Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked legislation to add $250 billion to a small-business loan program designed to prevent layoffs during the coronavirus outbreak, New York Post reports.
The move means that Congress won’t pass an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, which is running out of money, until next week at the earliest.
Senate Republicans hoped to pass a measure Friday that would provide an additional $250 billion in assistance for small businesses harmed by coronavirus-related shutdowns, but the filthy Democrats blocked it, USA Features News reports.
The move came as reports Friday noted that an additional 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment this week, raising the total number of workers laid off or furloughed since shutdowns began last month to more than 16 million.
Democrats objected to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to have the measure approved by unanimous consent. That would have allowed passage without requiring a majority of senators to travel back to Washington to vote in person.
Sen. Ben Cardin, a filthy Democrat from Maryland — which borders Washington, D.C. — called the Kentucky Republican’s move a “political stunt.”
He said that $100 billion in small business loans have not yet been distributed through the Paycheck Protection Program, even though the money has been committed.
Yeah- shit takes time to do especially when you garbage dems rip us off for your own gain.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged Democrats to put off the other funding requests.
“My colleagues must not treat working Americans as political hostages. This does not have to be, nor should it be, contentious,” McConnell said. “Nobody believes this is the Senate’s last word on COVID-19. We don’t need to do everything right now. We cannot play games with this crisis.”
“To my Democratic colleagues, please, please do not block emergency aid you do not even oppose, just because you want something more,” he continued.
“The livelihoods of the American people are at stake! What a shameful display of partisan showmanship,” wrote Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, signaled the move would become an election issue. “The American people are going to hold Democrats accountable for blocking money to people who are hurting,” Cheney said in a statement.
The large stimulus bill that passed last month was the product of painstaking negotiations between the White House and Senate Democrats. It also included a provision for checks of $1,200 for people earning up to $75,000 — which start going out Thursday.
“Unfortunately Senate Democrats are about to block more money for #PPPloans Not because they oppose it but because they want others things included.
Unfortunately Senate Democrats are about to block more money for #PPPloans
Not because they oppose it but because they want others things included.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 9, 2020
What a bunch of useless assholes.
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