North Carolina House to vote on $1.7B COVID-19 spending bill

The North Carolina House is expected Wednesday to approve a COVID-19 relief package that spends $1.7 billion in federal aid.

House Bill 196 includes $600 million for COVID-19 testing, tracing and other prevention tasks. It allocates funding to support schools, colleges, universities, farms, fisheries and small businesses, and it bolsters mental health and substance abuse services.

The federal funds were provided through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by former President Donald Trump in December. North Carolina received a total of $4 billion in direct aid from the federal measure.

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