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Senate Passes House's Coronavirus Bill, 90-8

Sends the bill to Trump for signature
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2020 3:50 PM CDT
Senate Passes House's Coronavirus Bill, 90-8
President Donald Trump speaks during press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington, as Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr....   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The Senate on Wednesday overwhelming passed a second coronavirus response bill, sending it to Trump to enact with his signature, the AP reports. The vote was a lopsided 90-8 despite worries by many Republicans about a temporary new employer mandate to provide sick leave to workers who get COVID-19. The measure is also aimed at making diagnostic tests for the virus free. (This bill is separate from the mammoth stimulus package in the works.)

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