Coronavirus: Washington set to deliver $ 2.2 trillion virus rescue bill

Originally scheduled as a non-working pro forma meeting, the session will be extended to a debate on the bill all conducted under social distancing rules to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus

President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus
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US President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus

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With rare bipartisanship and speed, Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to individuals and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the US economy and health care system.

The House is set to pass the sprawling, $ 2.2 trillion measure Friday morning after an extraordinary 96-0 Senate vote late Wednesday. President Donald Trump marveled at the unanimity Thursday and is eager to sign the package into law.

The relief can hardly come soon enough. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the economy may well be in recession already and the government

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First Published: Mar 27 2020 | 6:37 PM IST

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