National news dispatch: Primaries, SNAP benefits, Merkley’s running

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley

Senate passes $8.3 billion coronavirus emergency bill

After weeks of negotiations, the Senate passed a spending bill on Thursday, March 5 to combat the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, in the U.S. The bill had already been approved by the house, and was signed by President Trump.

As of Tuesday morning, at least 26 people in the U.S., most in Washington, have died as a result of COVID-19.

Merkley is definitely running

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Jeff Merkley, Oregon’s junior senator flirted with a presidential run in 2019, where he would have joined nearly 30 democrats in a crowded primary field. Ultimately . . .

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