February 25, 2020 / 3:52 PM / a month ago

U.S. Senate Democrats seeking at least $3.1 bln to battle coronavirus

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress must pass legislation providing at least $3.1 billion in new funding to respond to concerns over the coronavirus, far beyond the Trump administration’s request, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

The $3.1 billion in additional money “is the amount our public health organizations say is necessary,” Schumer said in a Senate speech. Late on Monday, the Trump administration asked Congress to approve $2.5 billion to combat the spreading virus, with only $1.5 billion of that in new funding.

Reporting by Richard Cowan Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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