Pelosi, White House Strike Deal on Coronavirus Relief Bill


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday evening that the House Democrats has finally reached a deal with the Trump administration to pass a sweeping coronavirus multibillion-dollar stimulus package, shortly after President Trump declared a national emergency.

“We are proud to have reached an agreement with the Administration to resolve outstanding challenges, and now will soon pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” Pelosi wrote in a “dear colleague” letter Friday evening. “The three most important parts of this bill are testing, testing, testing. To stop the spread of the virus, we have secured free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. We cannot fight coronavirus effectively unless everyone in our country who needs to be tested can get their test free of charge.”

In a letter to House Democrats on Thursday evening, Pelosi wrote that “we are near to a bipartisan agreement,” and said that the legislation would include a number of provisions, including free coronavirus testing “for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.”