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Introduced in House (09/13/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6826


To amend the Small Business Act to provide for disaster loans to repair, rehabilitate, or replace property damaged or destroyed by hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 13, 2018

Ms. Velázquez introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business


A BILL

To amend the Small Business Act to provide for disaster loans to repair, rehabilitate, or replace property damaged or destroyed by hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Access to Sufficient Capital for Everyone in Natural Disaster areas Act of 2018” or the “ASCEND Act of 2018” .

SEC. 2. Revised disaster deadline.

Section 7(d) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(9) DISASTER LOANS FOR HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and subject to the same requirements and procedures that are used to make loans pursuant to subsection (b), a small business concern, homeowner, nonprofit entity, or renter that was located within an area and during the time period with respect to which a major disaster was declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170) by reason of hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria may apply to the Administrator—

“(i) for a loan to repair, rehabilitate, or replace property damaged or destroyed by reason of hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria; or

“(ii) if such a small business concern has suffered substantial economic injury by reason of hurricane Harvey, Irma, or Maria, for a loan to assist such a small business concern.

“(B) TIMING.—The Administrator shall select loan recipients and make available loans for a period of not less than 1 year after the date on which the Administrator carries out this authority.

“(C) INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEW.—Not later than 6 months after the date on which the Administrator begins carrying out this authority, the Inspector General of the Administration shall initiate a review of the controls for ensuring applicant eligibility for loans made under this paragraph.”.

SEC. 3. Collateral requirements for disaster loans.

(a) Amendment to the RISE After Disaster Act of 2015.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Section 2102 of the RISE After Disaster Act of 2015 is amended by striking subsection (b).

(2) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall take effect as though enacted as part of the RISE After Disaster Act of 2015.

(b) Sunset.—Effective on the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, section 7(d)(6) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(d)(6)) is amended in the third proviso—

(1) by striking “$25,000” and inserting “$14,000”; and

(2) by inserting “major” before “disaster”.

(c) Report.—Not later than 180 days before the date on which the amendments made by subsection (b) are to take effect, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall submit to Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives a report on the effects of the amendments made by subsection (a), which shall include—

(1) an assessment of the impact and benefits resulting from the amendments; and

(2) a recommendation as to whether the amendments should be made permanent.


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