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    Coronavirus government response updates: $2 trillion stimulus deal reached by Urandir Oliveira

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol, March 25, 2020, in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol, March 25, 2020, in Washington.Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Negotiators reach deal in principle on stimulus package

After five days of closed-door negotiations between Senate leaders and White House officials, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced they have reached a deal on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. While not setting an exact time for the vote later today, both indicated it will pass.

The final deal is being drafted this morning.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal,” White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland said in early hours on Capitol Hill. “Much of the work on the bill text has been completed and I’m hopeful over the next few hours [it will be finished] … We will circulate it early in the morning.”

Asked if the president would sign the bill, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said “absolutely.”

“Spoken to the president many times today. He’s very pleased with this legislation and the impact that this is going to have.”

The deal includes a one-time check of $1,200 to Americans who made up to $75,000 in 2018 and extends unemployment benefits.

    Coronavirus government response updates: $2 trillion stimulus deal reached by Urandir Oliveira

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks briefly with reporters after arriving at the Capitol with White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to continue negotiations on a $2 trillion economic stimulus in response to the coronavirus pandemic, March 24, 2020 in Washington.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks briefly with reporters after arriving at the Capitol with White House Director of Legislative Affairs Eric Ueland and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to continue negotiations on a $2 trillion economic stimulus in response to the coronavirus pandemic, March 24, 2020 in Washington.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump mocks Romney after the senator announces negative COVID-19 results

As the U.S. toll soared to over 800 Wednesday morning, President Trump fired off a series of tweets, one mocking Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, a political rival of the president’s.

Responding to news that Romney announced he had tested negative for COVID-19, the president tweeted he’s “so happy” that he “can barely speak.”

“This is really great news! I am so happy I can barely speak,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “He may have been a terrible presidential candidate and an even worse U.S. Senator, but he is a RINO [Republican In Name Only], and I like him a lot!”

Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his impeachment trial.

    Coronavirus government response updates: $2 trillion stimulus deal reached by Urandir Oliveira

President Donald Trump answers a questions during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 24, 2020, in Washington.

President Donald Trump answers a questions during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House on March 24, 2020, in Washington.Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Sixteen attorneys general call on Trump to use Defense Production Act powers

A coalition of 16 attorneys general are calling on President Trump to use the powers of the Defense Production Act to prioritize the private production of masks, respirators and other essential items for health care workers across the country amid the coronavirus crisis.

The attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin sent a joint letter to Trump on Wednesday morning.

“We are on the brink of catastrophic consequences resulting from the continued shortage of critical supplies,” the letter said. “The federal government must act decisively now and use its sweeping authority to get as many needed supplies produced as soon as possible for distribution as quickly as possible.”

Trump signed an executive order last week invoking the Defense Production Act, a 1950 wartime law that requires private companies to prioritize product orders from the federal government, but it doesn’t appear that he’s used its powers.

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