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Romney and colleagues seek information from SBA Administrator Guzman on illegal PPP loans to Planned Parenthood affiliates

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WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), led by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), requested information from the administrator of the Small Business USA Isabella Casillas Guzman regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Received by Planned Parenthood Affiliates Across the United States

“On May 19, 2020, the SBA informed a number of Planned Parenthood affiliates that they had wrongly applied for 38 PPP loans totaling over $80 million. The SBA determined that these local affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America were ineligible for PPP loans under applicable affiliate rules and size standards, and that the loans they received should be returned” , wrote the senators. “Despite this determination, the SBA has approved 17 new PPP loans to Planned Parenthood Affiliates totaling nearly $40 million in 2021. Additionally, under your direction, the SBA has canceled at least 34 Planned Parenthood PPP loans. nowadays. This raises serious questions about the SBA’s handling of the PPP program that was intended to relieve small businesses. In order to better assist Congress in fulfilling its oversight function, please provide the information requested in this letter no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2022.”

Senators Romney and Paul were joined by Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to send the letter.

CONTEXT:

Under 5 USC § 2954, “[a]n Executive agency, at the request of the Committee of [Oversight and Reform] of the House of Representatives, or of seven members thereof, or at the request of the Committee on [Homeland Security and] Government Affairs of the Senate, or five members thereof, will submit any information requested of it concerning any matter within the jurisdiction of the committee. »

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is responsible for studying:

The efficiency and economy of the operations of all branches of government, including the possible existence of fraud, wrongdoing, malfeasance, collusion, mismanagement, incompetence, corruption or practices contrary to ethics, waste, extravagance, conflicts of interest and inappropriate expenditure of public funds in the transactions, contracts and activities of government or government officials and employees and all such improper practices among government personnel and the companies, individuals, firms or persons affiliated with them, doing business with the government, and the compliance or non-compliance of such companies, firms or individuals or other entities with rules, regulations and laws governing various government agencies and government relations with the public.

The text of the letter is available here.