Sweeping Senate vote sends Trump $8.3B bill to fight virus

Posted at 2:39 PM, Mar 05, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

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.