By ALAN FRAM and FARNOUSH AMIRI
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers have reached agreement on a slimmed-down $10 billion package for countering COVID-19 with treatments, vaccines and other steps, but both parties’ bargainers ended up dropping all funding to help nations abroad combat the pandemic.
Yet a day after lawmakers announced the bipartisan accord, it was unclear Tuesday how quickly the measure might move through Congress.
The compromise drew quick support Monday from President Joe Biden, who initially pushed for a $22.5 billion package. In a setback, he ended up settling for much less despite administration warnings that the government was running out of money to keep pace with the disease’s continued — though diminished — spread in the U.S.
“Every dollar we…
Alan Fram, Farnoush Amiri
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