Biden signs PPP Extension Act of 2021

President Biden on Tuesday signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, saying small businesses need more help amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re pushing lenders to raise their game and provide more help to small — many small businesses.  As you know, particularly Hispanic, as well as African American small businesses are just out of business because they got bypassed the first time around,” the President said at the signing ceremony.

He added: “Today, I’m proud to sign the extension, which I’m going to do in a second, of the Paycheck Protection Program.  It is a bipartisan accomplishment. 

“Nearly 90,000 business owners are still in line, and there’s money left.  Without somebody signing this bill today, there are hundreds of thousands of people who could lose their jobs, and small and family businesses that might close forever.  And, as you know, small business is the backbone of our economy, representing almost 50 percent of all the employees in America.

“And I want to thank Senators Cardin, Shaheen, Rubio, and Collins for their work in the Senate — it was a bipartisan effort — and Young Kim and Velazquez, as well as Luetkemeyer for their work in the House to make sure this happened.

“And in the last two months, we’ve approved forgivable loans for three thousand — excuse me, three million six hundred [sic] small businesses — -six hundred thousand small businesses.  And three million three hundred [thousand] of those small businesses were less than — higher — had fewer than 20 employees, which is the backbone of most of the communities.

“So with that, I’m going to sign this.  And thank you all for coming.”

Chief White House Correspondent for

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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