FINALLY! Senate Passes Agreement on Refunding Small Business Program That Pelosi and Dems Blocked

President Donald Trump, left, invites Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Ky., right, onstage as he speaks at a rally at Alumni Coliseum in Richmond, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Looks like the Democrats have finally agreed to a deal to refund the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program after two weeks of delay during which the program had to shut down for lack of money and millions more Americans were thrown out of work.

The deal includes $310 billion for the program, with $25 billion for testing and $75 billion for hospitals.

It passed by a unanimous voice vote in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was encouraged that they’d finally come to a deal, although he scolded the Democrats for delaying the effort and trying to get pork into the bill rather than voting on a clean bill for the program two weeks ago and trying to use the bill for “leverage” on the backs of suffering Americans.

Let’s hope that they didn’t stick in any funny business after all this, because that’s what Democrats do with any such delay (recall the Kennedy Center and the rest of the pork they wanted in the original virus relief bill).

The next step is the House, which expects to vote on it on Thursday and President Donald Trump said he would sign it immediately as soon as they pass it, so hopefully the money can then immediately go to the program. According to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), that means the program may be up again by late Thursday or early Friday.

HT: Townhall