The highest ranking is a Pakistani-born businessman The Muslim Because the US government is in danger Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked their blacklist. The shutdown has led to accusations of anti-Muslim bias and has prompted some Muslim and Jewish organizations to condemn the delay.
President Biden Dilawar Syed is standing behind his selection as deputy administrator Small Business Administration But the nomination was stalled because Republicans failed to show up for committee votes, citing the agency’s payments to abortion providers.
“Mr. Syed is not responsible for those funds, so his nomination is a binding issue of policy, with which he has no influence or decision-making power,” said Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Coalition.
Republicans say they have retained Syed’s nomination because of their objections to coronavirus aid funding approved by the agency for Planned Parenthood branches across the United States.
Democrats and the White House have described the transfer of GOP senators to their blockade, and say SBA staff delays could slow aid for small business owners trying to rebuild the epidemic.
The White House nominated Syed in March, but the Senate Small Business Committee was unable to pursue the nomination because Republicans repeatedly failed to vote. The blockade follows a number of different Republican objections: Syed’s affiliation with the Muslim advocacy group, the small business loans he has received, and, ultimately, the agency’s loans to Planned Parenthood.
It is not clear how the dispute will be resolved.
Republicans on the committee issued a joint statement saying that Planned Parenthood funding was “misapproved” and that they would not be allowed to vote for the nominee “until the SBA takes action to recover misappropriated PPP funds from Planned Parenthood.”
Democrats say the loans are legal and fall under the rules of the agency, and noted that many conservative organizations have also received money.
Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD., Sought to bypass the committee and vote at the Senate floor in late September. But the top Republican on the committee, Kentucky Sen Rand Paul Objected and said Republicans would not be allowed to vote until the proceeds of the Planned Parenthood loan were returned.
The Cardin Agency responded that “they cannot and cannot choose who they like and dislike.” This is not how you manage the program.
“The partisan and unnecessary inaction of our Republican colleagues is still dependent on SBA support for millions of small businesses to survive COVID-19 and rebuild their future,” Cardin said.
Other Democrats have directly accused Republicans of blocking Syed from becoming a Muslim.
In his letter to Cardin and Paul, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus believe that the holding is based in part on “anti-Muslim sentiment” and the “permanent foreign rue model” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Hawaii Sen. After Paul objected on the Senate floor, Mauricio Hirano said, “It is mind-boggling that Republicans are blocking someone who is an American dream film – an entrepreneur, a born job creator educated in Pakistan and in the US, who understands the challenges that businesses face during this epidemic.
The Senate GOP letter, which circulated in June, cited Syed’s affiliation with Muslim American advocacy group Muggage Action, accusing it of “overtly anti-Israeli positions and rhetoric.” Idaho sen. The letter, led by Jim Rish, said it wanted to make sure that the signatories would not jeopardize small businesses closely associated with Israeli companies or small businesses owned by Jewish Americans.
Some Jewish groups said the argument was unfair.
Bend the Ark: Jewish Action, a progressive Jewish organization, has helped assemble a coalition of civil rights and faith-based groups demanding a swift vote on Syed. CEO Stosh Cutler said his group was “particularly offended by Republican politicians who claim they reject Mr Syed’s nomination for the protection of the Jewish community.”
The Emgage action has been suggested in response to questions emailed by the opposition of the GP as “completely stimulated” by anti-Muslim sentiment. “Historically, Muslim Americans in political leadership have always had this kind of backlash and scrutiny. There is a double standard.”
Syed was a member of the Mogae Action Board but told the committee he would resign when it became clear.
Responding to the committee’s written questions, he said, “I would like to state unequivocally that I do not support BDS,” an acronym for the Palestinian-led movement that advocates boycotts, sharing and sanctions against Israeli institutions and businesses.
None of the senators contacted for the June letter responded.
The letter and Planned Parenthood statement came after Paul raised concerns about Syed due to small-business loans received by his own company during the epidemic, suggesting that this could be a conflict of interest. After questioning Paul during his confirmation hearing, Syed said he had used dollars to meet payroll and repaid the first loan of the year.
The White House is not moving back.
“Dilawar Syed is eligible to serve as the SBA’s deputy administrator, which is critical to providing relief to small businesses amid the epidemic,” said Chris Meagher, White House deputy press secretary. “And their conviction is being held in an unprecedented way, and without any good reason by the GOP members of the committee.”
Republican senators are “not only slowing their vote, but also helping American small business owners and workers trying to recover from the epidemic,” Meagher said.
Cardin says the committee will keep trying and look at “every conceivable way” to confirm Syed.
“He’s extraordinary. He makes a lot of difference to our nation and I know our small business community needs a certified deputy manager,” Cardin said.
Fam reported from Cairo.
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