March 5, 2020 / 7:48 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes, sends to Trump, $8.3 bln bill to battle coronavirus

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WASHINGTON, March 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would rush $8.3 billion into efforts to contain a growing coronavirus crisis in the United States, sending it to President Donald Trump for signing into law.

The Senate voted 96-1 in favor of the bill, following House of Representatives passage of the measure on Wednesday by a vote of 415-2.

Republican Senator Rand Paul, who objected to spending the money without first reducing federal spending elsewhere, was the lone dissenter.

Trump is expected to sign the bill into law so that the billions of dollars can flow toward developing vaccines against the highly contagious coronavirus and aiding international efforts to control its transmission.

Trump initially requested $2.5 billion, with much of that coming from already appropriated funds. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; editing by Franklin Paul and Jonathan Oatis)

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