March 18, 2020 / 1:32 PM / 13 days ago

Trump administration seeks $45.8 billion in extra government funding amid coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on coronavirus (COVID-19) response with tourism industry executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has requested an additional $45.8 billion from Congress to shore up U.S. agencies amid the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday.

The supplemental funding request, sent to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday night, would give billions more to the U.S. Health, Veterans and Defense Departments. The request is separate from the administration’s proposed $1 trillion stimulus package to address the economic fallout from the outbreak.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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