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Chamber Urges Congress to Boost Small Firm Aid as Funds Run Low

The U.S. Capitol stands past East Capitol Street in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

The U.S. Capitol stands past East Capitol Street in Washington, D.C., on April 9.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging Congress to give a small-business aid program an infusion of funds before it runs out, as Democrats and Republicans remain deadlocked over extending assistance to local governments and hospitals.

Suzanne Clark, who is president of the U.S. largest business group, said in a letter that congressional leaders need to take “urgent action” to shore up both disaster aid and a pool of $349 billion in forgivable loans.