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Pence tells governors money for coronavirus costs is coming

State officials say they need the money for a wide array of expenses, including protective gear, housing and transporting those under quarantine.
Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci
President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a news conference about coronavirus in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington.

The Trump administration is reassuring state governors they will be reimbursed for at least part of what they spend as they attempt to contain the coronavirus as it spreads throughout the U.S. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Vice President Mike Pence told governors, "Do what you've got to do." Federal spending is being fast-tracked in Congress, where bipartisan negotiations are nearly complete on $7 billion to $8 billion in emergency funding. 

State officials say they need the money for a wide array of expenses, including protective gear, housing and transporting those under quarantine, overtime for medical workers performing lab tests and public information campaigns.