U.S. Senate leader hopes to OK more money for small businesses on Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he was working with the Senate’s top Democrat to get more funds approved this week for a small business lending program that is a mainstay of the nation’s coronavirus economic relief efforts.

Separately, Republican Senator Marco Rubio in a tweet called those talks “good news,” adding that the emergency program needed another $200 billion to $250 billion in funding.

McConnell, in his statement, said he hoped the Senate could approve additional funding on Thursday.

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