Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted policymakers and real estate professionals to learn more about and to collaborate on the best ways to address racial disparities in homeownership in Minnesota. “In Minnesota, the homeownership rate among white households is 77% compared to only 24% among Black households. Today, I brought folks together to discuss this issue and how we can address it so that everyone can fulfill the American dream,” said Craig. “At the end of the day, this is about making sure families can pass that American dream on to their children.”
Now, another Minnesota member of Congress — Rep. Angie Craig — is leading an effort to pass legislation that would allow business owners to apply for a second PPP loan as long as their sales have declined at least 50% since the onset of COVID-19.
Angie’s record in Congress over the last two years has shown that she will put in the work to lower out-of-pocket costs and prescription drug prices.
And according to Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig, who authored the latest PPP bill, that’s changing. “In the second round in the negotiation process, we did a better job of making sure that we carved out dollars for the smallest of small businesses,” Craig said. She says that is also true of this third round of PPP money that is available now. “Take another look at the program. If you have trouble finding a lender, call my district office, we will help get the list,” Craig said.
Unlike many representatives, Craig actually shows up. She hasn’t missed a single vote in Congress. And, when she is home, she is a visible presence in every community in the 2nd District. Even during a pandemic, Craig is still working to be accessible to her constituents. Just last week, she held her 18th public town hall meeting.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was lead sponsor of the successful push in Congress to extend a federal subsidy program for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus.
“The administration of this program has been absolutely terrible,” said Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), after recounting a story in which it took the SBA more than a week to check on the status of a loan application for a business in her district.
The Government Accountability Office issued a report June 25 showing U.S. Rep. Angie Craig’s Payment Integrity Information Act led the government to halt improper economic assistance payments, according to Craig’s office.
“It’s simple: small businesses deserve access to the remaining funds in the Paycheck Protection Program. We’ve asked our Main Streets to be flexible and adapt to unprecedented impacts from a global pandemic, and today I ask my colleagues to do the same,” Craig said.
Representative Angie Craig, Democrat of Minnesota, who oversaw the measure’s passage on the floor, said lawmakers needed to set aside partisan politics and listen to small-business owners. “Our communities deserve our commitment that their best interests are what is driving our legislation,” she said in a statement.