FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives during negotiations on a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) relief package on Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers were very close on Tuesday to a deal on an economic package that will provide relief for Americans and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

“At last I believe we’re on the five-yard line. It has taken a lot of noise and a lot of rhetoric to get us here,” McConnell said. “Depsite all of that we are very close.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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