Schumer and Pelosi Tell GOP to 'Stop Political Posturing,' After Dems Blocked Bipartisan Paycheck Protection Funding

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Posted: Apr 13, 2020 9:45 AM
Schumer and Pelosi Tell GOP to 'Stop Political Posturing,' After Dems Blocked Bipartisan Paycheck Protection Funding

Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker Pelosi released a joint statement Monday morning demanding that Republicans stop “political posturing” on COVID-19 small business relief legislation, after the pair of Democratic leaders successfully blocked additional funding for the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last week:

The delay of additional funding, as the original funding runs out as small businesses begin to see relief, is at the hands of Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi, who torpedoed the bill when their list of unrelated demands were not met. Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), proposed a clean bill to add $250 billion more funding to PPP last Thursday, but Democrats blocked it. 

Leader McConnell and House GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) continue to advocate for clean legislation to give $250 billion in additional funding to PPP, and to keep small business relief legislation separate from phases of the CARES Act, which delivers relief checks directly to Americans:

An economic crisis of this stature is no time for partisan grandstanding, but Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill continues to use a global health pandemic to score political points and make ideological gains.

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