Davids Stands Up for Kansas Small Businesses in Hearing with SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman
Today, Representative Sharice Davids focused on helping Johnson County fraud victims and securing resources for Kansas businesses during a hearing with Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. Administrator Guzman appeared before the House Small Business Committee for the first time this morning to discuss pandemic relief programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs (EIDL).
These programs have been a lifeline for Kansans, but they have not been without challenges – nearly $1 million in fraudulent EIDL loans were taken out in the names of Johnson County residents earlier this year. Davids called on SBA in February to investigate these claims, and in March she successfully fought for SBA to extend the repayment deadline for non-fraudulent EIDL loans to 2022. Watch Davids continue to push for answers for local victims of fraud below:
“In February, my office raised concerns with SBA about fraud and abuse in the PPP and EIDL programs, in part because a number of Johnson County residents—which is in the Third District in Kansas—have been the victims of identity theft and fraud that took place in the EIDL program,” said Davids. “I have urged SBA to focus on these cases because they are not only a misuse of taxpayer funds, but they also directly and personally impact the constituents in my community.”
Davids worked with her Small Business Committee colleagues to direct targeted relief to the hardest hit businesses through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and Shuttered Venue Operators Grant programs, and already more than $2.7 billion has been distributed to those in need. However, demand for these programs quickly grew to over twice the amount provided by Congress, and eligibility requirements unnecessarily excluded some Kansas businesses. Watch Davids advocate for these small business owners to get the help they need below:
Throughout the pandemic, Davids has worked tirelessly to ensure that small businesses continue to serve as the heart of our community. She introduced the SUPPLIES Act, which would promote manufacturing of PPE and medical equipment like face masks, hospital gowns, ventilators, and testing materials at small and medium manufacturers here at home. She has also been a fierce advocate for minority- and tribal-owned businesses, working with SBA to secure critical funds through PPP for these traditionally underserved business owners. Additionally, Davids’ office continues their commitment to assisting constituents who have experienced issues with fraudulent loans and encourage them to call her district office at (913) 621-0832 if they need assistance reporting these claims.