As businesses all across America reel with the crippling effects of shutdowns and decreased traffic, they are crying out for help. Small businesses in particular have been greatly impacted during COVID-19, which is why Republicans acted Thursday by proposing a clean bill that would send $250 billion in relief for small businesses.
Just like they did two weeks ago, Democrats blocked crucial relief aid because it didn’t include liberal priorities.
The $250 billion was going to go toward the Paycheck Protection Program, which helps provide direct subsidies to businesses to pay rent, keep staff on payroll, and aid in other expenses. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have sounded the alarm that the initial $350 billion in the prior relief package for small businesses is running low.
Leader McConnell called out the Democrats’ partisan games on Twitter as soon as the aid got blocked in the Senate.
“Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and asked to increase the dollar amount without changing anything else. But they blocked it.”
McConnell and Republican leaders, by direction of the White House, pushed for the aid without playing political games. The relief package was going to be a clean bill, one that was meant to be bipartisan and void of any partisan desires. Even that wasn’t enough for Democrats to consider helping small businesses.
Senate Democrats said the relief bill did not do enough, a similar excuse that they’ve used in the past. Democrats demanded that the bill include more support for minority-owned businesses, and more money for hospitals, as well as state and local governments. Knowing the Democrats, they likely want to sneak other wishes into a next relief package that they may not say publicly.
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin had an elitist perspective on the proposed $250 billion package, calling it a “political stunt.” Because providing aid to small businesses is a political stunt according to Democrats.