Senate Democrats blocked a new proposal Monday from Congressional Republicans that would have secured an additional $250 billion in aid for small businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“A $250 billion urgent request to shore up a depleting small business fund failed to pass the Senate Thursday after Democrats objected to the measure pushed by the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“With lawmakers home and social distancing, McConnell sought to pass the cash infusion swiftly Thursday by unanimous consent with a skeleton group of senators, but Democrats blocked the effort because they want add-ons to help businesses in disadvantaged communities and an additional $250 billion in funds for other priorities,” reports Fox News.
“The stalemate in the Senate comes as a record-breaking number of Americans have filed for unemployment with the economy shutting down nationwide under stay-at-home orders. New jobless numbers out Thursday morning show a total of 16.6 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the last three weeks,” adds Fox.
“To my Democratic colleagues, please do not block emergency aid you do not even oppose just because you want something more,” McConnell pleaded.
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