On Monday, Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw released a video on social media in which he made the case for the emergency financial relief package that Senate Democrats “torpedoed” Sunday night so House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could propose a new package chocked full of partisan agenda items unrelated to the crisis.

Crenshaw: ‘Do not let them get away with this’

In a video filmed in a local restaurant in Atascocita, Texas, Crenshaw explains how the harsh economic reality of this situation for businesses under government-mandated lockdowns.

“I’m at a Texas BBQ joint that may not make it,” Crenshaw wrote in a tweet that included one of his two videos. “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.”


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“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,” Crenshaw said. “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,” the Republican continued. “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.”


‘Our economy needs it badly’

“For small businesses,  those loans would just be forgiven. For big businesses, they would be loans,” he explained. “Democrats don’t like big business. Democrats I don’t think understand basic economics. They don’t understand that when your fellow American loses their job, it doesn’t matter if they are from a small business or a large business. Large businesses need capital.”

“There was $500 billion that would to loanable to big business,” Crenshaw said. “Democrats hated that… Even though within the bill there were parameters in place: No increases for executive pay, no stock buy backs and keeping people on payroll. All of the protections were in there.”

“[O]ur economy needs it badly — it needs it badly,” Crenshaw stressed. ” We’re shedding jobs like crazy. Businesses are closing today, and tomorrow, and the day after that.”


Wants Washington Held Accountable

“This is no time for partisan politics, but that’s what the Democrats wanted to do. It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve seen,” he continued. “Why are they doing it? What do they want in the bill? What’s their counter-negotiation? This is going to make you really upset.”

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Crenshaw listed some of the partisan items in the House Democrats’ package that have “nothing to do with the coronavirus,” adding, “And by the way, federal workers are stilling getting paid, just like most government workers are.”

“This is partisan politics at its worst,” Crenshaw insisted. “Do not let these people get away with this. Hold them accountable. Call your representative’s offices now.”