President Donald Trump, saying Democrats are blocking funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, accused them of “killing American small businesses.”
Trump’s comments came in a Thursday tweet. He wrote: “Democrats are blocking additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program. They are killing American small businesses. Stop playing politics Dems! Support Refilling PPP NOW – it is out of funds!”
His comments came after the Small Business Administration said it has stopped accepting applications for the $349 billion federal relief program aimed at helping small business survive the coronavirus crisis.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also have accused Democrats of blocking emergency aid and treating a bipartisan program “like a Republican priority which they need to be goaded” into backing.
“The cost of continued Democratic obstruction will be pink slips and shuttered businesses,” they said in a joint statement “We hope Democrats see reason soon and finally heed Republicans’ repeated calls for a funding bill that can quickly earn unanimous consent.”
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