Missouri Lawmakers Approve Multi-Billion Dollar Virus Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have voted to give Republican Gov. Mike Parson sweeping authority to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money as the state fights the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers on Wednesday approved the use of federal funding for medical supplies, local governments, nursing homes and other aid. Parson says he’ll sign the bill as soon as possible. Parson’s administration asked for the authority to spend roughly $4.8 billion in federal dollars in response to the pandemic, but at least $1.8 billion of that hasn’t been promised by Congress. Lawmakers are taking social distancing precautions as they conduct business.