The Small Business Administration (SBA) has previously told the abortion giant it could not take Paycheck Protection Program money.
(LifeSiteNews) — President Joe Biden’s administration has violated the rules over a COVID bailout program in order to send money to Planned Parenthood.
The Washington Free Beacon conducted an analysis of ProPublica’s database on recipients of funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a 2020 fund created by Congress that is supposed to be used to help small business keep people employed and pay bills, and identified the amount given in 2021.
Nearly half of the $23 million received by Planned Parenthood affiliates through PPP is attributable to a $10 million loan to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York.
Congress had created the program to help mitigate the consequences of coronavirus shutdowns. Organizations with more than 500 employees are not eligible for the taxpayer money.
Planned Parenthood has previously been told that it is not eligible for the money because its affiliates are considered part of the larger organization. The Small Business Administration (SBA) under then-President Donald Trump told 37 affiliates to return $80 million in total loans received through the PPP.
One pro-life group told LifeSiteNews that the problem is bureaucratic, but Biden could stop it.
“I think it’s obvious that the people in charge at the SBA for the loans are the ones who are just violating the laws, so I think if you really want to get into this there needs to be change in personnel down the line,” Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, told LifeSiteNews in a phone interview. “It’s the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., who have been there a long time [and] who are going to do what they want. It’s just absolutely ridiculous.”
Biden is not off the hook, however. “The president does appoint the people at the top, the department heads,” Sedlak said, “so if Biden would appoint department heads [who ensured] that laws be followed and then took action against those members who were not following the law,” the problem would fix itself.