As the environment in response to Covid-19 continues to be challenging, the California Community Banking Network (CCBN) is asking for relief and clarity from policymakers in order for community banks to focus on their customers and communities and further the overarching goal of reviving the country.
CCBN applauds the recent executive order signed by President Trump directing agencies to use all emergency authorities to swiftly rescind or temporarily waive restrictive regulations and is hopeful more can be done to help ease burdens on community banks and small businesses.
CCBN also supports the Independent Community Bankers of America’s (ICBA) recent letter to Congress urging inclusions to the next legislative package, which include recommendations addressing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
SBA data shows the tremendous role community banks have played, funding more than half of the loans in the first PPP round. Community banks have been working tirelessly to fund and ensure the survival of small businesses throughout the country and continue to navigate through the PPP.
Current PPP guidance and criteria remain unclear and as community banks service these loans it is crucial that relief from any red tape is lifted to allow community banks to provide essential funding to keep small businesses alive. More specifically relaxing the PPP criteria and simplifying the forgiveness documentation will greatly alleviate the daunting challenges of this already obscure process.
As community banks continue to track, report and fund these loans, more reprieve and guidance is necessary. Community banks are seeking the reasonable discretion and prudence of regulatory agencies as they support small businesses and aid in economic recovery.
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