Abortion giant Planned Parenthood may have illegally obtained more than $80 million in taxpayer dollars during the pandemic and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, along with a few other Senators, are now demanding Merrick Garland and the DOJ conduct an investigation.
According to Fox News, Paul, as well as Sens. Marco Rubio, James Risch, Tim Scott, Joni Ernst, James Inhofe, Todd Young, John Kennedy, Josh Hawley, and Roger Marshall wrote a joint letter to Garland calling for the DOJ’s “immediate attention” to Planned Parenthood applying for loans from the Paycheck Protection Program under full knowledge of its ineligibility for the program:
Republicans, citing the CARES Act passed last year, said PPP eligibility is limited to entities with 500 or fewer employees. The senators also cited prior SBA regulations, saying the administration establishes that a size of an entity is considered “with each of its affiliates in the determination of eligibility.”
“To obtain a PPP loan, an applicant must certify that they are eligible to receive a loan under the rules in effect at the time the application is submitted,” the Republican senators wrote. “In making such certification, an applicant is required to apply the affiliation rules applicable to the PPP and identify its affiliates.”
The Republican senators went on to cite SBA data from May 2020, saying the Small Business Administration “notified a number of PPFA affiliates that they had wrongfully applied for 38 PPP loans totaling more than $80 million dollars.”
The SBA, at the time, according to Republicans, determined that the local affiliates of PPFA were “ineligible for PPP loans under the applicable affiliation rules and size standards and that the loans they received should be returned.”
Planned Parenthood has nearly 16,000 employees across the country making it ineligible for PPP loans, and the Senators demanded that the abortion giant return the $80 million in funds it “wrongfully received.”
However, last month, Republicans learned through the Senate Small Business Committee that most Planned Parenthood affiliates have not only kept the money but that two additional affiliates applied for and had been approved for a second draw loan “with full knowledge of their ineligibility,” with another loan having already been approved since March 15.
“Borrowers who make incorrect or false eligibility certifications on their PPP application are subject to severe penalties,” wrote Paul. “For this reason, we respectfully request that you direct the Department to investigate whether any PPFA affiliates made a knowingly false certification on their applications for PPP loans and pursue all appropriate penalties for any unlawful participation in the program.”
Planned Parenthood VP of government relations Jacqueline Ayers told Fox News claimed that the Senator’s accusations were baseless and that they did indeed qualify.
“It’s disappointing that while Planned Parenthood health centers across the country continue to provide essential health care in their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressional Republicans continue to focus on baseless political attacks,” Ayers said. “Like many other local nonprofits and health care providers, the independent Planned Parenthood 501(c)(3) organizations who were awarded PPP loans met the eligibility requirements established by both Congress and the Small Business Administration.”
Paul hasn’t bought this excuse since day one.
“Democrats knew this was never about COVID relief or helping small businesses,” Paul told Fox News. “It was a shameless attempt to fund their radical agenda on the taxpayers’ backs, and I was successful in preventing that from happening by stopping these funds from going to abortion mills.”