Cassidy, Republican Senators Call for Investigation of P3 Family Planning Loans
WASHINGTON – US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) joined a group of 24 Republican senators to call on Isabel Guzman, administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), to open an investigation into the loans of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) granted to Planned Parenthood affiliates. Senators pledged to monitor the situation in addition to demanding an investigation.
The group that sent the letter also included U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Steve Daines (R-MT ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tim Scott (R-SC), Todd Young (R-IN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jim Risch (R-ID), Ben Sasse (R- NE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rob Portman (R-PA) and Marco Rubio (R -FL).
In the letter, the senators wrote:
“It is unacceptable for the SBA to continue to approve PPP loans to organizations that are clearly not eligible for funding. This is unacceptable, not only because the SBA, like other agencies, must be a loyal and responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, but also because continuing to make funds available to Planned Parenthood affiliates is in direct violation. of the law.
“We urge the SBA to promptly initiate an investigation into how these loans were made in flagrant violation of applicable affiliation rules and whether Planned Parenthood, affected lenders or SBA staff knowingly broke the law. , and that appropriate legal action be taken if so. “