Two Texas Planned Parenthood facilities declared that they will be keeping the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds they were ordered to return by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
“We have no plans to return these essential funds,” said Jeffrey Hons, CEO of the San Antonio Planned Parenthood clinic. The Houston location also said they will be keeping the funds, according to reports. That mean they are each keeping between $1-$2 million that was issued by the PPP coronavirus relief program to each clinic.
Sarah Wheat, chief external affairs officer for the Dallas PPP clinic said, “Elected officials singled us out based on political reasons."
Or maybe because they broke the law? because they were never eligible for the funds, which were meant for organizations with 500 or less employees.
In May, it was revealed on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight that Planned Parenthood affiliates received $80 million in forgivable loans through the PPP program in violation of the rules of the relief program.
The report noted 37 affiliates of the organization applied for and received the PPP funds. SBA officials and some members of Congress demanded the money be returned, asserting possible criminal prosecution may apply.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, told Fox News when the loans were discovered that Planned Parenthood had violated the PPP rules since the “parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets” and “is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.”
“Those funds must be returned immediately,” Rubio stated. “Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law, all appropriate legal options should be pursued.”
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