Trump signs $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus aid package

President Trump Signs Emergency Coronavirus Funding Bill

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President Donald Trump signed an emergency supplemental spending bill Friday to aid the US’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The spending package will make available $8.3 billion in federal assistance to government health officials and to support research and development of a vaccine. Trump initially sought only $2 billion to fight the virus, but Congress quadrupling that amount in its version of the bill.

“We’ve signed the 8.3 billion,” Trump told reporters Friday. “I asked for two and a half and I got 8.3 and I’ll take it.”

According to CNBC, more than $3 billion will go to vaccine research, development, and…

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