Baier Shreds Pelosi for Blaming Republicans on PPP Delay: 'Let's Set Record Straight'
Pelosi attempted to deflect the blame from Democrats
Fox News anchor Bret Baier took apart House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's false claim that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was to blame for delaying the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Pelosi attempted to deflect the blame from Democrats who stalled the replenishing of the depleted fund for small business relief.
Baier cut through the lies.
“Let’s just set the record straight here," Baier began.
"There was a clean bill that once they found out that the small business pot was going to be dry, there was a clean bill to put more money in it,” Baier added.
“Nancy Pelosi did not go forward with that, period, the end, stop there.”
“So yes, they wanted to do other things, Democrats did,” Baier continued.
“But to have an answer that says that it was Mitch McConnell who delayed is really political jujitsu," he added.
"And you have to have somebody that pushes back and says, wait a second, in that time that there was a delay, there are X number of small businesses around the country that had to make the decision, ‘I have not gotten the money, so I have to let these people go.'”
“So when the number goes up 4.4 million on unemployment, there is a reason that it goes up that way,” Baier concluded.
“And that delay is part of it.”
“Let's set the record straight. Once Republicans found out the PPP was going to run dry, there was a clean bill to replenish it. Nancy Pelosi didn't go for it. Period. So to say that the delay was Mitch McConnell's fault is just political jiujitsu for Nancy Pelosi.” @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/YUwqxRTUsT— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) April 23, 2020
On Thursday, Pelosi said:
“We’re very pleased that the Senate finally accepted the fact that we needed more money for testing, for hospitals, for lower, smaller businesses to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program,” Pelosi claimed.
“It took them, that took them a couple of weeks, but they finally did.”
“Mitch McConnell likes to say we delayed the bill."
"No, he delayed the bill,” Pelosi added.
The House speaker also praised Democrats for refusing to pass legislation to replenish PPP funding just over a week ago.
“So, last week when they came with, they asked for a quarter of a trillion dollars in 48 hours, and I said, well I don’t think so, let’s see how we can open this up to many more people,” Pelosi said.
Additionally, fellow Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) even admitted that she and her Democratic colleagues have been blocking legislation that would give much-needed aid to small business workers.