Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Congress took the important step of extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this week. The program provides a critical lifeline to small businesses, independent contractors, and self-employed Americans who have had their lives and livelihoods upended by the coronavirus pandemic.This step is good news. But it wasn’t taken without great – and completely unnecessary – partisan difficulty.Not surprisingly, small businesses – which have been hit hard by COVID-19 – quickly exhausted the $349 billion Congress allotted to the PPP in March.STEVE LEVY: CORONAVIRUS COSTS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BILLIONS – THEY NEED MASSIVE FEDERAL AIDTwo weeks ago, President Trump requested more funding for this popular program. Congress was ready to approve additional funding last week, but Democrats in Congress blocked the move.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Congress needs to spend more to bail out states, and they wanted to finance a litany of left-wing budget priorities.Holding American workers hostage in a time of national peril is unconscionable. The tumultuous effect on these individuals, whether they lost their job or are on the front lines of the pandemic, has


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