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Joe Biden knocks Donald Trump's administration for giving Paycheck Protection Program loans to 'people who shouldn't have gotten the help' as he visits D.C. hardware store with on-site urban farms to showcase changes

 President Joe Biden knocked President Donald Trump's administration for doling out Paycheck Protection Program loans to 'people who shouldn't have gotten the help' during a visit to a D.C. hardware store to showcase changes he's made to the program. 

Biden visited W.S. Jenks & Son, a hardware store with two urban farms on the premises, which used PPP money to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.  

'We found out an awful lot of that went to bigger businesses that, in fact, weren't supposed to qualify for this,' he said of the PPP loans. 'Because there used to be a thing called an inspector general, to see where the money went, and the last administration fired the inspector general.' 

President Joe Biden (center) visited W.S. Jenks in D.C. on Tuesday, speaking to co-owner Mike Siegel (right) about his Paycheck Protection Program loan and Mary Anna Ackley (left) who owns one of the two urban farms in the building

President Joe Biden (center) visited W.S. Jenks in D.C. on Tuesday, speaking to co-owner Mike Siegel (right) about his Paycheck Protection Program loan and Mary Anna Ackley (left) who owns one of the two urban farms in the building 

'Don't jump, we need you,' President Joe Biden said to staff watching him from a balcony during a visit Tuesday to W.S. Jenks & Son, a D.C. hardware store that took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program

'Don't jump, we need you,' President Joe Biden said to staff watching him from a balcony during a visit Tuesday to W.S. Jenks & Son, a D.C. hardware store that took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program 

Biden says his PPP loans puts focus back on small businesses
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In April, just weeks after the first $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed, Trump removed Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Defense Department, who had been tapped to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which the law created to watch over how funds were being used. 

One notable PPP loan, for nearly $1 million, was given in April 2020 to TB12, a sports health company that is owned by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who's friendly with Trump. '

Restaurant chains including TGI Fridays and P.F. Chang's that signed up for PPP loans were criticized for taking money that was designed to go to mom-and-pop stores and other small businesses.  

'So a lot of money went to people who shouldn't have gotten the help,' Biden explained.  

The president said that's why he put some temporary restrictions on the PPP program.

Starting on February 24, only businesses with fewer than 20 employees could apply for PPP loans for a 14-day period. 

'And the reason for that was, 400,000 small businesses went out of business,' Biden said. 'They got in line and couldn't get the help.'

The president added that often minority and women-owned businesses fit into this category.  

Biden asked Mike Siegel, one of the co-owners of the hardware store, 'What hit you the hardest when the pandemic hit?' 


'We took all of our at-risk employees and sent them home,' Siegel replied, explaining that a PPP loan allowed them to continue to pay their employees.   

The business owner said, 'We're still struggling.'  

'While our retail business actually increased over the course of the pandemic - I think people know there's a little bit of a hardware boom - a big portion of our business is actually government sales and commercial sales and for the first four or five months that was completely gone. And honestly, it's about 60 per cent of our annual revenue.'   

Siegel said that W.S. Jenks & Son was the oldest hardware store in Washington, D.C., adding that it's also 'the greenest hardware store in America,' as two urban farms - Little Wild Things and Cultivate the City - are also in the building. 

Some of the employees were on a balcony overlooking the presidential visit, with Biden giving them a wave. 

'I see them!' he said. 'Don't jump, we need you,' he told the staff - a Biden-ism he also used on a rooftop heckler during a visit to Pittsburgh while on the campaign trail in August. 

After Biden's visit, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti said during the daily briefing there has been an uptick in PPP applicants who have fewer than five employees, who are minorities and who are women during the special two-week period. 

Since February 24, the Small Business Administration received around 300,000 new applications from businesses with fewer than five employees, a 15 per cent increase, and 200,000 first-time applicants, a 25 per cent increase. 

The special period saw a 20 per cent increase of applicants from minority-owned businesses, a 14 per cent increase from women-owned businesses and a 12 per cent bump from businesses located in rural areas, Ramamurti said. 

The Biden administration also allowed around 30,000 loan applications to go foward, which were previously held up because applicants were delinquent on student loan debt, Ramamurti said. 

2 comments:

  1. We SEE the kind of THINGS PED0 Joe wants to help. Like that THING Rachel Levine.... zionist THING. BUY GUNS WITH STIMULUS, PAY THESE THIEVING USURPERS NOTHING IN TAXES TO STEAL.

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  2. meanwhile in other news, 90%+ of the covid bill will give away over a "$1,7" TRILLION DOLLARS THAT ARE NOT REMOTELY RELATED TO COVID!

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