Senate Passes Fourth COVID-19 Spending Package, Includes $25Bn For Additional Testing, Contact Tracing
A Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act bill that would dole out $25bn for additional testing by federal agencies and $75bn to Medicare suppliers providing testing equipment passed the US Senate on 21 April and is headed to the House for a vote.
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