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US Senate plans vote on business aid amid stimulus deadlock

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said lawmakers would vote on a small businesses loan program to help firms damaged by the coronavirus pandemic, but the prospects for approval are dim.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress remain locked in a prolonged disagreement over how much additional stimulus is needed to support the economy, with Democrats holding out for a larger, broader package than the narrowly-focused measure McConnell proposed.

The Republican leader said senators would vote on adding more money to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and grants to small businesses but ran out of money in August.

“Republicans do not agree that nothing is better than something for working families,” McConnell said, without saying how much the proposal would cost.

“The American people need Democrats to stop blocking bipartisan funding and let us replenish the PPP before more Americans lose

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New proposal aims to break deadlock holding up your next stimulus check. Here are the details.

Stimulus checks of $1,200 per taxpayer. Extra unemployment payments of at least $450 a week. Aid to state and local governments earmarked for coping with the coronavirus.

The Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of 50 moderate House members from both parties, offered their own proposals Tuesday in an effort to restart negotiations on new stimulus legislation.

“With so many people suffering, it’s time for pragmatic solutions, and that’s what this bipartisan roadmap is all about,” said New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., who co-chairs the Problem Solvers Caucus. “We hope it will help the negotiators recognize that there is hope for real bipartisan progress.”

House Democratic chairs, including Energy and Commerce Committee head Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist, quickly rejected the proposal, saying it “falls short of what is needed to save lives and boost the economy.”

“When it comes to bolstering the public health system, supporting state

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