The Trump Administration Wants Planned Parenthood to Return COVID-19 Aid
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NPR Reports: Trump Administration To Planned Parenthood: Return Coronavirus Relief Funds
The Trump Administration is asking Planned Parenthood to return COVID-19 aid relief, which amounts to million of dollars in loans.
In letters obtained by NPR, the Small Business Administration, which administers the Paycheck Protection Program, informs local affiliates that they are ineligible under the program's rules intended to limit the funds to small businesses and nonprofit organizations. In total, the letters say, Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide have applied for more than $80 million through the forgivable-loan program, which was set up through the CARES Act.
Small businesses and nonprofits with less than 500 employees can apply for the loans and PP says that local member organizations meet these qualifications.
The Small Business Administration asks affiliates to either return the funds or respond with documentation demonstrating eligibility for the program. The letters end with a warning that "if SBA determines that a borrower made a knowingly false certification" on a loan application, the agency "may refer the borrower for appropriate civil or criminal penalties."
Many Republicans Senators are also calling on PP affiliates to return funds, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. He said that PP affiliates have too many employees nationwide to be eligible for relief aid.
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