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Rand Paul hasn’t given up on recovering illegitimate PPP loans to Planned Parenthood

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading the charge to hold the Small Business Administration accountable for sending funds to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America using Paycheck Protection Program loans. This is the latest valiant attempt by Paul and minority members of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to stop the SBA from inexplicably providing funds to affiliates of the abortion giant nationwide.

“The Small Business Administration illegally gave taxpayers’ money to Planned Parenthood entities across America,” Senator Rand Paul told me. “Today I led minority members of the Small Business Committee to stand united against allowing a vote on the SBA’s nominee for deputy trustee until the administration of the SBA is taking steps to recover the wrongfully acquired funds.”

The SBA determined that Planned Parenthood was ineligible for PPP loans totaling approximately $80 million under applicable affiliate rules and size standards as of May 2020. As such, the SBA requested that these loans are repaid, but they never were. In April, Paul and Republican members of the Small Business Committee wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick GarlandSBA Inspector General Mike Items, and the SBA administrator Isabel Guzman asking for their help and an investigation into the use of PPP funds by Planned Parenthood.

Over the spring, the SBA revealed that not only were most requests for the return of funds ignored, but Planned Parenthood branches had requested and obtained more loans, even though they had previously been advised that they were not were not eligible. The senator’s statement reads as follows:

“The SBA wrongfully approved nearly $100 million in taxpayer-funded Paycheck Protection Program loans to Planned Parenthood branches across the country. On June 30 alone, the SBA approved four PPP loans to Planned Parenthood affiliates despite the last administration’s ruling that those entities were ineligible for the program. We will not allow a vote on this nominee until the SBA takes action to recover PPP funds wrongfully acquired by Planned Parenthood entities.

In what can only be described as an effort to deflect attention from the family planning controversy, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey accused Republicans to “play politics”.

“Senate Republicans continue to play politics with our nation’s small business recovery and refuse to show up and do their jobs. I urge my colleagues to put recovery ahead of politics and vote on the appointment of @Dilawar Syed to the Small Business Administration.

Ironically, while Markey accused Republicans of playing politics and not running, it was Markey who failed to show up to vote. The Democrats who were so concerned about the nomination did not have a quorum.

It is the last controversial involving family planning. The facts suggest that Planned Parenthood knowingly and willfully took taxpayers’ money to which it was not entitled. Bureaucratic malfeasance is common in our country, but there appears to be deliberate wrongdoing in this situation. If an organization like Planned Parenthood is able to bend the rules at a time when the entire country is suffering vast economic setbacks, it demonstrates that organizations that align themselves politically with the ruling Democrats are simply above the law.

Planned Parenthood owes taxpayers about $100 million. Democrats can’t change that by swearing and not running for their own votes.