Rep. Steve Chabot has proposed legislation (H.R. 8265) that would allow small businesses that 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.
Instead of bringing this commonsense bill up under suspension or letting it come to the floor so key aid can flow to employees whose jobs are in jeopardy, House Democrats have still failed to act on it:
- On September 25th, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler formally offered a petition to discharge this bill to the floor for a vote. To date, no Democrats have signed it.
- Three times since September 23rd, 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.
- On October 1st, 35 House Republicans made individual unanimous consent requests to bring this legislation to the floor. The Democrat majority rejected each one of those requests.
While negotiations on a larger bill unfold, Democrats have no excuse for blocking key assistance for small businesses and workers that need it.
- The Hill: “GOP presses for vote on PPP legislation”