WASHINGTON, DC –
Trump has signed into law a coronavirus relief plan. The multi-million dollar plan helps Americans get necessary aid while dealing with coronavirus.
“The [Families First Coronavirus Response Act] makes emergency supplemental appropriations and other changes to law to help the Nation respond to the coronavirus outbreak,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday evening (March 18) after announcing he had signed the bill.
UPDATED 3/19 18:02 ORIGINAL POST IS BELOW
The coronavirus has costed businesses and families millions of dollars. It’s expected that things will get worse but Washington is fighting back.
Congress has been working on a bi-partisan deal (my favorite) that offers aid to American residents during the pandemic. Workers are unable to report to their posts due to strict coronavirus restrictions. With the mandatory closings of millions of businesses across the country, many part time workers are unable to bring income into their home.
Small businesses have been suffering also. Local restaurants have been banned from daily operations. “I didn’t expect it to be so quick,” Luis Rivera, who owns the Casa Adela restaurant, told ABC News of the virus’ impact on small business. “I don’t know how to deal with it. I’m trying to make ends meet.”
Congress is introducing an aid bill to fight this hard times. The bi-partisan bill was passed under all democrats and forty five republicans. Per Huff Post, the bill pushes for free coronavirus testing, unemployment insurance benefits, medicaid increases, food stamp increases, and more. Officials have also been sure to fight for paid sick leave and stimulus-like checks to Americans.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says that democrats will continue to push for more help for Americans. “The Democratic House will continue to make clear to the Administration that any emergency response package must put Families First before any aid to corporate America is considered,” Pelosi said Tuesday.
The bill is now awaiting signature from President Trump.