While small business owners continue to die on the vine, Nancy Pelosi held up a GOP plan for emergency funding to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) with a ‘clean’ (pork-free) bill.

Now, Pelosi is champing at the bit to push through a ‘long and expensive wish list,’ of additional stimulus – including $500 billion for mismanaged state and local governments amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Bloomberg. Democrats also want an extension of expanded unemployment benefits, along with expanded workplace safety protections for front-line workers, and a boost in funding for food stamps.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), however, isn’t a fan, and has indicated that he will dig his heels in for a massive fight over aid to states and local governments – a top priority for Democrats.

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