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Senate approves House-passed coronavirus relief measure

(Washington D.C.)  The Senate has approved a House-passed coronavirus relief package that includes provisions for free testing for COVID-19 and paid emergency leave, clearing the measure for President Donald Trump's signature.


Passage of the measure will also allow the Senate to devote its full attention to passing the next relief package in response to the coronavirus crisis.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans had been critical of the House-passed legislation but emphasized that it is urgent to get relief to the American people amid the coronavirus crisis.


McConnell reiterated today that he will not adjourn the Senate until it passes what lawmakers are describing as a "phase three" economic stimulus package in response to the coronavirus outbreak.



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