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Thanks to Democrats, There’s No More Relief Money for Small Businesses

Well, Democrats took a stand last week, refusing to consent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to add another $250 billion to the federal relief program intended to help small businesses suffering from the coronavirus shutdown. Because the proposal did not hit a bunch of identity politics buttons – special funds for minority-owned businesses, carve-outs for banks in black communities, etc. – the Democrats blocked it. Well, thanks to their games, the program has run out of money. Sorry, struggling entrepreneurs looking for your money. The Democrats thought it was more important to pander to their voters.

Initially funded with $349 billion, the relief program was clearly headed towards a zero balance as early as last week as business owners rushed to take advantage of the funding. It was at this point that McConnell and Republicans went to the floor of the Senate with their proposal, hoping that such an obvious need could be handled by unanimous consent.

Unfortunately, even in times of crisis, the Democrats know how to make a problem all about them and their voters. They blocked the bill, left the program to run out of money, and here we are. As of Wednesday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that 1.4 million applications had been approved, and that more than $300 billion of the original funds were already spoken for.

“Senate Democrats played a game of chicken with essential small business relief and now small business owners and their employees will suffer because of their inaction,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Jesse Hunt.

His remarks were echoed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who heads up the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“Sadly it appears #PPP will grind to a halt tonight as the limit on $ allocated to guarantee #PPPloans about to be hit,” Rubio tweeted. “Now 700,000 small business applications are in limbo & no new loans will be made until the game of chicken in Congress ends & additional $ approved. Inexcusable.”

Even some Democrats, like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, expressed frustration with their party.

“The Senate should approve (additional) funding by unanimous consent ASAP,” she wrote. “Small businesses need our help to survive during this emergency.”

But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t budge from her position on Wednesday night, insisting that Republicans need to fulfill their wish list if they want the bill to pass.

“State and local governments are desperate for resources. Hospitals, desperate for resources. That’s what we’re saying we need. Small businesses, state and local governments and hospitals, that is what the Senate [Democrats] put on the floor last week. We’re very proud of them for doing that. And that is something that needs to be done,” Pelosi said.

But what Pelosi and other Democrats don’t get is that one thing has nothing to do with the other. Let’s handle THIS, and then lawmakers can talk about the next stimulus bill, if one is required. Pelosi and Schumer are trying to throw their weight around at the exact wrong moment, at the expense of the exact wrong people.

But then, what else is new?

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  1. Analysis reveals ‘rotten, un-American Giveaway’ GOP Buried in COVID-19 Relief Package to overwhelmingly benefit millionaires. Because of a Republican loophole in stimulus package hedge fund managers and Wall Street got the overwhelming majority of moneys.

    Source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/analysis-reveals-rotten-un-american-giveaway-gop-buried-covid-19-relief-package

    Thank god the House Democrats stood their ground to make sure that all taxpayers got their $1,200 US treasury checks. Con-man Trump held these checks up so he can have his name on that relief check. When Treasury checks when went out in the past NO president had their name it.

  2. What ARE YOU crazy? It is TRUMP’S name on those 1200.00 dollar Checks! And it is TRUMP to Thank for those 1200.00 Checks. WHAT DO YOU MEAN NANCY HELPED WHO? Not the little guys? Not Ever? I do not see her name on any checks? BUT … I did notice she BLOCKED SMALL BUSINESSES From getting their MONEY. We can Thank Nancy for that. …. GO TRUMP! THANK -YOU SIR FOr My 1200.00 Dollar Check! … At Least Get It RIGHT PEOPLE!

    • Actually it was HOUSE DEMOCRATS that proposed cash payments of $1,500 per person on 23 March and it was the SENATE REPUBLICANS that knocked it down to $1,200. Trump and Senate Republicans had no choice if they wanted the stimulus package passed. Document facts do matter.

      The real heroes for these $1200 checks come from the Democrats. Thank you Democrats standing up for the every day working people.

      It’s typical for Trump to take credit for something that other people worked hard to get. When things go sour Trump will blame everybody else. He will never accept responsibility when things go bad.

      For the real story check out: https://thehill.com/policy/finance/489156-house-democrats-propose-cash-payments-of-1500-per-person

    • For the record – On march 23, 2020 The House Democrats had proposed a $1,500 cash per person and $1,500 per qualifying child. It was the Republican Senate that knocked it down to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. If it wasn’t for House Democrats everything would have gone to small business. In the past when Federal checks went out they never had the president’s name on it. Donald Trump tried to take credit stimulus package checks that are going to working people, but we know the truth.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488677-democrats-balk-at-1200-rebate-checks-in-stimulus-plan

  3. I do not remember pelosi or schummer on my ballot when I voted. So, why they acting like they are the President and telling us, We the people, what will happen. They are NOT my representative.

  4. Well, there ARE some Democrats who are not PLAYING politics with PEOPLE’s lives, and I applaud them as well as the GOP who have care and concern for the U.S. Citizen. One Grateful Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  5. Allenhip
    President Trump was the one who first said “The American people will get $1200.00 dollars per adult and each child would receive $700.00 to help during the covid-19. When Nancy Pelosi flew back to Washington from her vacation she is the one (along with Schumer) who changed everything. That’s when they started asking for things that had absolutely nothing to do with the corona stimulus package.THE DEMOCRATS DON’T CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR HOW THEY SUFFER. NOW THEY ARE TRYING TO DEFUND THE SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS’S. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE UP TO.
    TRUMP & PENCE 2020

    • For the record – On march 23, 2020 The House Democrats had proposed a $1,500 cash per person and $1,500 per qualifying child. It was the Republican Senate that knocked it down to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. If it wasn’t for House Democrats everything would have gone to small business. In the past when Federal checks went out they never had the president’s name on it. Donald Trump tried to take credit stimulus package checks that are going to working people, but we know the truth.

      https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488677-democrats-balk-at-1200-rebate-checks-in-stimulus-plan

  6. Do NOT fall for their ANTICS again! . . . We DON’T need Left Wing Liberal FAILED POLICIES. And, REMEMBER them at the 2020 Elections as they lose SEAT after seat. It will be a LANDSLIDE win for the GOP. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

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