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Senate sends more help to small businesses, frontlines

Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin was among the supporters of another $480 billion in relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deal will send an additional $310 billion to help small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. Designed to help save jobs in the business community, the forgivable loan program quickly ran out of its original $350 billion from the CARES act. Senator Baldwin says the quick use of the original funds showed how great the public health and economic needs are in the country.

The bill also sends over $100 billion more to the frontlines to expand COVID-19 testing and cover additional expenses related to the pandemic. It now awaits the approval of the House of Representatives and the signature of President Donald Trump.

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