March 25, 2021

Senate Passes Manchin's Bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Extension Bill

Senate passes Senator Manchin’s Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act 92-7 with strong bipartisan support

Washington, DC –Today, the Senate passed U.S. Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through May 31, 2021.

“The Paycheck Protection Program has helped so many West Virginia businesses – especially our small businesses – stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m pleased the Senate voted to extend the PPP program through the end of May. While I wish this legislation extended PPP through September to give businesses more support, this is a step in the right direction,” Senator Manchin said. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass my commonsense legislation and I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure our businesses receive the support they need during these difficult times.”

At the beginning of March 2021, there have been nearly 9,000 PPP loans, totaling more than $639 million for West Virginia alone. Senator Manchin also fought to include an additional $7.25 billion for PPP in the most recent COVID-19 relief bill to help support West Virginia businesses.

To learn more about funding and benefits for West Virginia in the American Rescue Plan, click here.