PPP Forgiveness Coalition Letter to House and Senate leadership

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:30am

November 19, 2020

 

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Majority Leader                                                            Speaker

U.S. Senate                                                                   U.S. House of Representatives

428A Russell Senate Office Building                          H-232 U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20510                                             Washington, D.C. 20510

 

 

The Honorable Charles Schumer                                The Honorable Kevin McCarthy

Democratic Leader                                                      Minority Leader

U.S. Senate                                                                  U.S. House of Representatives

428A Russell Senate Office Building                         H-204 U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. 20510                                            Washington, D.C. 20515

 

 

 

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Democratic Leader Schumer and Minority

Leader McCarthy:

 

 

We, the undersigned associations representing thousands of banks, credit unions, financial institutions, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes that serve America’s consumers, write to urge you to immediately address the overburdensome Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness process before the end of the year. Congress can solve this problem and inject the equivalent of

$7 billion into our economy by passing bipartisan, common-sense legislation to streamline PPP

forgiveness for small businesses on Main Street in communities across the country.

 

 

We encourage Congress to quickly consider legislation that will help countless businesses navigate the overly complex forgiveness process. S. 4117,  The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act, sponsored by Senators Kevin Cramer, Bob Menendez, Thom Tillis and Kyrsten Sinema and H.R. 7777, The Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, sponsored by Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Fred Upton are bipartisan and bicameral legislation introduced earlier this Congress and would reduce compliance costs by streamlining the forgiveness process for mom-and-pop businesses who received PPP loans during these unprecedented times. Additionally, passing such legislation that would expand the hold harmless protections for lenders will provide financial institutions that originated and currently service PPP loans the opportunity to focus their time and energy on providing much-needed credit and financial services to individuals and businesses by creating regulatory certainty for PPP loans in the future.

 

 

The PPP forgiveness process has already begun for banks and will continue for them and for millions of American businesses in the coming months. Businesses have been patiently awaiting for Congress to act, hoping that an improved and  streamlined forgiveness process will ensure they can focus their time, energy, and resources back into their business and communities instead of allocating significant time and expense into completing complex forgiveness forms.

 

America’s small businesses, and the millions of men and women who work at them, are the foundations of communities across the country and the economy and in order to assist them, we urge Congress to quickly pass legislation that would forgive PPP loans of less than $150,000 upon the borrower’s completion of a simple, one-page forgiveness document. PPP loans of

$150,000 and under account for 87 percent of total PPP recipients, but less than 28 percent of PPP loan dollars. Expediting the loan forgiveness process for many of these hard-hit businesses would save more than $7 billion and hours of paperwork.

 

Data provided in an independent analysis by AQN Strategies (AQN) has shown an estimated benefit of issuing auto-forgiveness for various loan size thresholds.AQN anticipates the combined resource requirements of operators’ time and/or third-party expenses to represent an effective cost of $2,000-$4,000 for each business that applies for forgiveness, requiring 20-100 hours of focused time from key leaders of these businesses. With an average loan size of less than $19,000 for the smallest 60% of loans, this estimate would represent 10-20% of the loan amount itself, which is otherwise intended to support payroll, rent, and other obligations

necessary to keep businesses alive and ready to restart. In addition, AQN’s analysis suggests that the cost to businesses and lenders would be lower than the cost for the government to auto- forgive loans.

 

On behalf of our members and the millions of small businesses we serve, we urge you to improve the PPP forgiveness process and support streamlined forgiveness efforts. Financial institutions across the country stand ready to service a second round of PPP loans for our small business and nonprofit customers, but Congress must act now in order to ensure a second round of funds reach those most severely impacted expeditiously. Time is of the essence and we look forward to working with you to pass these critical bills. Thank you for your strong, common- sense leadership on such a critical issue.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Aeronautical Repair Station Association

AICC, The Independent Packaging Association

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) American Bankers Association

American Case Management Association

American Dental Association American Farm Bureau Federation American Financial Services Association American Foundry Society

American Hotel & Lodging Association

 

 

1Ben Sabloff, Jason Ford, Gaby Garcia, “Is It Easier to Ask for Forgiveness Than Permission? Not for PPP Loans

Under $150K” AQN Strategies, June 1, 2020, https://www.aqnstrategies.com/aqncentral/forgive-small-ppp

 

American Jail Association

American Land Title Association

American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) American Staffing Association

America's SBDC

Asian American Hotel Owners Association Associated General Contractors of America Associated Industries of Massachusetts Associated Wire Rope Fabricators

Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

Association of Credit and Collection Professionals

Association of Marina Industries Association of Women’s Business Centers Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers Bank Policy Institute

Brick Industry Association

CAMEO- California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity Commercial Food Equipment Service Association – CFESA Consumer Bankers Association

Credit Union National Association

Decorative Hardwoods Association

DHI – Door Security + Safety Professionals Electronic Transactions Association Electronics Representatives Association Financial Services Forum

Foodservice Consultants Society International - The Americas Division

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

GovEvolve

Habitat for Humanity International Home Furnishings Association HUBZone Contractors National Council Independent Beauty Association

Independent Community Bankers of America

Independent Electrical Contractors

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Innovative Lending Platform Association International Franchise Association

International Sign Association Leading Builders of America Manufacturer & Business Association

Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America

Modular Building Institute

Modular Home Builders Association National Association for Surface Finishing National Association for the Self-Employed National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations National Association of Professional Insurance Agents National Association of Realtors

National Association of Surety Bond Producers National Association of Tax Professionals National Association of the Remodeling Industry National Career Development Association National Community Pharmacists Association National Cotton Council

National Electrical Contractors Association

National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association (NEMRA) National Limousine Association

National Marine Manufacturers Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) National Stone, Stand & Gravel Association National Wooden Pallet & Container Association New York State Land Title Association

North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Page 30 Coalition

Painting Contractors Association

Pet Industry Distributors Association. Professional Beauty Association (PBA)

Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association

Small Business Roundtable

Society of American Florists

Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association

 

The Brick Industry Association

The Energy Marketers of America (EMA) The Global Cold Chain Alliance

The Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers

The National Bankers Association

The National Council of Investigation & Security Services The Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) The Small Business Council of America

The Small Business Legislative Council

The Texas Bankers Association

Tire Industry Association

U.S. Black Chambers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce United Veterinary Services Association Vacation Rental Management Association Washington Retail Association

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) World Floor Covering Association Young Audiences Arts for Learning