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President Trump has signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPP & HCE Act), a $484 billion package which was passed by both the Senate and the House the week of April 20, 2020.
PPP & The CARES Act
Following the passage of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package at the end of March, one of the most talked about provisions was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The CARES Act had earmarked $349 billion for PPP, which was designed to help small businesses cover their payroll, benefits, utilities, and rent and mortgage payments.
However, it came as no surprise that these loans – forgivable if certain requirements were met – ran out extremely quickly, as small businesses flocked to banks to apply for relief. On paper, $349 billion sounded like a lot of money – but it was “destined to be oversubscribed from the start.”
The public demand for more funding allocated to the PPP was a major factor in driving the creation of the latest bill.
What’s in the PPP & HCE Act?
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