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Rubio wants probe of Planned Parenthood’s coronavirus stimulus loans, says criminal charges possible

Sen. Marco Rubio, chairman of the committee that oversees the Small Business Administration, demanded an investigation Friday into how Planned Parenthood associates have been capable of entry coronavirus stimulus loans that the federal government now says they clearly didn’t qualify for.

Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican, was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and greater than 100 different members of Congress in telling the SBA that canceling the loans — which he stated the company has already agreed to do — isn’t sufficient.

“These circumstances require a full investigation in order to determine whether there was wrongdoing, and we urge that any such misconduct be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the lawmakers wrote to SBA chief Jovita Carranza.

Dozens of clinics affiliated with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest community of abortion suppliers, gained stimulus loans below the Paycheck Protection Program, designed to assist small companies keep their payroll. In all, they received about $80 million in taxpayer-backed loans.

While the clinics have comparatively small staffing ranges, as a community Planned Parenthood counts 16,000 workers nationwide — far past the 500-employee threshold for nonprofits making an attempt to entry the paycheck program, Mr. Rubio stated.

He identified that Planned Parenthood itself, in late March, admitted it didn’t qualify for PPP loans.

“Under these circumstances, the application for and receipt of loans through the program suggests unlawful conduct,” Mr. Rubio and his colleagues wrote.

Planned Parenthood now says the native clinics that utilized for the cash do qualify below the principles.

The crux of the dispute seems to be over how carefully the native associates are aligned to the nationwide group.

Mr. Rubio and his colleagues stated that although they’re individually included, Planned Parenthood labels the associates “local offices,” and stated the bylaws enable the nationwide group ti “impose policies and practices on its affiliates.”

Democrats have risen to defend Planned Parenthood, saying the criticism from the GOP is much less concerning the abortion supplier taking cash it shouldn’t have, and extra about attacking a political enemy.

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