Coronavirus Spending Bill Passes

Coronavirus Spending Bill Passes

( – In response to the novel coronavirus making its way to the United States, President Trump has taken quick action to combat the disease. The new bill, which provides $8.3 billion dollars to fight the virus, passed through the Senate on Thursday. The President signed the bill early Friday.

Negotiations over the bill lasted for weeks between Republicans and Democrats, but it was passed quickly once an agreement was reached. Voting in the House and Senate was nearly unanimous for the passage of the bill. Only one Senator and two House members voted against it.

The new funding comes in response to the worsening situation in the US, with confirmed cases of the coronavirus popping up in Tennessee and New York Thursday. The bill will provide money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, and a public health emergency fund. It will also fund research into testing, vaccines and treatments.


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