Trump taps powers to boost virus response; Senate OKs bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate has overwhelming passed a second coronavirus response bill, and is sending it to President Donald Trump to enact with his signature.
The vote was a lopsided 90-8 despite misgivings among many Republicans over a temporary new employer mandate to provide sick leave to workers who contract COVID-19. The measure is also aimed at making diagnostic tests for the virus free.
Trump announced he’ll invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centers. Trump took a series of extraordinary steps to steady a shaken country.
Congress is considering his broad economic rescue package.
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