Dem Senators Slam Small Business Relief

Via The Washington Examiner:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) effort to provide an extra $250 billion to small businesses in the latest coronavirus relief bill is a “political stunt,” two Senate Democrats said Thursday.

“He’s just dumping money,” Sen. Doug Jones (D., Ala.) told MSNBC. “This is a political stunt by Senator McConnell again, just like he did when we were discussing—and in good faith discussions and negotiations—about how to get COVID 3 done. He did the same thing: put something on the floor of the Senate that he knew was not going to pass so he could have a political message.”

Jones said McConnell lied, claiming McConnell never negotiated the bill with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and was “once again playing politics with the American people.”

Democrats wound up blocking the Republican bill proposing an additional $250 billion to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, an existing provision from the previous coronavirus stimulus bill. It gives loans to small business owners to keep their workforce employed amid a mostly nationwide shutdown.