WASHINGTON — A federal financial aid package to fight the coronavirus and offer free tests, sick pay for workers and other measures has been agreed upon.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the aid deal Friday afternoon. The agreement with the Trump administration for an aid package from Congress would provide free testing, sick pay and also bolster food programs.
A says the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will be passed soon following the agreement. It says that while the Senate works to pass the bill, the House will start working on a third emergency response package to combat the COVID-19 crisis.
An $8.3 billion emergency funding package was passed last week.
The paid emergency leave includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave. Enhanced unemployment insurance protections for furloughed workers are also part of the deal.