Marco Rubio doubles down on PPP defense while bashing student loan bailout

"It's not even the same thing."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is again refuting any attempt by political critics to link student loan bailouts with the Paycheck Protection Program he helped bring to life during the pandemic.

During comments made on NBC 6 Sunday, Rubio insisted that the two programs have nothing in common despite both being rooted in federal loans.

“It’s not even the same thing. A PPP loan didn’t go to the business. The business didn’t make money off it. The PPP loans were designed to pay their workers. So the only thing you could use PPP money were to pay the salaries of your workers or the rent on your building so you wouldn’t get evicted. That was it. If we hadn’t done that then all of those workers would have been laid off or fired and they would have gone on the unemployment rolls. So we were going to pay for it either way,” Rubio said.

“So the question is, what is the better way to get money to workers, who are not being allowed to work, by the way. That’s the other thing you have to remember about PPP: the government was telling businesses ‘You’re not allowed to open. You’re not allowed to work.’ We were either going to do it through unemployment or through this program. So that’s the difference,” Rubio contended.

Rubio’s comments during the weekend television interview track with his previously expressed positions on the Joe Biden championed loan bailout.

In a late August op-ed for Fox Business, Rubio contrasted the “stunning success” of the Paycheck Protection Program to the “handout” proposed by the White House.

“This payroll grant, structured deliberately as a forgivable loan, had one key condition: that 80% of the funds go to payroll,” Rubio asserted.

Rubio contended that while businesses should bear no responsibility for the pandemic and economic changes it brought, student debtors should have known the risks they were hazarding before signing up for classes on the federal dime.

“Let’s start with the obvious: federal student loans were just that, loans. The whole idea was that students would take the loans to pay for an education that would lead to a job that repays them,” he said.

Rubio has contrasted his position on loans with his opponent in the November General Election.

Val Demings to Millions of Taxpayers: Screw You,” read an August email from the Rubio camp, condemning Demings for supporting President Biden’s “student loan bailout.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • Elliott Offen

    September 5, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Boobio is another shill for that crook and snake oil salesmen Donald Trump. Vote BLUE to save America from the far right nuts.

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  • Tom

    September 5, 2022 at 10:05 am

    He’s correct, ppp saved lives.
    Rubio is the best legislator in Congress.
    The student bailout is corrupt, Tammany hall buy off.
    Ppp saved business and society, just like DeSantis saved Florida.

    • Joe Corsin

      September 5, 2022 at 10:12 am

      Best legislator in Congress? You spewing stupidity out of your bung hole buddy 🍩 Just rambling gibberish and nonsense…

  • Impeach Biden

    September 5, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Speaking of bung holes Charlie, how’s yours after the Decadence Festival in New Orleans?

    • Joe Corsin

      September 5, 2022 at 11:22 am

      Why do you care so much about what people do with their sexual and social lives? Yeah one of these days you gonna get your head busted…that’s about all that’s going to become of it

      • Impeach Biden

        September 5, 2022 at 12:12 pm

        Funny how you can make your sexual remarks and then get all offended when it gets tossed back at you. Typical thin skinned leftist liberal.

        • Joe Corsin

          September 5, 2022 at 12:35 pm

          Thin skinned?? No you’re an azzhole buddy!!! A jerk off… headed for an azz whipping.

  • Hope

    September 5, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Biden doesn’t have the authority to forgive student loans. It is unconstitutional, Biden is wrong Rubio is right.

    • Pastor Sandell

      September 5, 2022 at 11:26 am

      What will the Lord do to you if you peddle the lies of a Satanic crook? I’ll give you a involves a red hot iron bar and your anchovy. That and you’ll be subjected to other gruesome sexually vulgar acts in hell.

      • Tom

        September 5, 2022 at 11:46 am

        Really a loser fake pastor! This bull along with your losers, Really stupid pathetic.
        Dumb charade. All 3 of u need rectum pummeling.
        You can’t stand with me.
        Losers pathetic like Joey corsin, idiot Elliot.
        Legend out, drop the mic.

        • Charlie Crist

          September 5, 2022 at 12:37 pm

          Nobody can even read or really comprehend the nonsense as you just wrote. Just random words written down….

          • Tom

            September 5, 2022 at 12:58 pm


      • Tom

        September 5, 2022 at 12:59 pm


        • Charlie Crist

          September 5, 2022 at 1:14 pm

          Seek help for crippling intellectual disability and personality dysfunction..

    • Tom

      September 5, 2022 at 11:34 am

      You Manchurian can’t handle the truth.

      Best legislator in Congress, Marco the great! Saved American Society! With ppp.

      Unlike Dum Dum Dumings, the Annie Oakley of the Congress.
      Still looking for her gun! LMAO
      Clown show.

      • Arnold Schwarzenegger

        September 5, 2022 at 12:38 pm

        You are the clown show buddy. Just a real asshole that needs his stupid ass whipped good.

        • Tom

          September 5, 2022 at 12:52 pm

          My ass wipe Joey- Arnold, how’s the maid? You banging a new one, you pathetic pig. Just go pop a pig next, thAt thing was from the zoo.

          How’s the bastard son? Any more ?
          LMAO. Mother and son so ugly!

          Charlie corsin bring it on as wipe, it sucks being you. Your fake monikers and you and Elliot getting ass kicked all day.

