Ledyard King, USA TODAY Published 1:13 p.m. ET April 7, 2020 CLOSE Here is how the federal government is stepping in to support small businesses and health care providers. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Senate leaders are moving quickly to add billions more to the coronavirus response program designed to keep small businesses from going under.Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said he would bring to the Senate floor Thursday a measure that would expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which gives business owners with 500 or fewer workers low-interest loans to stay afloat. Those loans are usually forgiven by the government if at least 75% of the money goes to keeping employees on the payroll during the eight-week period.”It is quickly becoming clear that Congress will need to provide more funding or this crucial program may run dry,” McConnell said in a statement Tuesday. “That cannot happen. Nearly 10 million Americans filed for unemployment in just the last two weeks. This is already a record-shattering tragedy and every day counts.”Because the Senate is on recess, McConnell said he hopes the Senate could pass the measure by voice vote Thursday and send it on to the House. Measures can pass by voice vote if no one shows up to


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