As Paycheck Protection Program dries up, Democrats Block Additional Funding

"[The Democrats] are killing American small businesses. Stop playing politics Dems! Support Refilling PPP NOW – it is out of funds!”. - President Donald Trump

Minnesota economy

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was recently released, unleashing $350 billion into American small businesses to aid them in keeping their companies afloat, ensure their doors stay open and workers employed. Many businesses were able to take advantage of this program, despite legislators understanding that it was only a matter of days before the Paycheck Protection Program would need to be replenished. The PPP has run out, and many businesses are still left up in the air.

Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader and US Representative for California, recently tweeted “Democrats have spent days blocking emergency funding for Americans’ paychecks, and today, the money for the Paycheck Protection Program completely runs out. The cost of Schumer and Pelosi’s obstruction will be pink slips and shuttered businesses.”

President Trump added on, excoriating Democrats in a tweet before the Senate session saying that they are “blocking additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program. [The Democrats] are killing American small businesses. Stop playing politics Dems! Support Refilling PPP NOW – it is out of funds!”.

Democrats recently blocked a request from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to unanimously approve a $250 billion Paycheck Protection Program replenishment to the original $350 billion fund, demanding more aid and other needs to be included in order to fit their exclusivist agenda.

 Republicans in the US Senate and House worked tirelessly to pass a $250 billion replenishment of the PPP to keep the tide of relief to Minnesota businesses coming. 

Minnesota Democrat legislators including Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, and Collin Peterson silently stood on the sidelines, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, and their fellow Senate Democrats allowed Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to block critical relief for countless small businesses. 

Preya Samsundar of the Republican National Committee notes that “Minnesotans won’t forget how Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, and Collin Peterson abandoned them during a global pandemic. How many businesses closed and employees furloughed will it take before Minnesota Democrats take action to replenish the PPP?”