WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip and Republican Leader of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in response to the committee majority’s partisan first official action:

“It is outrageous and telling that the first action committee Democrats have taken is blindly sending harassing letters to individual companies that followed the law to keep their workers on the payroll—a law that each of their members on the committee voted for—rather than using their power to work with together on a bipartisan basis to help families safely get back to work, and start holding China accountable for the devastation they perpetrated on the American people. 

“Secretary Mnuchin has already stated that the Treasury Department is looking into all companies that have received loans through the overwhelmingly successful PPP fund. With a large scale audit underway, this action by Democrats represents dangerous government intimidation that could cause more widespread layoffs at a time when we should be trying to keep American workers on the payroll. 

“We hope Democrats will change course and spend as much time targeting, shaming, and investigating China as they do going after American workers and job creators.”