Senate approves $8 billion coronavirus spending deal

The Senate on Thursday passed a more than $8 billion spending package for fighting coronavirus in a 96-1 vote, sending it to President Trump. The House had approved the bill a day earlier.

The deal includes $2.2 billion to help local, state, and federal agencies prepare to respond with testing, infection control, and tracking contacts of people who test positive.

The Senate vote capped a week of rushed negotiations to get the emergency funding, which exceeds what Trump requested, approved as the flu-like virus spreads globally.

There have been nearly 200 cases in the U.S., and 13 deaths.

The bill did face one final hurdle on Thursday in the form of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The libertarian-minded GOP senator wanted to use money from foreign aid accounts to offset the billions in coronavirus spending, but senators easily set aside his amendment. Paul was the lone senator to vote against the final measure Thursday.

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