Rubio Blocks Democrats' Attempt To Pass Oversight Bill For Small Business Aid
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and he recently blocked a bill submitted by the Democrats that would have made the Trump administration report on details on how small-business aid would be dispersed, reports The Hill.
Rubio, speaking from the Senate floor, noted that some of the information Democrats have requested wasn't required on the application for federal funding and that Congress should work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide details on its own.
"Some of the demographic data is not on the application. It's not even clear that they would be able to produce that for us unless they stopped the process, created a new application and then began to process that as well," Rubio said, and warned that passing this would have “unintended consequences” that could “overburden” administration officials.
"I think the best path forward is, in my view, not to pass something like this today, although something like this may be necessary if we can't get these numbers, but ... let's find out first and foremost, what data points do they have?" Rubio continued, "What I don't want to see is an already overburdened agency that's small to begin with and is struggling to get all these programs running — I don't want to see them have to pull people off getting people money to fill out this information,"
A senior Democratic aide said that the bill would require daily and weekly reporting on the funding under the small-business relief programs. Sen. Ben Cardin, of the Democrat on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, said he was “proud” of the small business program. But he continued, saying that they still don’t know "the specifics on how this money was distributed."