Paying Attention Yet? Senate Blocks Aid For Small Businesses On Same Day They Passed $40 Billion For Ukraine

The Senate on Thursday blocked a $48 billion pandemic relief package for small businesses on the same day they greenlighted a $40 billion military, economic and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine.
The $48 billion package was designed to provide relief for restaurants, gyms, live entertainment venues, and other small businesses in the United States.
Senators voted in favor of holding a vote on the bill by a tally of 52–43, falling short of the 60-votes necessary to move it forward.
Just five Republicans – Lisa Murkowski (AK), Roy Blunt (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Bill Cassidy (LA), and one of the bill’s authors, Roger Wicker (MS) – voted in favor to invoke cloture.

Senate blocks $48 billion aid package for restaurants, other small businesses
— The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2022

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