Congress set to pass next aid bill

Congress is poised to pass the next COVID-19 aid package. The bill includes additional funding for small businesses, hospitals and testing programs.

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April 22, 2020 - 10:03 AM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks at a press conference at Corona Plaza in Queens April 14 in New York City. Getty Images / TNS Photo by Scott Heins / Getty Images / TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sprinting to approve the next coronavirus aid package, a $483 billion deal backed by the White House to replenish a small-business payroll fund and pump more money into hospitals and testing programs.

President Donald Trump is urging swift passage this week. The Senate approved the bill Tuesday and the House planned a vote on Thursday.

The bipartisan bill, Washington’s fourth in response to the crisis, is not expected to be the last as lawmakers take unprecedented steps to confront the virus and prop up communities nationwide amid the health crisis.

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