(NewsReady.com) – Last week, Democrats attempted to forcibly tack on additional spending onto an interim COVID-19 stimulus bill during a Senate meeting. That resulted in a stalemate and the inability to pass another bill to help small businesses get the help they need. Dems are taking advantage of the current situation because it only takes a single lawmaker to hold up a proposed bill during these pro forma sessions.
It seems like this trend will continue until at least May 4 as Congress continues its recess.
#PPP has provided $2.7 billion to more than 14,000 #smallbiz and non-profits in South Carolina. With money quickly running out, Democrats are holding up additional funding in exchange for political pet projects. More from @GOPLeader and @SenatorTimScott: https://t.co/16oQh7dnUR
— Congressman William Timmons (@RepTimmons) April 15, 2020
Top Democrats are now trying to sidestep Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are circumventing him, talking directly to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to try and work out a deal.
Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which loans to small businesses, could expire on Thursday while unemployment claims could continue to rise in the near future. President Donald Trump may be interested in a deal to renew this program.
If renewed funding doesn’t come through this week, then the PPP may have to wait until the second week of May for additional loan activity.
By leaving McConnell out of the process, Democrats are attempting to circumvent the processes of democracy they champion so much. They know that the Senate majority leader wants to pass a bill to help small businesses. He just doesn’t want Pelosi and Schumer to stuff the bill with pork. The duo is attempting to have their cake, and eat it too, by trying to leave the Senate leader out of the loop.
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