WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a standalone bill providing emergency funding to small businesses:

“The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of the most critical and effective forms of relief for small businesses during this pandemic. Renewed funding for the PPP is a no-brainer, yet Senate Democrats shamefully blocked this funding for American small businesses this morning while promising their own ‘alternative.’ Washington liberals must stop playing this reckless game with the livelihoods of millions of families who are struggling. Democrat ‘alternatives’ like same-day voter registration and the Green New Deal over the past weeks have continually put special interests over direct relief to American workers who need help now.

“President Trump has been clear: we need to pass more PPP funding now. Shame on Senate Democrats for abandoning small businesses in their time of need. Congress must act.”