It’s always been unclear what exactly President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka actually does in the White House. She, like her father, had no qualifications for a government position prior to her role. This Sunday morning, she tweeted a call for Congress to approve new funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, which has been providing forgivable loans to small businesses with the express purpose of helping keep people on the payroll. Her tweet seemed completely ignorant of the actual negotiations that are currently underway between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Congressional Dems. Does she even know they’re unfolding?
We cannot let minority-owned small businesses fall through the cracks of the Paycheck Protection Program. I joined my colleagues this week calling for data transparency on small business loans to make sure that people of color aren’t being shut out from help during a pandemic.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 18, 2020
It’s not like there’s some question that both sides do support additional funding for small business support after the previous funds ran out.
‘Congress: Fund the Paycheck Protection Program! Millions of hardworking Americans and small businesses need this relief!’
Congress: Fund the Paycheck Protection Program!
Millions of hardworking Americans and small businesses need this relief!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 19, 2020
Congress is working on it — well, except the Congressional Republicans who have been rushing to the media and Twitter with complaints about Democrats’ supposed obstruction of the process. In fact, Democrats have been hammering out an actually effective plan, since writing the administration a blank check might result in even more large businesses getting prioritized for assistance over smaller establishments. The publicly traded Ruth’s Chris Steak House chain alone got around $20 million, while other harder hit businesses were unable to get anything.
There are thousands of businesses in my district that are struggling to get relief and find a lender to work with. This article demonstrates exactly why we cannot simply dump more money into a broken program without first improving it.https://t.co/8EuBVQu54p
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 17, 2020
Democrats have been attempting to secure additional funding for local health authorities and federal food purchasing assistance programs for needy families in an attempt to actually bulk up community support beyond throwing the money out necessary to keep only some people on the payroll.
High end steak house receives $20 million in aid.
Many Mom and Pop shops have been shut out.
We c/n blindly give this administration billions more and expect things to be different.
That’s why House Dems are fighting for changes.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) April 17, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response below: