Miss. Senators Join Colleagues to Block Abortion Providers from Taking Small Business Aid 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today signed a letter encouraging the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to prevent Planned Parenthood affiliates from receiving illegal loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Led by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 31 Senators, the letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza urges her “to inform participating lenders that Planned Parenthood affiliates are ineligible to receive second-draw PPP loans, and encourage them to immediately notify SBA if a Planned Parenthood affiliate applies for such a loan through their institution.

“Furthermore, we urge you to refer any Planned Parenthood affiliate that applies for such a loan to the Department of Justice for prosecution. Planned Parenthood affiliates are well aware that they are ineligible to receive PPP loans, on the basis of SBA’s letters and the frank admission of their political-action committee.  Their attempts to apply for PPP loans are naked attempts to defraud the United States government.”

The letter addresses the Second Draw PPP loan program approved and funded by Congress in late December. 

Last May, the Mississippi lawmakers joined 31 other Senators and 94 members of the House of Representatives calling for SBA and U.S. Department of Justice investigations into Planned Parenthood affiliates that pursued illegal loans under PPP.

A copy of the letter is available here.