Rep. Ron Kind released the following after a Bloomberg story found a rule change, advocated for by Rep. Kind, led to rural states getting a larger share of Paycheck Protection Program loans:

“Our farmers and agricultural producers are the heart of our rural communities and economies in Wisconsin. The Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifeline for our farmers and small businesses everywhere, but far too many were getting left behind. Not only does that impact our farmers, but it impacts our local and state economies. I’m proud of the bipartisan work we’ve been able to accomplish in order to ensure our farmers have full access to the relief they need, and our rural communities are not left behind or forgotten.”

In June, Rep. Kind and colleagues from both sides of the aisle introduced bipartisan legislation to expand access to PPP loans for certain farmers and ranchers who had previously been deemed ineligible for loans under the program. The legislation was included in the COVID-19 relief package that was passed in December.

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