Rep. Thomas Massie says his efforts to force a House vote on the program to shore up companies’ employment rolls amid the coronavirus pandemic are vindicated by stories of entities getting money from the federal government that never should have.
Massie, a Kentucky Republican, points specifically to a $333,000 loan that went to the Ohio Democratic Party under the Paycheck Protection Program, which was aimed at providing a direct incentive for small businesses, not political organizations, to keep their workers on the payroll.
“Republican leaders in Congress were so anxious to pass PPP that they conspired with @SpeakerPelosi to prevent a recorded vote. Now we see where the money is going. At least I was able to make them come to DC to pass it,” Massie tweeted, referring to the March 27 $2.2 trillion economic relief measure he called a “cover up” for lawmakers’ refusal on both sides of the aisle to vote by roll call.