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Federal officials reach deal on $2 trillion coronavirus aid package

The White House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to aid the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to aid the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: March 25, 2020 04:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and Senate leaders of both parties have struck an agreement on a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses and a health care system strained by the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.

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Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight.

The agreement comes after days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure and still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language.

The unprecedented economic rescue package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home.

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