Democrats in the Senate blocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s effort to legislate more funding to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which gives small businesses the opportunity to take out forgivable loans during COVID-19.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) ultimately torpedoed Leader McConnell’s effort by objecting to a vote by unanimous consent, calling the effort to deliver more relief to America’s small businesses a “political stunt.” A bipartisan program, PPP alleviates the economic hardship facing small businesses while the economy is virtually shut down.
While they originally published an accurate depiction of what happened in the Senate this morning, CNN reversed course to place blame on the GOP majority, and give no fault to Democrats who blocked the funding:
CNN is at it again. Changed the headline to match Dem messaging in record time. pic.twitter.com/o42Tf85U6K— America Rising (@AmericaRising) April 9, 2020
This is CNN.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) April 9, 2020
Their headline at 10:36AM was the accurate one. pic.twitter.com/N89U8ZuXSM
This misrepresentation is not only inaccurate, but also dangerous for Americans seeking information. The American people deserve to know which lawmakers put aside ideology in order to alleviate economic distress, and which party chose partisanship over relief for small businesses during a global health pandemic. Despite CNN’s virtue signaling in defense of Democrats, the delay of additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program is at the hands of Senate Democrats, and Americans will suffer because of their delay.
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