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08.10.20

Schumer And Pelosi’s Intransigence Allowed ‘Crucial’ PPP Lifeline To Lapse

Democrats Demanding Everything Or Nothing In Coronavirus Relief Negotiations Has Resulted In The Expiration Of The Successful PPP Small Business Loan Program, Just As Small Businesses Are Again Running Out Of Money SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Congress should be strengthening the PPP. Instead, the Democrats have put it in jeopardy. This [past] Saturday, August 8, [was] the official deadline for anyone who hasn't yet gotten a loan to apply. The door close[d Saturday] and m… Continue Reading


08.05.20

States, Schools, And Employers Agree Liability Protections Are Necessary For Reopening

State Officials, Schools And Universities, And Business Groups Are All Calling For 'Common Sense Civil Liability Protections' In Order For America To Reopen Safely And Prevent 'A Growing Wave Of Lawsuits' Against Organizations That Faithfully Followed Health Guidelines SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It's about hospitals and doctors and nurses and teachers and universities and colleges and K-12. This is not just liability protection for businesses. They're included along with… Continue Reading


07.29.20

Healthcare, Economic Assistance, Liability, And Schools

The HEALS Act Is Designed To Get More Help To Americans, Boost Our Health Providers And Medical Researchers, And Assist Small Businesses And Schools So They Can Reopen Safely SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Yesterday, Senate Republicans put forward the HEALS Act - our framework for another round of historic relief for American workers and families. Our nation stands at a challenging crossroads. We have one foot in this pandemic and one foot in the recovery. We can't go back t… Continue Reading


07.27.20

Senate Republicans Introduce The HEALS Act

As They Did With The CARES Act In March, Senate Republicans Are Leading On The Next Response To The Coronavirus With 'A Tailored And Targeted Draft' Focused On 'Getting Kids Back In School, Getting Workers Back To Work, And Winning The Healthcare Fight Against The Virus' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[W]e have one foot in the pandemic and one foot in the recovery. The American people need more help. They need it to be comprehensive. And they need it to be carefully tailored… Continue Reading


07.02.20

In June, A Tale Of Two Chambers

'While The House Has Been Missing In Action On The Longest Spring Break In Human History, The Senate Has Been Conducting The People's Business' A Tale Of Two Chambers:While the House has been largely MIA for months now, the Senate has been taking care of the people's business. pic.twitter.com/Sxt179BvV5 - Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) July 2, 2020 SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "While the House has been missing in action on the longest Sprin… Continue Reading


06.05.20

The Senate’s Busy First Week Of June

This Week, The Senate Passed A Bill Updating The PPP Program, Confirmed The Inspector General For Pandemic Recovery, And Held Seven Hearings On COVID-19 And CARES Oversight, In Sharp Contrast With The House, Which, As Sen. Schumer Says, 'Is Not In Session Now' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[T]here is plenty of work before the Senate. And unlike the Democratic House of Representatives, which I understand may next appear here in Washington in about a month, the Senate is pres… Continue Reading


06.04.20

PPP Loans Are Keeping Small Businesses Alive And Workers Employed

SEN. COLLINS: 'The Paycheck Protection Program Is The Single Most Critical Stimulus Program Protecting Main Street America' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "[B]ack in March, as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip our country, the Senate's historic CARES Act set up the Paycheck Protection Program to help protect American workers from layoffs during the crisis. Thanks especially to its chief architects, Senator Rubio and Senator Collins, the PPP has literally saved tens of mi… Continue Reading


05.20.20

PPP: A Lifeline To Workers Nationwide

The Paycheck Protection Program Has Helped The Iconic Louisville Slugger Factory, A Health Clinic For Low-Income Patients In Georgia, A Massachusetts Boys And Girls Club, A Key Community Foundation In North Carolina, A New York Florist, A Manufacturer In Michigan, Local Newspapers In Arkansas, And Small Businesses All Over The Country SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Every single day, the historic CARES Act that we wrote and passed to fight this pandemic continues to come onli… Continue Reading


05.12.20

Hospitals And Small Businesses Call For Pandemic Liability Protections

As America Works To Safely Reopen, Hospitals, Small Employers, And Business Associations Join Senate Republicans' Push For Liability Protections Against Frivolous Lawsuits "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) are working on legislation to expand liability protections for businesses as they begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic…. McConnell has called expanded liability protections the 'red line' for Republicans o… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Liability Protections Are Essential To Reopening The American Economy

Senate Republicans Are Insisting On Liability Protections For Health Providers And Small Businesses As They Face 'A Wave Of Litigation' Over Coronavirus Infections That Could Result In A 'Jackpot For Liability Lawyers' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I think I can safely say, for our team here, the Republican Senate majority, if there's any red line, it's on litigation. The litigation epidemic has already begun…. And so we are working on a narrowly crafted liability pr… Continue Reading


