Coronavirus: House Passes Roughly $8 Billion Funding Deal

The bill was approved by an overwhelming majority

In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, the Senate side of the US Capitol is shown on the last day of the summer session in Washington, DC.
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The House on Wednesday passed a roughly $8 billion emergency funding bill to fight the coronavirus that has been spreading throughout the United States, hours after Congressional leaders finished ironing out terms of the deal.

The bill, which passed by an overwhelming majority, provides $7.8 billion to fight the coronavirus and includes a mandatory funding authorization for $500 million over a 10-year period to be used toward a remote health care program.

The bill includes a provision that requires that funds are only used to fight the coronavirus and other infectious diseases as some Democrats feared that the Trump administration could raid the funding and use it for other unrelated purposes.

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