Lawmakers Consider Further COVID Relief

On April 9, the Senate failed to advance a measure that would have added $251 billion in funding for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established under H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As of the morning of April 13, the SBA had reportedly approved 880,000 applications for the PPP for a total of $217 billion, roughly 62% of the total amount allocated for the program.

Democrats objected to moving the measure via unanimous consent, maintaining that additional funding is needed to support states, hospitals, and rural and minority-owned small businesses. Democrats are reportedly looking to included other provisions related to hazard pay for essential workers and mail-in voting in further coronavirus response legislation

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