Congressman Horsford Announces Win for Small Gaming Operators Accessing SBA Assistance

April 24, 2020
Press Release

Las Vegas, Nev. -- Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) announced that Nevada’s small businesses that earn revenue from gaming will now be eligible for loans from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. 

“Today, we received the welcome news that small businesses that earn revenue from gaming will be able to access the assistance they need, as we intended when we passed the coronavirus response legislation in Congress. The SBA was wrong to discriminate against these businesses in the first place and I’m glad they agreed to change their position after hearing from the entire Nevada delegation,” Congressman Horsford said.

“The gaming industry is vital to our state’s local small businesses; it supports more than 350,000 small business jobs and delivers $52 billion annually in small business revenue, including construction, manufacturing, retail, and wholesale firms. It was discriminatory and unfair for these small businesses to have been left out in the first place, and I am proud that my advocacy led to this necessary change for the people of Nevada.”

Yesterday, Congressman Horsford testified in the Small Business Committee on behalf of Nevada’s small gaming operators who were excluded in guidance for disbursement of the Paycheck Protection Program. The Congressman also highlighted that minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses have been disproportionately unable to access SBA loan funding.

Video of the Congressman’s testimony can be watched and downloaded here.