Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers have struck a deal on a nearly $500 billion package to extend funding for an emergency small business lending program, provide additional funding for hospitals and expand funding for coronavirus testing.
“There is still a few more i’s to dot and t’s to cross, but we have a deal, and I believe we’ll pass it today,” he said.
Schumer said that he, along with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were on the phone past midnight and came to an agreement “on just about every issue,” he told CNN’s John Berman.
A national testing plan will be a part of the package, Schumer said.
“To get the kinds of testing that is done, to get the contract tracing, to make the tests free, you need a significant federal involvement, you need a national strategy, and the President and Mnuchin and Meadows agreed to that, to their credit,” he said.
Schumer also said that Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he is suspended all immigration to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic is “another diversion.”