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Jaime Herrera Beutler Files Discharge Petition in House to Revive Paycheck Protection Program
Petition will force House vote on small business relief that has preserved more than 92,000 jobs in Southwest Washington
This morning, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) filed a discharge petition in the U.S. House of Representatives to force a vote to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a lifeline for small businesses in Southwest Washington and across the country.
The discharge petition, should it garner the required 218 signatures from U.S. Representatives, will then allow the House to bring to the floor a bill, authored by House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), to distribute the remaining nearly $135 billion in current PPP funds sitting idle after the program’s August 8 expiration.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to stall bringing forth legislation that would distribute the forgivable PPP loans to small businesses who are nearly on the brink of collapse.
“This public health crisis has left our small businesses near permanent closure, and that will happen on a massive scale if Congress doesn’t act. Yet Congress isn’t acting, so I’ve filed the discharge petition in the House today so we can bypass the political posturing and bring relief to our nation’s small businesses and their employees. Other relief remains vital, but we either save jobs and businesses now or provide triage soon for the damage caused by empty buildings, lost livelihoods and health care plans, and fewer employment opportunities overall. Reviving the PPP has to be our priority,” Herrera Beutler said.
“Since March, small businesses—corner stores, retail shops, and family restaurants—have been struggling to survive. Congress worked in a bipartisan manner to pass the CARES Act, which delivered rapid assistance to small firms through programs like the Paycheck Protection Program. Unfortunately, in recent months, additional relief for small businesses has been caught up in the partisan logjam and the livelihoods of real people hang in the balance. Congress must work together to get help to small businesses in Washington, Ohio, and across our great nation. Rep. Herrera Beutler’s discharge petition to force a vote on my legislation is the way to do just that. I thank her for her leadership on behalf of America’s small businesses,” House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) said.
WATCH: Herrera Beutler on her way up the steps of the Capitol to file the discharge petition. Video here.
Democrats “Strongly Considering” Signing Discharge Petition
And as of yesterday, Politico is reporting that House Democrats are pressuring Democratic Leadership to work on a bipartisan COVID relief, citing Herrera Beutler’s discharge petition as the motivating factor.