GOP Pushes Investigation Into “Improper” Coronavirus Funding To Planned Parenthood
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Several Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Justice Department on Thursday, bringing up their concerns with “improper” coronavirus relief funding that was provided for affiliates of Planned Parenthood through the federal government’s Payment Protection Program, something that was designed to help small businesses keep their employees on the schedule throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Republican representatives, the Payment Protection Program explicitly states that abortion providers like Planned Parenthood were prohibited from receiving the help from the federal government, but continued to do so anyways. If Planned Parenthood is found to have received the coronavirus relief funding, this action would be in clear and direct violation of the Hyde Amendment, which forbids any medical clinics who offer abortion services from obtaining any amount of taxpayer money.
Check out what the Washington Examiner reported below:
More than two dozen Republican senators are urging the Justice Department to look into Planned Parenthood receiving "improper" loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.
The lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas as well as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote in a Thursday letter to Attorney General William Barr that the organization was prohibited from receiving coronavirus relief funds but got millions of dollars in low-cost loans anyway.
"The Paycheck Protection Program established by the CARES Act was designed by Congress to help struggling small businesses and nonprofit organizations by giving them access to low-cost loans for expenses like keeping their employees on payroll during this pandemic," they wrote. "It was not designed to give government funds to politicized, partisan abortion providers like Planned Parenthood."
This request from members of Congress came shortly after the political action committee for Planned Parenthood claimed that Republicans were using the coronavirus legislation to push an anti-abortion agenda.
According to a accusation from the political action committee, "the bill gives the Small Business Administration broad discretion to exclude Planned Parenthood affiliates and other non-profits serving people with low incomes and deny them benefits under the new small business loan program."
However, the Republican lawmakers argue that this statement from the organization indicates that they were aware they were ineligible for the loans from the federal government, yet went through with the fraudulent act regardless.
"Based on these statements, it seems clear that Planned Parenthood knew that it was ineligible for the small business loans under the CARES Act long before its affiliates fraudulently self-certified that they were eligible. As you know, fraudulent loan applications can trigger both civil and criminal penalties," they wrote.
As more legislation continues to be negotiated to address the coronavirus, Democrats are continuing to try and take advantage of the situation with their own ideas, but Republicans in Congress are working to make sure that no taxpayer money will be sent towards abortion clinics or any other areas where they are not absolutely necessary.
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