30 Senators Urge Small Business Administration to Block Planned Parenthood from Receivinng PPP Loans

Senator James Lankford joins 30 other representatives in sending a letter to Jovita Carranza, US Small Business Administrator, in an attempt to stop Planned Parenthood affiliates from receiving additional Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Lankford is also calling on the DOJ to investigate improper funding to Planned Parenthood after affiliates received loans during the first round of the PPP.

In the letter sent to Carranza, Senators say, “The coronavirus relief package Congress passed on December 21 authorizes a second round of PPP loans for certain small businesses and non-profits that received and fully spent a PPP loan earlier this year. Eligibility requirements for these “second-draw” loans are similar to the requirements for initial loans authorized under the CARES Act. Generally speaking, applicants for the initial waves of PPP loans had to employ no more than 500 employees across all of their affiliates in order to be eligible for a loan; applicants for a second-draw loan must have no more than 300 employees across all of their affiliates Planned Parenthood employs about 16,000 people nationwide.”

You can read their full letter below:

“Dear Administrator Carranza,

We write to urge you to take precautions so that affiliates of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most notorious abortion provider, do not receive loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as they did earlier this year in defiance of the law.

The coronavirus relief package Congress passed on December 21 authorizes a second round of PPP loans for certain small businesses and non-profits that received and fully spent a PPP loan earlier this year. Eligibility requirements for these “second-draw” loans are similar to the requirements for initial loans authorized under the CARES Act. Generally speaking, applicants for the initial waves of PPP loans had to employ no more than 500 employees across all of their affiliates in order to be eligible for a loan; applicants for a second-draw loan must have no more than 300 employees across all of their affiliates. As before, applicants for a second-draw loan must self-certify that they are eligible to receive such a loan; the Small Business Administration has written that “incorrect or false eligibility certifications by borrowers are subject to severe penalties.”

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SOURCE: FOX25, Melissa Scavelli

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