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Senate passes bill to Trump for $8.3 billion in fighting coronavirus

Thursday's sweeping vote sends the bill to President Trump, and if he signs it into law, would add the $8.3 billion to a virus plan the White House has outlined.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed an $8.3 billion measure to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in hopes of reassuring a fearful public and accelerating the government's response.

The money would pay for a multifaceted attack on a virus that is spreading more widely every day, sending financial markets spiraling, disrupting travel and potentially threatening the U.S. economy's decade-long expansion.

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Thursday's sweeping vote sends the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. 

The plan would more than triple the $2.5 billion amount outlined by the White House 10 days ago. 

Credit: AP
Vice President Mike Pence, center, joined at left by Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator, arrives at the Capitol to brief House members on the COVID-19 outbreak, in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Congressional negotiators have reached agreement on an $8.3 billion bill to fund the government's response to the public health emergency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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