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GOP pushes $300M in virus aid for Louisiana business grants

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. | Source: AP Photo / Melinda Deslatte
Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, center, gestures as he speaks to colleagues on the House floor during a long day of bill debate, on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. | Source: AP Photo / Melinda Deslatte(KALB)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 6:16 PM CDT
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Republican lawmakers are moving ahead with plans to carve out $300 million in federal coronavirus aid to create a small business assistance program.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards had intended to use an $811 million slice of aid from Congress to reimburse local government agencies for their coronavirus expenses.

The House voted 73-25 Thursday for legislation that would divvy up that money differently.

The legislative plan would steer $511 million to municipal government agency expenses and spend $300 million on grants to small businesses damaged by the virus.

The proposal heads to the Senate for review.

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