Senator Marco Rubio (R) called out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer last weekend after the senior senator from New York state accused Rubio and Senate Republicans of “only trying to help bigger businesses that already have connections to bigger banks” with the Payment Protection Program (PPP) that Rubio, who is chairman of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, helped push through.
“Senate Democrats are fighting for the nail salons, the barbershops, the delis,” tweeted Sen. Schumer “Why are Senator McConnell and Republicans only trying to help bigger businesses that already have connections to bigger banks.”
Rubio fired back, stating,’ you don’t want to go there.”
Rubio then qualified his response by saying that he had “a long list of Democratic members” who he said “pushed” Senate Republicans to “include franchise restaurants & venture capital owned companies,” adding that Schumer himself told him the program to cover New York businesses he knew exceeded the limit of 500 employees.
On Friday, Rubio posted a video on Twitter calling out the ice cream-loving Speaker Nancy Pelosi for blocking supplemental funding for PPP.
“I will give you all the ice cream I have Madam Speaker if you would fund small business and stop holding it hostage,” said Rubio.
.@chuckschumer you don’t want to go there.
I have a long list of Democratic members who pushed us to include franchise restaurants & even venture capital owned companies.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 18, 2020