Kentucky Republican Says Lawmakers Owed More Information Before Approving New Funding

WASHINGTON, DC — A Kentucky Republican ​says Congress should hold off on approving any additional coronavirus relief funding until lawmakers get a report about how the money already allocated is being spent. 

Tompkinsville Congressman James Comer sits on the House Oversight Committee. 

While many Kentucky Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are urging for the fast replenishment of the Paycheck Protection Program that provides loans for small businesses, Comer says lawmakers need an account of the $350 billion distributed before adding another $250 billion to the fund.

“If we are going to get back to work, which I strongly support, getting back to work, getting the economy back, we have to have testing first. I want to see where the testing money has gone. I want to see where these SBA loans went to. I want to make sure the businesses that truly needed them are the businesses that got them. I just want to see information before I vote on anything else and I’ve made that clear with my leadership,” said Comer. 

Meanwhile, Comer praised President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding for the World Health Organization, pending a review of how the agency handled the coronavirus response.

“The WHO has been useless thus far in giving us a heads up and being able to use them as a reference point for data. You have to have data to be able to come up with a vaccine. You have to have data to protect people in a pandemic and the data that we got from the WHO was completely inaccurate. I think it is the right decision. I don’t really want any information from the WHO right now personally,” he said.