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Source: US House of Representatives Republicans

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Rep. Steve Chabot has proposed legislation (H.R. 8265) that would allow small businesses that still need relief to access the $135B left in unspent PPP funds. The bill calls for no new spending and would be a lifeline for workers across the country. How could anyone oppose it?

Well, instead of bringing this commonsense bill up under suspension or passing it so key aid can flow to employees whose jobs are in jeopardy, House Democrats have failed to act:

  1. Last Friday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler formally offered a petition to discharge this bill to the floor for a vote. To date, no Democrats have signed.  
  2. Three times since 9/23 – including once today – Republicans have ordered the Previous Question on the floor that, if it were defeated, would bring the bill up for a vote. Democrats have opposed it each time.
  3. Today, 35 House Republicans made individual unanimous consent requests to bring this legislation to the floor. The Democrat majority rejected each one of those requests.   

Why? While negotiations on a larger bill unfold, what excuse do Democrats have for blocking key assistance for small businesses and workers that need it?