March 26, 2020 / 3:59 AM / 11 days ago

U.S. Senate approves $2-trillion coronavirus economic, medical aid bill

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) delivers remarks during a news conference on the coronavirus relief bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a $2-trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.

By a vote of 96-0 the Senate passed the bill, sending it to the House of Representatives, which could vote sometime this week.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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