Wednesday, March 4, 2020

#coronavirus updates...

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JUST IN: Lawmakers reached an agreement on funding a roughly $8 billion response to the coronavirus outbreak, racing to approve the spending as the number of people with the illness continued to grow. ⁣ ⁣The House is expected to pass the legislation later Wednesday, approving more than $3 billion for developing treatments for the disease and $2.2 billion for preventing its spread, among other measures. Under the legislation, which the Senate is expected to pass this week, more than $1 billion will go overseas. Also, $20 million will be made available to increase loans to U.S. small businesses. ⁣ ⁣The agreement between top Republicans and Democrats caps less than two weeks of negotiations that began last week when the White House said it planned to spend roughly $2.5 billion on fighting the disease. Mr. Trump has said he would sign whatever package Congress approves.

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