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A draft copy of the huge $2 trillion Senate coronavirus rescue bundle anticipated to be handed on Wednesday would bar firms receiving federal loans from inventory buybacks for one yr after the mortgage is paid again.
The invoice authorizes $25 billion in loans to passenger air carriers, $four billion to cargo air carriers, and $17 billion for “businesses critical to maintaining national security.” It additionally authorizes as much as $454 billion in loans to different eligible companies in any other case unable to obtain credit score.
The laws would additionally bar giant firms from paying dividends to shareholders for one yr after the mortgage is paid again, and from lowering their employment ranges by 10% till the tip of September. Midsized firms can be barred from paying dividends whereas the mortgage is excellent.
Along with loans, the laws additionally authorizes money grants to these within the airline business. It requires $25 billion in grants for passenger airways, $four billion for cargo carriers and $three billion for contractors.
The grant situations name for a pause on dividends and buybacks by way of September 2021 and a pledge to “refrain from conducting involuntary furloughs or reducing pay rates and benefits until September 30, 2020.”
Liberals and a few high-profile conservatives expressed assist for situations on taxpayer help to firms hit by COVID-19. President Donald Trump, throughout a White Home information briefing final week, stated he supported such a provision. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a former Democratic presidential candidate, contended that bailed-out companies must be barred from conducting buybacks completely.
The textual content of the laws should be finalized and voted on by the Senate, authorised by the Democratic-controlled Home of Representatives and signed by Trump earlier than changing into regulation.
The Senate is anticipated to take up the laws later Wednesday. The Home is unlikely to vote on the matter till Thursday.
— CNBC’s Kayla Tausche contributed to this report.