WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon House passage of the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act:

“I applaud the House for finally answering President Trump’s call to pass this relief package and replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP has been a lifeline to millions of workers and small businesses, and has already helped save more than 30 million Americans from being added to the unemployment rolls.

“While this relief package is critical, it should have passed weeks ago, yet was held up by some who tried to use it as ‘leverage’ to add unrelated items. The livelihood of millions of Americans and small businesses who are struggling during this pandemic should never be used as leverage by shameless politicians who only think of a crisis as a way to hold others hostage in an effort to pass their radical agenda.

“When small businesses needed help the most, it is encouraging to see that a strong bipartisan coalition in Congress came together, working with President Trump, to deliver much-needed results to families across America who are most in need.

“I want to thank President Trump and his Coronavirus Task Force for their consistent leadership and cooperation with Congress throughout the course of this pandemic. Securing funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been a top priority of mine, and I look forward to seeing these programs operational again. More work remains to be done to increase safety and get our economy back open. Congress must rise to the moment — the American people are counting on us and we need to deliver.”