ICYMI: Spano Calls for Investigation into Planned Parenthood Receiving Paycheck Protection Program Relief Funds
$80 Million Dollars of Taxpayer Dollars Went to Organization
Washington, May 23, 2020
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ross Spano (R-FL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations and the sole Florida Representative on the House Small Business Committee, joined his colleagues in calling for an investigation into how Planned Parenthood (PP) received upwards of $80 Million dollars in forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).“The Paycheck Protection Program was designed and meant to help small businesses during this pandemic—not a profitable organization with over 16,000 employees,” said Rep. Spano. “Those who have improperly taken advantage of the program, like Planned Parenthood, will have to answer before Congress and return all funds. Taxpayers demand and deserve transparency."
Spano's call follows a letter sent by 27 Senators sent to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the office of the U.S. Attorney General. During the negotiations for the CARES Act, Congress explicitly guaranteed that nonprofit organizations, like Planned Parenthood and their affiliates, who have 500+ employees would not be eligible for PPP loans. Despite this stipulation, now law, Planned Parenthood applied for and obtained taxpayer dollar loans totaling over $80 million dollars in forgivable loans.
Earlier this month, Rep. Spano co-sponsored the ‘Protecting Life in Crisis Act’. This legislation prohibits use of federal dollars appropriated under COVID-19 response funds from funding abortions or providing abortion coverage by extending existing Hyde Amendment protections.
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