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White House Expects Coronavirus Stimulus Spending to Boost Economy by ‘Well North of $2 Trillion’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House expects the impact of economic stimulus to counter the effects of coronavirus to be more than $2 trillion, including around $1.4 trillion from a prospective Senate bill, aides said on Saturday.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters he expects the coronavirus stimulus package being negotiated by the Senate this weekend would be worth about $1.3 trillion or $1.4 trillion.

Eric Ueland, the White House legislative liaison, told reporters the net impact of the legislation and U.S. Federal Reserve action would be “well north of $2 trillion.”

“The net impact, in combination with the amount that you’ll see pass in the next couple of days, I hope, plus what the Federal Reserve can put in on the table, in combination with what we’re doing, will be well north of $2 trillion,” Ueland said.

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Saturday said lawmakers were “making very good progress” on the Senate package.

“I have every expectation that this progress will continue throughout the day,” Schumer said.

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(Reporting by David Morgan; Writing by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Tom Brown)

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