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Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'


April 10, 2020

Alex Brandon – ASSOCIATED PRESS file

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., detailed glitches in the program and fears that many big lenders are not serving minority neighborhoods and nontraditional borrowers.

WASHINGTON - The Senate twisted itself into knots Thursday over President Donald Trump's new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care providers and states. Republicans wouldn't go along.

The standoff doesn't end the pursuit of more rescue funds, but it came as the government reported that 6.6 million more people filed for unemployment benefits last week, increasing worries that the economy is sliding toward a severe recession. The small business program at issue is off to a rocky rollout.


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