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U.S. Senate approves $2-trillion coronavirus economic, medical aid bill

Republican Senators discuss the coronavirus relief bill ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a $2-trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.

By a vote of 96-0 the Senate passed the bill, sending it to the House of Representatives, which could vote sometime this week.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)