Congressman Fred Keller applauds passage of Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

June 4, 2020
Press Release
Keller-supported bill headed for President Trump’s signature

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) on Thursday applauded the Senate passage of H.R. 7010—The Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. The bipartisan legislation passed the House of Representatives last week with Congressman Keller’s support and now heads to the President for his signature.

 

The legislation, among other things:

  • Extends the forgiveness period to 24 weeks.
  • Replaces the 75/25 payroll cost use rule with a 60/40 rule.
  • Provides that all new Paycheck Protection loans will receive a 5-year maturity. Existing loans will remain at a 2-year maturity.
  • Allows businesses that receive forgiveness to also receive payroll tax deferment.
  • Ensures small businesses will not be penalized by high unemployment benefits.
  • Creates a safe harbor for businesses that are required to open only at 50 percent capacity.

 

Through the end of May, Pennsylvania small businesses have received over $20 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans.

 

In response, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) made the following statement:

 

“The Paycheck Protection Program has been one of the most crucial tools authorized as part of the federal government’s response to COVID-19. We have heard countless times how this program has saved small businesses on the verge of closing and kept employees hired so they can support their families during this uncertain time.

 

“While helpful to many, small businesses and lenders have almost universally called for more flexibility in the program to ensure Paycheck Protection loans can be used most effectively to meet their intended end, which is to keep employees hired and help small businesses weather this pandemic.

 

“I was proud to support the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act in the House and will be glad to see President Trump sign this important measure into law for the benefit of small businesses and employees across the country.”

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