Former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) released a video message on social media Monday making the case in plain terms for the urgency of passing the emergency financial relief package that Senate Democrats “torpedoed” in the eleventh hour Sunday in order for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to present her own package packed with partisan agenda items unrelated to the crisis.
In a video filmed at a local restaurant in Atascocita, Texas, Crenshaw lays out the harsh economic reality of the situation many businesses face amid government-mandated lockdowns intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“I’m at a Texas BBQ joint that may not make it,” Crenshaw wrote in a tweet including the first of the two videos (below). “Democrats tanked the rescue package that would help them, and millions like them. Do not let them get away with this. Do not be silent.”
“So I’m here at the Tin Roof in Atascocita, Texas, just outside Houston, and this place is struggling. They might have to close down,” says Crenshaw. “This is the kind of business that would have access to an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan, that would then be forgiven for rent, utilities and payroll. That bill would’ve kept employees attached to their businesses.”
“We’re in a pandemic right now, which means we have to press pause on the economy,” he continues. “We’re asking businesses to close; we’re asking them to stop serving customers. If we’re going to ask them to do that, we have to give them the capital to survive during the pause in economic activity. We have to make sure they can keep paying employees and their rent. That’s what that bill was going to do.”