(USA Features) House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said he found it “sickening” that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would hold up new aid for small businesses suffering losses under coronavirus-related shutdowns to advance her party’s agenda.
The Louisiana Republican shared in an interview with Breitbart News some “heartbreaking” stories of local business owners and others around the country who can’t access Paycheck Protection Program loans because Pelosi is blocking new funding legislation in the Democrat-controlled chamber.
“I have asked small businesses across the country who have been rejected because the PPP ran out of money, trying to hold their business together, to share their story with me,” he said.
“And we received hundreds of stories, and so many of them are heartbreaking. Some of them are just trying to hold on to their family business and maybe the 20 employees that have been with them since the start of the company, and they might not be able to make it because Pelosi is playing these games,” Scalise continued.
“I think the more we share these stories, it shows that there’s a human face to this game of chicken they’re playing with their livelihoods with millions of Americans, and hopefully that gets them past this hostage-taking attitude they have and gets them to a point where they reach out and help somebody and not do it in exchange for some unrelated liberal wish list,” Scalise added.
One story he shared was that of Delta Electronics Company in Harvey, who told Scalise:
We are about 7 days away from shutting our doors down for good and possibly declaring bankruptcy. We don’t know what else to do. I’m tired of crying myself to sleep every night wondering what tomorrow holds. Will we lose everything we worked for? Our house? Our retirement? The Democrats need to stop playing games with peoples lives from their million dollar homes with their financially secure futures. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Star Coaches in Atlanta, Georgia, said:
I feel very bullied by Pelosi. I’m sure she’s in “no hurry” approving the extra funds… Meanwhile my husband almost had a mental breakdown yesterday. He’s had his tour-bus business for 30 years and then told the one saving hand that was within reach, one day away from having a SBA approval now went to, sorry we ran out of funds and Pelosi won’t let us deliver any more even though we have it! We’re now accumulating $200,000 in debt every month we’re closed, because of bus lease payments and bus insurance.
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a deal had been reached.
“We have a deal, and I believe we’ll pass it today,” the New York Democrat told CNN, though he cautioned that aides still had a few I’s to dot and T’s to cross.