Paul Criticizes SBA for Continued Funding of Abortions Through PPP | State

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At a US Senate Small Business Committee hearing on Wednesday, US Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, the committee’s ranking Republican, continued his efforts to stop taxpayers’ money from funding abortions.

During the hearing, Paul asked Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman about the SBA’s continued funding of abortions using taxpayer dollars through Check Protection Program loans. of pay.

“I asked SBA Administrator Guzman about the Biden administration’s decision to allow small business loans to Planned Parenthoods and fund abortions across America, which is a reversal of resolve of the Trump administration that these loans were illegal,” he said. “I have repeatedly asked for more information which she has yet to provide. Today she again refused to give us that information, even though she clearly knows the answers.

On April 15, Paul says he and Republican members of the committee sent a letter detailing how two Planned Parenthood affiliates were approved for second-draw loans despite being ineligible for those loans. The letter asked the SBA to investigate and provide additional information regarding Planned Parenthood affiliates’ participation in the PPP by April 23.

According to Paul, during Guzman’s confirmation hearing, she pledged to review PPP loans made to Planned Parenthood and to ensure that SBA’s affiliate rules were followed and enforced according to law. Since his confirmation, however, Paul says the SBA has approved at least six additional loans to Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates for $17.6 million, including a recent approval to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York for $10 million. dollars, the maximum loan amount.

On May 19, 2020, the SBA determined that local PPFA affiliates were ineligible for PPP loans under applicable affiliate rules and size standards and that any loans they received should be returned. The SBA cited the PPFA’s control over its local affiliates in a number of different areas, such as medical standards, affiliate patient transfers, and a credentialing review process administered every three years as evidence of an affiliated organizational structure.

Because PPFA has nearly 16,000 employees nationwide, the SBA determined that these PPFA affiliates were not eligible for PPP and requested that each of the 38 affiliates return the $80 million in PPP funds they wrongly received.

Paul says that during the partisan budget reconciliation process earlier this year, Democrats planned to waive SBA affiliation rules for nonprofits, which would have made the PPFA eligible for PPP. Paul forced the Democrats to remove the provision and vigorously argued the Senate Congressman that this waiver would only benefit Planned Parenthood and thus violated the so-called Byrd Rule.

Before the congressman could comment on the arguments presented, Paul claims that Democrats tabled an updated version of the bill that did not include the offending provision, a concession that avoided setting a precedent.

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