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Hice Introduces the LIFE NOW Act (H.R.7211)

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Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020 | comments

Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) introduced the Limiting Infant Fatality and Empowering Nonprofit Organization Workforces (LIFE NOW) Act, which would prevent taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and allow large 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to receive relief funding.

“The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to assist America’s small businesses and non-profits curtail the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The LIFE NOW Act makes two critical changes to how non-profits access this federal funding,” said Congressman Hice. “First, our legislation makes it crystal clear that non-profits performing abortions are not eligible for PPP funding. Americans have repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected taxpayer-funded abortion, and it is offensive that several abortion providers have received as much as $80 million in PPP funds. This funding is supposed to assist Americans during this difficult time, not bankroll the deaths of our society’s most vulnerable.”

“Secondly, the LIFE NOW Act will enable 501(c)(3) organizations with 500 or more employees to be eligible to receive federal assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program,” Congressman Hice continued. “Our Nation’s large non-profits, faith-based organizations, and churches are the cornerstone of our communities, and they provide vital services desperately needed by millions of Americans, especially now in these uncertain times. Unfortunately, the current requirements of the program block many of these fine institutions from receiving federal assistance when they need it most. The LIFE NOW Act will ensure these organizations are eligible to receive funding so they in turn can continue to assist Americans through this pandemic.”

“The LIFE NOW Act lays out a plan to provide non-profit organizations with coronavirus relief funds,” said Mallory Quigley, Vice President of Communications, Susan B. Anthony List. “We are grateful that Congressman Hice prioritized ensuring that this cannot be used to create a new funding stream for abortion businesses. As our country recovers from this pandemic, we must continue protecting life at all stages rather than subsidizing the abortion industry, which takes the lives of unborn American children daily.”

“On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Marchers who come to Washington, D.C. every year we want to thank Rep. Jody Hice for his efforts to protect taxpayers from having to pay or subsidize the abortion-giant Planned Parenthood and their ilk,” said Tom McClusky, President, March for Life Action. “The most recent Marist polling shows that six in 10 Americans oppose domestic taxpayer funding of abortion. This includes 89% of those who identify as pro-life, and 37% of those who identify as pro-choice. Thank you Rep. Hice for sticking up for all Americans!”

The LIFE NOW Act is the House companion bill to S. 3709, introduced by Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler on May 13, 2020. Both the Senate and House versions have received the support of March for Life Action, Susan B. Anthony List, and the Family Research Council.

Original Cosponsors: Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12), Rep. Jim Banks (IN-3), Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-1), Rep. Doug Collins (GA-10), Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11), Rep. John Curtis (UT-3), Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-3), Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), Rep. Steve King (IA-4), Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Rep. Alex Mooney (WV-2), Rep. Randy Weber (Texas-14), Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-3).

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