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Trump Calls for $2 Trillion in More Spending for Infrastructure

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Congress should pass a $2 trillion infrastructure plan as part of its next legislative response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said the spending on the country’s road, bridges and other infrastructure should be included in the bill legislators are currently drafting to address the global pandemic, which they refer to as “Phase 4.”

“With interest rates for the United States being at ZERO, this is the time to do our decades long awaited Infrastructure Bill. It should be VERY BIG & BOLD, Two Trillion Dollars, and be focused solely on jobs and rebuilding the once great infrastructure of our Country! Phase 4,” Trump said in a tweet.

Congress has already passed three pieces of coronavirus-related legislation in March with the backing of the White House.

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Trump on Friday signed a $2 trillion emergency spending bill into law, promising to send cash to individual Americans, businesses and healthcare facilities. The Senate had unanimously approved the massive package after the House passed it with an overwhelmingly majority.

The spending bill – the biggest ever passed by Congress – is intended to flood the economy with cash in a bid to stem the impact of an intensifying epidemic that has killed 3,178 people in the United States from among nearly 166,000 reported cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

The outlay so far amounts to nearly half of the $4.7 trillion the U.S. government spends annually.

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(Reuters contributed to this report.)

Cover image: President Donald Trump speaks at a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2020. (Screen grab)

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