CNA Staff, May 14, 2020 / 10:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
A group of senators want to allow larger non-profits access to emergency loans during the coronavirus pandemic—with an exception to exclude abortion providers.
New legislation introduced on Wednesday by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), joined by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), would modify regulations so that non-profits with more than 500 employees could also be eligible for emergency Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during the pandemic.
When the PPP was set up under the CARES Act in March, one of the sticking points in debate was the eligibility of Planned Parenthood and abortion providers for emergency assistance.
The 500-employee limit barred Planned Parenthood from accessing PPP loans; a group of more than 90 members of Congress wrote the Small Business Administration on April 30, asking them to maintain restrictions on Planned Parenthood’s eligibility for the loans.
Loeffler’s bill forbids any taxpayer funding of abortion providers under the program.