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House passes infrastructure bill and extension of Paycheck Protection Program deadline

House passes infrastructure bill and extension of Paycheck Protection Program deadline


Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, has proposed important legislation to help the country prepare for the next pandemic.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill and a measure to extend the application deadline for the national Paycheck Protection Program, Rep. Brian Higgins said.

Higgins, D-Buffalo, spoke in support of the infrastructure bill on the House floor, saying, “This American nation building program is the largest in American history … at a time when our nation is desperate for economic growth.”

The Moving Forward Act, co-sponsored by Higgins, includes funding that can be used for removal of structurally deficient bridges such as the Buffalo Skyway and infrastructure that divides communities, Higgins said. He pointed to the Kensington Expressway and the Scajaquada Expressway as examples. 

The prior deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program was Tuesday. The bill would extend it to Aug. 8.

The extension also has passed the Senate.

The program provides loans to small businesses and is overseen by the Small Business Administration.

According to Higgins' office, the SBA has reported that more than $518 billion in loans have been provided to more than 4.8 million small businesses that applied for assistance.

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