The House passed a bill in response to the coronavirus outbreak. A second stage of responses is reportedly in the works.
According to Fox News, the legislation includes paid emergency leave for America’s workers, including “two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.”
“This legislation is about testing, testing, testing,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. The bill makes coronavirus tests free.
“To stop the spread of the virus, we have secured free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured. We cannot fight coronavirus effectively unless everyone in our country who needs to be tested can get their test free of charge.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters, “I’m not going to comment on the specific numbers right now. I’ll be talking to the Republicans at lunch tomorrow. But it’s a big number.”
“And we’ll be looking for support for small and medium-sized businesses, we’ll be looking for support for certain industries that we’ve talked about that are particularly hard hit. I’ve talked about airlines, hotels, others. And we will be looking at a general stimulus.”
The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, has proposed spending $750 billion on “emergency child care for health care workers and first responders; medicine and food delivery systems for seniors, and assistance to keep public transportation running,” among other things, according to USA Today.
McConnell is looking at help for small businesses and fiscally burdened families.
In addition to proposals from Capitol Hill, Trump is also calling for a payroll tax break to be considered…
Trump wants quick action, Ueland said.
“We can’t let weeks and months get under our feet here,” he said.
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“Again, we have a real focus on urgent action, and I’m hopeful there could be swift consideration of consensus ideas as quickly as possible.”