March 20, 2020 / 12:26 AM / 5 months ago

U.S. Senate leader McConnell says large coronavirus economic relief bill near ready

FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters while walking to his office, as Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that he and his fellow Republicans were finalizing details on a sweeping economic stimulus bill to deal with fallout from a growing coronavirus outbreak.

The bill, McConnell said, would include direct financial assistance to Americans, lending to “industries of importance” such as airlines and money for more medical equipment. “We have to beat back this virus,” McConnell said.

Reporting by Richard Cowan and Lisa Lambert

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