A statement from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office:
House Republicans are using Pride Month to attack LGBTQ-owned small businesses. Republicans lined up on Tuesday to prevent Congressman Richie Torres’ LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act from passing on suspension.
The bill would help ensure that financial institutions are providing LGBTQ-owned small businesses equal access to credit.
177 Republicans voted against the measure – meaning that 85 percent of House Republicans present voted against the bill. Passing this uncontroversial bill to help small businesses stay afloat during a pandemic should be a no-brainer.
Sadly, no attack is too low for this House Republican Conference, not even attacking LGBTQ-owned small businesses during Pride Month.
The Republicans in the House voted down my legislation, HR 1443, which would protect LGBTQ-owned businesses from discrimination. A slap in the face to the LGBTQ community right in the heart of Pride Month. https://t.co/gTCLbex0wp
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) June 15, 2021