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COVID EIDL Loans Are Set To Come Due In April, But Schumer Says Omicron Wave, Increased Costs And Uncertainty From Supply Chain Disruptions Makes Financial Burden On Small Biz Too Great To Start Payments

Senator Says Extended Pause Would Provide Relief Across Every County Of The State To Over 330,000 New York Small Businesses And Nonprofits That Have A COVID EIDL Loan

Schumer To Feds: Give New York’s Main Street Small Biz The Relief They Need to Recover!

With COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) payments expected to start next month, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a push to extend the deferment period for the loan payments to put small businesses and nonprofits in New York and across the country in a better position to fully recover from the pandemic. In a joint letter to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Isabel Guzman, the senator urged the administration to extend the deferment on small businesses that received  COVID EIDL relief having to pay back their loans. Schumer said that the latest Omicron wave and economic uncertainty due to rising costs and global supply chain disruptions have put the recovery of many small businesses in a vulnerable position, and that extending the payment pause would give small businesses much-needed breathing room and temporary relief to survive and get back on their feet. 

“The EIDL program has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of New York’s small businesses and nonprofits, across every county of the state, struggling to stay afloat during these turbulent times. However, with loans starting to come due next month, and many of our small businesses, from local restaurants to mom-and-pop stores, as well as nonprofits still feeling the impact of the recent Omicron wave and rising costs from supply chain disruptions, so many of New York’s small businesses are still not financially prepared to shoulder the burden of this looming cost,” said Senator Schumer. “That is why I am calling on the SBA to extend the pause on EIDL loan payments to give New York’s Main Street small businesses the temporary relief they continue to need.  After two years in this pandemic, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and one more extension of the loan payments will help our small businesses and nonprofits be in the best position to fully recover.”

Schumer broke down the distribution and the economic impact of EIDL loans for New York regionally below:


Approved COVID EIDL Loans

(one per small business or nonprofit)

Total COVID EIDL Loan Approval Amount

Capital Region



Hudson Valley



Western NY



Finger Lakes



Central NY



Southern Tier



North Country



Mohawk Valley



Long Island






Schumer explained that over 330,000 New York small businesses and nonprofits have received over $34.5 billion in relief through the EIDL program and nationally nearly four million borrowers are impacted by the looming start of loan repayments. Schumer said that the SBA has the authority to extend the deadline, as it did last year, to give small businesses and nonprofits additional time before loan payments come due. Extending the deferment period would allow small business owners to make long-term planning decisions without the looming prospect of loan repayments as another hit to their bottom lines.

A copy of Schumer’s joint letter to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration Isabel Guzman appears below:

Dear Administrator Guzman:

We write today in support of the nearly four million Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) small business borrowers that continue to struggle due to the COVID pandemic and ask that you use your administrative authority to extend the deferment period for the EIDL program to help small businesses across the country thrive as our economy continues to recover.

The EIDL program has provided a lifeline for wide array of industries and business sectors. While there are many hopeful signs that the economy is improving, most small businesses are not yet in a position to benefit from the recovery due to their smaller profit margins, more limited inventories, lack of access to capital, and supply chain delays. The enterprises that turned to the Small Business Administration (SBA) during the pandemic include some of the most vulnerable businesses in our nation. Granting them additional time before having to pay back their loans would not only provide much-needed relief during this period of continued uncertainty, increased costs, and supply chain challenges, but also put them in a much better position to thrive once the economy is fully recovered.

Upon your confirmation last spring, we were encouraged by your immediate decision to extend the deferral period for the EIDL program from 12 to 24 months. This decisive use of your authority was an acknowledgment that the operating environment for small businesses remained perilous, due not only to the continuing health threat, but to large scale changes that had greatly altered our economy during the pandemic. As you know, small businesses find it challenging to support debt even in the best of times. Your decision to extend the EIDL deferment period provided immediate relief and was warmly welcomed by businesses trying to get their bearings after a year spent fighting to survive.

Unfortunately, since the beginning of your tenure at SBA, additional COVID-19 variants forced businesses to contend with many challenges. The U.S. Census Bureau reported small businesses started 2022 not operating at full capacity, facing staffing shortages, and decreased revenues. For the past year, small businesses have faced difficult decisions: do they invest their limited capital to prepare for customers that may not be able to come through the door or do they risk being unable to meet demand and suffer damage to their hard-earned reputations? Do they hire workers to serve clientele that may not materialize or accept the possibility of being understaffed and overwhelmed? Do they proceed in anticipation of a return to normal or do they permanently adapt their business model? No business can answer these questions with certainty right now, and yet they are unavoidable, forcing small business owners to make crucial decisions that will ultimately determine the viability of their enterprises. These are also decisions that put tremendous pressures on a small business’s balance sheet.

You have the authority to reduce at least some of the uncertainty businesses are facing with regard to their EIDL loans. As you did last year, we encourage you to use the SBA’s statutory authority to provide additional breathing room for small businesses whose loan payments will soon become due. As you know, small businesses are resilient and innovative. The knowledge that debt service will not be a short-term concern is invaluable. Extending the deferment period allows these small businesses to use their cash on hand for operating expenses, pay employees and make long term planning decisions.  

When Congress funded the COVID EIDL program in 2020, it did so to ensure small businesses would have access to the capital they needed to weather this pandemic and ultimately come out of it stronger. After two turbulent years, we know the end is in sight, and SBA should continue to provide small enterprises the resources and relief. We ask that you recognize the continued uncertainty and struggles for small businesses and extend the COVID-19 EIDL deferment period.