With the race for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District seat heating up, the candidates are addressing the economy.
While many Oklahomans continue to struggle financially, state Sen. Stephanie Bice's proposed solution focuses first on small businesses.
According to Bice, her major statehouse accomplishment, modernizing Oklahoma's liquor laws, was entirely based on creating jobs and small business opportunities.
Therefore, the Republican candidate said the first thing she would do in Washington would be working to end the stimulus package gridlock through bipartisan cooperation.
Bice said she would start with working to force an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, which GOP leaders are already attempting through a discharge petition that would compel House action.
Congresswoman Kendra Horn is a part of the bipartisan "Problem Solver's Caucus."
However, Bice said she's concerned that Horn hasn't signed that discharge petition to speed up the decision on small business loans.
“It's pretty frustrating. You know, we need bipartisanship. We need everyone to come together. There are a lot of things that both sides can agree on, and why Nancy Pelosi is playing partisan politics with the stimulus package is beyond me,” Bice said.
In response, Horn said she has been working hard with the Problem Solvers Caucus on stimulus framework that includes billions in relief for small businesses, workers, families, schools and local governments.
“Congresswoman Horn also helped introduce the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a bill that expanded access to PPP loans for small businesses. The PPP Flexibility Act is one of Congresswoman Horn's 23 bills that President Trump has signed into law,” a representative for Horn said.