Senate votes to move forward on $30B loan fund for small businesses

After a lengthy debate Thursday, the Senate voted 60-37 to end debate on an amendment that would create a $30 billion fund for community banks to lend to small businesses. 

Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCongress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ Lobbying world MORE (D-La.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Senate Democrat releasing book on Trump admin's treatment of migrants at border MORE (D-Ore.) spent the better part of the day explaining why their amendment shouldn't be considered another government bailout and would help struggling small businesses.

Their argument convinced two Republicans -- Sens. George LeMieux of Florida and George Voinovich (Ohio). LeMieux said the measure would provide small businesses in his state with the credit they need to create jobs. 

The Senate will take up the amendment and the bill again next week with votes planned for Tuesday.