President Trump Signs $484 billion Relief Bill to help Small Businesses and Hospitals, Expand Testing

Background: As a result of the CARES Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) created additional loan/funding programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. As of April 16, the SBA issued over $10.3 Billion in loans to over 43,000 Michigan small businesses. Nationally, SBA executed more loans in 14 days of CARES Act implementation than the agency had done in the previous 14 years. By April 16th, The Small Business Administration’s (SBA), Paycheck Protection Loan Program (PPP) intended to help small businesses, had doled out all of its $350 Billion in allocated funding, putting pressure on lawmakers to reach an agreement for additional funding to the program. 

This new relief bill includes $310 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (In total, $322 billion was appropriated, to include fees for the PPP), in addition to $60 billion in loans and grants for economic disaster assistance, $75 billion for hospitals and health-care providers, who face budget gaps created by a slowdown in elective surgeries and the surge of patients sick with Covid-19. It also allocates $25 billion to accelerate testing efforts across the country, tasking the Trump administration with creating a national plan to assist states to expand testing efforts.

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