05.04.20

‘A Huge Relief’: PPP Funds Continue Helping Main Street Small Businesses

Local Businesses Are Getting A Lifeline And Employees Are Keeping Their Jobs Thanks To Popular Loans From The Paycheck Protection Program "The Trump administration announced Sunday that 2.2 million small business loans worth $175 billion have been made in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza said in a joint statement that the average size of a loan made under the second iteration of… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Democrats Delayed, Small Businesses Suffered

Democrats Stalled For 'Leverage' That Never Materialized, And In The Interim People Lost Livelihoods And Jobs SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "It became clear 12 days ago that the small business program was out of money already. The demand was enormous. Senate Republicans and the administration felt that we ought to immediately plus that up. That was not acceptable to the Democrats." (Sen. McConnell, Press Conference, 4/21/2020) LEADER McCONNELL: "It's unfortunate that it took… Continue Reading


04.16.20

Democrats’ PPP Obstruction Will Now Cost People Their Paychecks

With the Paycheck Protection Program Officially Out Of Funding, Pelosi And Schumer's Shameful Actions Will Now Directly Harm Hardworking Americans SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "One week ago, on this floor, I warned that the Paycheck Protection Program was running out of money and tried to a pass clean funding bill. Senate Democrats blocked it. Here's where we are, a week later, with absolutely no progress. This morning, the program ran out of money and shut down, just as I war… Continue Reading


04.14.20

As Democrats Delay, Money To Assist Small Businesses Will Run Out By The End Of The Week

With Small Businesses Struggling To Survive, Democrats Continue To Block Extra Funding For 'A Bipartisan Program' That Will Help Those Businesses And Their Workers STEVEN MNUCHIN, Secretary of the Treasury: "As the president said, we've gone back to Congress and asked them for more money … [T]he president's view, and the vice president's and my view, is this was a bipartisan program. This SBA program, it wasn't a Republican program, it wasn't a Democrat program, it was a bipartisan prog… Continue Reading


04.10.20

PPP Is Already Saving Small Business Jobs, But Democrats Object To Extending That Lifeline

As Millions Are Laid Off, Speaker Pelosi Sees 'No Data' As To Why The Payroll Protection Program Immediately Needs $250 Billion More For Small Businesses, Despite Widespread Interest And Reports From Across The Country Of Businesses And Paychecks Already Being Saved SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Senate Democrats just blocked urgent money for a popular, bipartisan job-saving program which they themselves literally coauthored with us two weeks ago. I complimented both sides and … Continue Reading


04.09.20

Democrats Block Attempt To Swiftly Deliver More Relief To Small Businesses And Workers

'The Country Cannot Afford Unnecessary Wrangling Or Political Maneuvering. Treating This As A Normal, Partisan Negotiation Could Literally Cost Americans Their Jobs' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Soon I will ask unanimous consent to increase the funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to a new total of $600 billion. I'm not talking about changing any policy language that both sides negotiated together. I am literally talking about deleting the number 350 and writing 600 … Continue Reading


04.03.20

Pelosi Retreats Again After Senate Republicans Put Brakes On Liberal Wish List

After Republican Senators Emphasized That The Government Must First Make Sure The CARES Act Is Working And That Future Measures Must 'Not Serve As A Grab Bag For [The Speaker's] Liberal Wish List,' Speaker Pelosi Changed Her Tone On New Coronavirus Response Legislation 'Democrats Pivot': 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi Shifted Her Tone On Friday, Calling For A Much More Focused "Phase 4" Relief Package' "There has been a noticeable shift in rhetoric in the last day or so. Democrats -- including Spe… Continue Reading


03.31.20

The CARES Act Is ‘A Critical First Step’ To Help Americans

'Congress Was Able To Cast Aside Our Differences And Come Together In Short Order For The Good Of Our Country' Providing Assistance To Families, Workers, Small Businesses, Medical Providers And More Leader McConnell 'Was Determined To Put His Own Stamp On The Next Economic Aid Plan,' Which 'Senators In Both Parties Hailed The Passage Of … Especially Considering The Extraordinary Circumstances' "[T]he majority leader was determined to put his own stamp on the next economic aid plan,… Continue Reading


03.27.20

The CARES Act Is ‘A Rescue Operation For The American People’

The CARES Act 'Says A Lot About The United States Senate As An Institution, Our Willingness To Put Aside Our Differences, And To Do Something Really Significant For The Country' SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "I'm proud to announce tonight, not a single senator voted against this $2 trillion rescue bill to save American individuals, small businesses, large businesses, and to provide considerable funding for the healthcare workers and the scientists and the doctors and others … Continue Reading


03.25.20

The CARES Act Will Rush Assistance To American Workers, Families, Small Businesses, And Health Care Providers

Extensive Bipartisan Negotiations Have Strengthened The CARES Act, Which Will Help Stabilize The Economy, Provide Recovery Checks And Unemployment Insurance To Americans, Support Small Businesses, And Surge Funding For Hospitals And Medical Equipment SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): "Ten days ago, I laid out four urgent priorities for new Senate legislation to help our nation through this crisis. We had to get direct financial assistance to the American people. Get historic aid… Continue Reading

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