Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) wants Congress to ban abortion providers from receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and to require Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) offices to return the $80 million they received under the CCP Virus economic relief initiative.
“We want legislation that specifically demands that Planned Parenthood give the money back for several reasons, including the Hyde Amendment,” Marshall told The Epoch Times Monday.
“Also, they are a large association, this program was meant for businesses with 500 or fewer employees while they employee 16,000 people, and they have $2 billion in assets. This loan was not meant for them,” Marshall continued.
Marshalls proposal—the Abortion Provider Loan Elimination Act—would extend the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding to groups that terminate unborn babies lives as a medical procedure, to the PPP program.
The Hyde Amendment was first adopted by Congress in 1976 and was named for then-Rep. Henry Hyde, an Illinois Republican. The measure has to be attached to specific appropriation bills and in recent years has only been added to those funding federal health care programs.
Congress did not apply the Hyde provision to the PPP program when it approved it as part of the $3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security Act (CARES).
“We believe it should be. Those of us who believe in life and regard the sanctity of life think it should have been. But these were federal funds and they were used as forgivable loans to abortion providers,” Marshall told The Epoch Times.
Marshalls proposal currently has 23 co-sponsors, all Republicans. The proposal has also been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life Committee, and the Family Research Council (FRC).
“We even sent a letter to the SBA saying, do not give money to Planned Parenthood and despite our letter telling them not to, they went ahead and did it,” he said.
Marshall was referring to an April 30 letter he and 93 Republican Senate and House colleagues sent to Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza encouraging her to not extend PPP loans to PPFA or any of its local affiliates.
They noted that the CARES measure gave SBA wide latitude in defining eligibility for the PPP loans to ensure they went to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees.
“Under these rules, PPFA, and each of its affiliates, should be deemed affiliated due to their common management, and thereby disqualified from PPP loans based on their aggregated size of around 16,000 employees nationwide,” the letter said.
Several PPFA affiliates, however, applied for and received PPP loans totaling $80 million.
“We actually think there was fraud in what they did, it was very fraudulent, and they should be prosecuted as well,” Marshall said Monday.
“The good news is the Paycheck Protection Program was the most successful federal program we ever saw rolled out,” he continued. “But we were in such a hurry to save jobs that we had to do it quickly.
“In Kansas, it saved over 500,000 jobs, but we knew the opportunities for fraud and for grey areas would happen. Typically, when we have called out companies that took the money but shouldnt have, they returned the money, but there are still some out there hanging on to it, inclRead More From Source