U.S. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said Tuesday that the current coronavirus emergency has frightened the state’s small business owners — and Congressional Democrats’ actions this week did not help matters.
Blackburn said this in reference to Congressional Democrats using the current coronavirus emergency as an excuse to push for a litany of left-wing government projects.
Blackburn said this on a conference call with reporters.
“Everything has a time and place, and this is neither the time nor the place for the kinds of discussion they (Democrats) wanted to have,” Blackburn said.
“I am talking to small businesses across the state every day, and they are concerned about meeting their payroll this week. They are trying to figure out if this bill is going to get done. They are going to be hung out to dry.”
Blackburn went on to say she disliked “this push (by Democrats) to include their progressive agenda on this (relief) bill and then pay for it on the backs of our business community, our sole proprietors, and our independent contractors.”
Congressional Democrats wanted, among other things, $20 billion to bail out the U.S. Postal Service, $200 million on research for renewable jet fuel, and $35 million for the Kennedy Center.
“We were incredibly disappointed that this bill did not move forward yesterday. We are still here working on it. We have negotiated in a bipartisan basis. What we had negotiated would have included $350 billion for different components that were there in our small business sector. This includes money that would go to independent contractors, the self-employed, and sole proprietors,” Blackburn said.
The bill Blackburn said she pushed for would have included student loan deferrals, $250 billion in unemployment insurance, and tax rebates that are $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for a couple.
“We know most Tennessee businesses fall in the small business category, so it was very important for us to achieve that. There was also relief for hospitals,” Blackburn said.
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