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In Opposition to Pelosi, Some House Democrats Demand More Funding for Small Businesses


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Nancy Pelosi’s been disappointing to say the least during the COVID crisis.

While President Trump is spending his days giving press briefings and developing plans for reopening businesses, Nancy Pelosi has been spending her quarantine in her humongous San Francisco home.

The $350 billion approved for small businesses in the COVID relief fund has officially ran out. Trump is requesting Congress grant another $250 billion in relief for small businesses. he understands that without aiding small businesses, the American economy will greatly suffer.

Pelosi, however, has other ideas in mind. Her and Chuck Schumer want to see money funneled to hospitals and food stamp programs instead of focusing on the immediate needs of small busineses.

Pelosi has stalled Trump’s request for an additional $250 billion for small businesses. According to her, there’s no data the funds are needed.

Check out this clip of Pelosi’s response to Republicans’ request for additional small business aid:

Now, some Congressional Democrats are going against Pelosi and demanding that additional aid immediately be disbursed to small businesses.

Honestly, it's rare to see such disunity in the Democrat party, but it's refreshing to know that some Democrats see the importance in keeping America's small businesses alive during this time.

Here's the latest tweets from House Democrats:

Here's the latest news from Reuters on the subject:

Some moderate Democrats key to their party’s control of the U.S. House of Representatives are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move quickly to replenish a fund to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, saying other party priorities can wait.

Both Democrats and Republicans appeared hard-pressed Friday to end a stalemate that has lasted more than a week over President Donald Trump’s request to add $250 billion to a small-business loan program. Congress set up the program last month as part of a $2.3 trillion coronavirus economic relief plan, but it has already run out of money.

Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer say they favor more money for small businesses but also want more coronavirus response funds for state and local governments and hospitals, as well as food assistance for the poor.

President Donald Trump criticized the Democrats at his daily task force briefing, saying they were refusing to move forward to replenish the funding but also said he was in favor of adding money for hospitals.

Democrats in battleground districts are already under attack by Republican campaign operatives because the emergency loans for small businesses have dried up. This week some of these Democrats said their congressional leaders should prioritize the small business funding and get it flowing again.

“When it comes to helping our small businesses recover, time is of the essence,” Representative Elaine Luria, who ousted a Republican in 2018 from one of Virginia’s most competitive districts, said in an email to Reuters.

“Senate and House leadership must act immediately and I am prepared to return to the Capitol to vote for a clean appropriations supplemental bill to replenish the funding and give our small businesses the resources they need,” Luria said.

Representative Dean Phillips, who in 2018 became the first Democrat to represent his Minnesota district in decades, said, “Congress must cast aside partisan affiliations and pass relief for these companies now. No delay. No excuses.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy held an online press conference explaining the importance of keeping the money flowing for small businesses. His explanation contrasts sharply with Pelosi's.

Take a look below:

Breitbart also had details to add on the "rebellious" Democrats:

McCarthy slammed Pelosi’s unwillingness to pass a simple refunding of the small business relief fund despite the government announcing this week that another five million Americans became unemployed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

McCarthy said during a press conference on Thursday:

Secretary Mnuchin asked [Congress] last week if we could increase [Paycheck Protection Program funding] by $250 billion… Mitch McConnell went to the floor in the Senate on one page [and] asked for unanimous consent. Unfortunately, the Democrats said no.

We continue to ask that that money be put in now. If you go to the SBA website it tells you not to apply because there’s no more money. That doesn’t have to be the case…

I can not understand how, after watching another 5 million get unemployed, Speaker Pelosi continues to say no. It’s just unheard of, [this is] a program that is working to help small businesses stay afloat and [keep] their employees hired.

“All it takes is the Democrats to say yes,” he added.



 

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