Seven Republicans signed a Senate bill that would extend the paycheck protection program by two months, bringing Democrats closer to the 60 votes needed on a measure the majority leader Charles E. Schumer said must pass this week.
Meaning of republican. Thom tillis from North Carolina, Shelley Moore Captain from West Virginia and Rob portman from Ohio joined as a co-sponsor of the bill on Monday. Meaning of republican. Roger marshall from Kansas, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan from Alaska, and Susan collins of Maine, who introduced the bill, has already signed.
If all 50 Senate Democrats and seven Republicans support the bill, they would only need three more votes to avoid a potential obstruction. The House passed its bill by 415 votes to 3 on March 16.
It’s still unclear when Democrats might try to put the bill to the floor. Senator Marco rubio, R-Fla., Introduced a separate measure that would limit how the Small Business Administration can spend money. Collins and Capito are co-sponsors of Bill Rubio. Collins said extending the deadline was his top priority.
Schumer, DN.Y., tabled a motion to go ahead with the House bill that would extend the program until May 31 to allow the SBA more time to work on a backlog of requests for ready. He then filed a closing on the motion.