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White House, Congress Agree On $2 trillion Virus Rescue Bill

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, accompanied by White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland and acting White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, walks to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties have agreed on an unprecedented $2 trillion measure to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history. It’s intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. A top White House aide announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway early Wednesday. The deal caps days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure. The package still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language.

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