          You are a pussy corsin, tell me where and when to meet? Anytime.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 5, 2022 at 1:12 pm

            Tom, you are the dumbest clown in the history of the internet. You gonna get the shit beat out of you. Only a matter of time…

          • Tom

            September 5, 2022 at 1:30 pm

            Bring it on Dick head!
            Tell me where and when Charlie Pussy Corsin loser! Let me know where u want to meet.
            You degenerates.
            Corsin and Elliot incest lovers!
            Keep it coming, I bust your balls easily, happily. No problem!

    • marylou

      September 5, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      “basic fact that many critics of Biden’s program do not appear to understand: The federal government forgives student loans all the time. Multiple statutes give the Department of Education sweeping authority to cancel loans for a broad range of reasons.

      Before Wednesday, the administration had already approved $32 billion in student loan relief for more than 1.6 million borrowers.* These actions did not provoke substantial controversy or litigation.

      Nobody raised a legal challenge when Biden canceled $5.8 billion in student loans for more than 323,000 disabled borrowers. Nobody raised a legal challenge when Biden announced rolling loan forgiveness for borrowers who entered public service—a plan that has already granted $10 billion in debt relief to more than 175,000 borrower”—slate

      Must be sad to devote your life to making sure someone else doesn’t get anything!

      • Tom

        September 5, 2022 at 12:55 pm

        It will be struck down!
        It’s illegal, private contracts.

        • Joe Corsin

          September 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

          You don’t know what in the hell you are talking about idiot..

          • Tom

            September 5, 2022 at 1:33 pm

            Potus has no authority on private contracts period!

            Corsin you piece of manure! Let’s go, let me know, when you want to meet. You Pussy. Bring it on. Waiting you Pussy!

          • Joe Corsin

            September 5, 2022 at 1:51 pm

            You aren’t worth the power it would take to blow your brains out you idiot. You gonna get your head busted eventually…no meeting necessary. All just a matter of time. Stupid people always get their head busted eventually.

          • Tom

            September 5, 2022 at 3:50 pm

            Threatening my life now.
            Violent actions, in writing.
            You pussy! Joey corsin!

          • Tom

            September 5, 2022 at 9:38 pm

            Bring it on pussy.

  • marylou

    September 5, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Marco should be telling voters about how he wants to force women to get a man’s permission to be allowed to have an abortion. A notarised statement of permission—-like a child— like a man’s property——like the Taliban.

  • Tom

    September 5, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    You wench.
    Abortion hands, go abort a 9th month old.

    • Joe Corsin

      September 5, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      You are a 9 year old. That or an intellectually and disordered man. Headed for a jail cell, ass whipping etc.

      • Tom

        September 5, 2022 at 3:46 pm

        Pussy lips, waiting to meet tough guy.
        You loser, talks tough runs like a coward. You Degenerate.

        Rubio and Americas Gov, whiz upon you.

  • Tjb

    September 5, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Student Loan forgiveness.
    Teachers, nurses, doctors, and other individuals with student debt who are contributing to a better society are benefiting from this action along with millions of Floridians.
    I paid my way for college and I paid for my children’s college education. I am happy for those who are benefiting from this loan forgiveness program.
    Why isn’t Rubio standing up and supporting a program that helps Floridians

  • Independent in the middle.

    September 5, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    So I have seen a LOT of Bull in the comments from the Usual Biden bad Trump good. To the Trump bad Biden Good.

    So here is this. What ever happened to the old…. Life is not fair. What happened to the ” Some times you get lucky and some times you don’t” The “Lifes tough but no use Complaining” Guess that goes out the window when its tough on you huh?

    So heres where the student loan vs PPP loan thing gets Murky.
    1. Many Companies. Specially big ones. and Ones ran by Politian’s on BOTH sides used PPP to pay employees so they could use the Saved up money and also other capital to Increase stock value or add to profits. They did not NEED it to stay afloat it just was more money in the pocket.

    2. The student loan processes in the US were made Completly horrid by the US government when they privatized it and allowed Lobbying and Laws that allowed predentary Lending as well as JUST short of Lies in the fine print. As well as Allowed those issuing the loans to mislead and create policy that made Paying it back harder and understanding it Harder.

    3. Life is not fair. Get use to it. No one gives 2 craps about if your offended. This is about helping the econemy over all and honestly. I paid back all my loans. But I do not care if they forgive others because I am not a A- hole. Good for those kids. To bad for you. Get over your selves.

    4. Before we start Going off about Tax payer money being wasted For bad decisions. Lets talk about Texas power grid refusal to upgrade leading to disaster (that only effected texas.) that Cost US taxpayers Billions in relief. Sure it was a Disaster. But ONLY because of Texas refusal to Do what they should have done. Lets talk about Wall street bail outs. Or Bank Bail outs. Or Auto company bail outs. Or Pharmaceutical bail outs that Cost SO MUCH. Or About subsidies or tax breaks for these companies or A little known thing called NOL for taxes. ALL of which reward poor Finacial descions or just plain criminal behavior. BUT Time and time again. Often with Endorsement from the Left and RIght. We bail them out. So they can put money in already rich peoples pockets. Always with the Excuse.
    “To big to fail. Bad for the country if they fall. Or best for the country if they succeed.”
    But this which will open up Millions if not billions of dollars of Consumer spending a year. Which will increase the amount of money these people can spend. Improving their lives and thus raising the amount of money they actual put into the economy.

    THIS is bad? Why? Cause it hurts some ones little feelings? Gonna make grandpa Bob cry? Offends some one?
    Get over your selves. Stop being sensitive Snow flakes just cause it is not about you. It over all best for the country. Will generate more money and open up a LOT more leeway in fighting Inflation as well as stimulate the economy.
    Compared with that. I do not give to craps if some one feels it is unfair or gets offended by it.

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