House Votes For $30B Small Business Lending Fund - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

House Votes For $30B Small Business Lending Fund

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill authorizing a $30 billion fund for community banks to increase lending to small businesses.

Banks that tap the fund must issue preferred stock to the Treasury Department, paying dividends based on how much they increase lending to small businesses. The more they lend, the lower the divided payments.

House Democrats projected that community banks would use the fund to leverage up to $300 billion in loans to small businesses. Republicans argued the bill would do little to increase lending
with no guarantee the money would go to small businesses.

The bill is being merged with a package of tax breaks to encourage investment in small businesses that passed the House Tuesday. The package now goes to the Senate.
      

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