Local Congresswoman Backs Bill Seeking Info on Government Loans to Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses

first_img Make a comment 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) is among lawmakers backing a bill to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is prioritizing underserved and rural businesses, as required by the CARES Act.“The coronavirus and the economic slowdown are threats to every one of us, regardless of our race or background. But while the threat is equal, the impact is not,” said Rep. Chu in a statement announcing the legislation.“Communities of color have been bearing the heaviest burden even as they have had a harder time accessing aid,” she continued.Joined by Marc Veasey (TX-33), and Tony Cardenas (CA-29), Chu today introduced the PPP Data Diversity and Accountability Act of 2020. This bill would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to collect and report demographic data that shows how many PPP applicants were owned by minorities, women, or veterans. Approvals as well as denials would be included.Despite the requirement in the CARES Act, supporters of the bill ssid the SBA and Treasury have still not provided guidance to lenders on how to prioritize these businesses. This, in turn, has led to large numbers of minority-owned businesses not being able to access assistance, they said. Small banks have also reportedly been overwhelmed by businesses whose applications were turned away by big banks.“The data is clear: this pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color. Black and Latino Americans are dying at higher rates from the coronavirus than white Americans,” said Rep. Cardenas. “Similarly, when it comes to access to capital, business owners of color frequently face greater hurdles and added scrutiny in securing the financial resources that they need to operate. That is why I am proud to join Reps. Chu and Veasey in introducing this bill, which requires the Small Business Administrator to track demographic data of recipients of the Paycheck Protection Program to increase transparency and accountability, ensuring that loans are being distributed equitably. Every community should be supported during this difficult time, and this bill will make certain that communities of color are not left behind.”Chu said the legislation was spurred by small businesses that are vying with much bigger rivals for the available resources.“The CARES Act was written to help all of our businesses survive this crisis, not just the biggest ones with close relationships to big banks,” continued the congresswomen. “That is why the government assumed all the risk. If minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses are being left out, as the data have indicated, then it is holding back the economic recovery for all of us. And it will leave these communities in particular even worse off after this crisis. The solution is simple, the SBA needs to provide disaggregated data to illustrate the full picture of who is getting relief, and issue guidance to ensure it is distributed to all who need it.”“The Coronavirus pandemic is compounding hurdles that business owners of color already frequently face when securing the capital that they need to operate,” said Rep. Veasey. “I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bill to help break some of these barriers by boosting transparency about how small business relief programs are being administered and ensuring that federal aid gets to those minority small business owners that need it most.” Government Local Congresswoman Backs Bill Seeking Info on Government Loans to Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Businesses By AL STEWART Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 1:24 pm Herbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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