March 12, 2020 / 3:52 AM / 21 days ago

U.S. House Democrats unveil new coronavirus response bill

Small toy figures are seen in front of the coronavirus (COVID-19) sign in this illustration taken March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled late on Wednesday legislation to give aid to individuals and families affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

House Democratic leaders intend to hold a debate and vote on the measure as early as Thursday. It includes additional funding for food and nutrition programs, expanded unemployment insurance and paid sick days for workers, according to the bill’s text.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech

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