loan to receive an emergency advance of up to $10,000 within three days.

We understand the Administration has had to make difficult decisions to extend limited resources in the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) accounts. However, instituting a per-employee cap on EIDL advance grants and reducing the maximum loan amount from $2 million to $15,000 has left many business owners without sufficient support.  We have each heard from frustrated constituents unable to keep their businesses open or employees on payroll while waiting on cash advances under the EIDL program.  Additionally, most would have looked to other loan programs if they had known the cap was lowered.

Unfortunately, entrepreneurs are having to make difficult decisions every day about the viability of their businesses, and most cannot wait 2-3 weeks for assistance.  We ask that you and your staff work to approve and disburse these grants as quickly as possible.  It is also critical that the administration keep open lines of communication with the finance and business communities when making substantive changes to the terms of the EIDL program.  Now that Congress has provided additional funding for the EIDL and PPP accounts, we urge the Administration to return the loan and grant formulas to their pre-existing levels.  We stand ready to provide any and all resources you need to efficiently distribute assistance to America’s small businesses. 

We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to working with you to fully implement the CARES Act in a timely manner. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff if we can be of any assistance during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

/s/