One of the bigger issues surrounding the failure of Congress to reach agreement on a new coronavirus relief package is the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The loan program, which originally was scheduled to expire back in June, was extended until August 8 by Congress at the end of June. It was anticipated that any new coronavirus relief legislation may well have extended the program again, but with Congress failing to reach agreement, the program ended last Saturday. Some businesses that may have participated in the PPP have now reached the point where they can begin the process of requesting loan forgiveness and we recommend working closely with your lenders to ensure that the requisite documents are all in order for that process to move forward. Although not all PPP funds have been expended, while Congress remains in a stalemate (and the US Senate recessed yesterday until September), the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be unable to make any further concessions or program changes relative to the Paycheck Protection Program.