Yesterday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, along with Jim Matheson from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, will be announcing a major program to provide funding for broadband access in rural areas. Additionally, the House stands in recess, and will return on August 23 to vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package and the $3.5 trillion budget resolution.

Bills of Interest

  • Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI-11) introduced a bill to  establish a grant program to provide minority business enterprises access to entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bill to amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to increase the fiscal year 2021 commitments to guarantee certain business loans of the Small Business Administration.
  • Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to provide relief from surcharges to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bill to require the Small Business Administration to license new lending institutions to make loans under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act.