Sen. Rand Paul keeps up fight to recover PPP loans illegally given to Planned Parenthood
UPDATED 2:40 PM PT – Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) has doubled down on the fight against the Small Business Administration’s illegal funding of Planned Parenthood. Under the Trump administration last year, officials found the SBA illegally gave dozens of Planned Parenthood branches about $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. The SBA asked the organization to give back the loans after determining that they were ineligible, but some branches refused.
In an exclusive interview with One America News earlier this year, Sen. Paul said Planned Parenthood continued to illegally obtain PPP loans under the Biden administration. Paul said he would not give up on the fight to hold the SBA accountable.
“We’re going to keep on this, we’re going to pursue this. We don’t think that Planned Parenthood should be getting any taxpayer dollars, but certainly they shouldn’t be getting COVID relief money that’s not legally destined for them,” Paul told OAN’s John Hines.
Meanwhile, Sen. Paul and Republican members of the Small Business Committee have sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and SBA leaders, requesting their help in recovering the funds. The Small Business Committee is also attempting to stop a vote on the SBA’s nominee for deputy administrator until the agency takes action.