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Pelosi slams McCarthy for promoting COVID-19 relief provision | TheHill – The Hill

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHarris, Pelosi backing Newsom amid recall effort Schumer backs Sanders push on drug prices, lowering Medicare age Tomorrow’s special election in Texas is the Democrats’ best House hope in 2021 MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday seized upon a social media post from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Vaccine hesitancy among lawmakers slows return to normalcy on Capitol Hill GOP wrestles with role of culture wars in party’s future MORE (R-Calif.) promoting a restaurant aid program created by the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package which Republicans unanimously opposed before President BidenJoe Biden1.6 million US air passengers fly in a day for first time since last March Biden administration eyeing long-term increase in food stamps: report Conspiracy against the poor MORE signed it into law in March.

“Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the American Rescue Plan ‘socialist,’ claimed it would turn the U.S. into Venezuela, and convinced every member of his caucus to vote against it. He even warned the American people ‘help is not on the way.’ Now he’s touting the American Rescue Plan’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund to brag about bringing home the bacon,” Pelosi’s office said in a statement.

In a Facebook post on Friday, McCarthy provided a link to the Small Business Administration’s website where restaurants can apply for funding equal to their pandemic-related monetary losses.

“Applications for the SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund open this Monday, May 3rd,” McCarthy wrote in the post.

Restaurants are eligible for up to $10 million per business, or no more than $5 million per location. Funding recipients don’t have to pay back the amount as long as the money is used toward payroll, mortgage payments, maintenance, construction of outdoor seating, and other eligible expenses by March 11, 2023.

Many other Republicans have been promoting the restaurant assistance fund, despite voting against the overall pandemic relief package that created the program. They’ve defended touting the restaurant program by arguing it doesn’t mean they support everything else in the sweeping pandemic relief law.

“One good provision in a $1.9. trillion bill doesn’t mean I have to vote for the whole thing,” Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland reverses Trump effort on tribal land | Senate confirms Janet McCabe as deputy EPA chief | Study finds quick action on methane could significantly cut into global warming There’s room to reconcile the Biden and GOP infrastructure plans Republicans unveil 8 billion infrastructure plan MORE (R-Miss.), who introduced legislation in February with Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin: When protesters first entered Capitol ‘my intention was to stay and fight’ Manchin says he doesn’t support DC statehood, election reform bills Manchin, Sinema filibuster support scores political points back home, GOP poll shows MORE (D-Ariz.) to establish a restaurant relief program, said in March following passage of the COVID-19 relief package.

Pelosi predicted upon passage of the relief package that Republicans unanimously opposing the legislation would eventually try to take credit for the aid to their communities.

Since then, Pelosi has taken to regularly saying that Republicans “vote no and take the dough.”

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