Washington D.C., May 18, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Planned Parenthood affiliates have continued to be approved for emergency small business loans in 2021, despite protests by senators who say they should be ineligible for the loans.
The office of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said last week that it had once again sought an explanation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as to why Planned Parenthood affiliates were continuing to receive loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program was set up under the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to small businesses and eligible non-profits to help with payroll and day-to-day costs during the pandemic.
Paul, the ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee, said that Planned Parenthood affiliates unlawfully received funds through the program, and his Republican colleagues on the committee joined him in expressing their displeasure.
Members of the committee had initially sent a letter on April 15 to SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, asking her for a “detailed explanation” of how two Planned Parenthood affiliates received second-draw loans from the program after the SBA had already determined they were ineligible.