Democrats Break Filibuster on Small-Business Bill
George Voinovich crosses the aisle
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 1:09 PM CDT
Maria Cantwell, Jeff Merkley, Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Senate Small Business Committee Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu hold a news conference on Capitol Hill, Sept. 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Republicans George Voinovich and George LeMieux crossed the aisle to help Senate Democrats break a Republican filibuster on their small-business aid bill. The bill will create a $30 billion credit fund to help banks lend to small businesses, and provide a variety of tax cuts, the AP reports. Republicans have likened the bill to a government bailout. “This bill is about righting a wrong that was done to small businesses when Wall Street closed Main Street down,” said Democrat Maria Cantwell.