Congress passed a multi-million dollar relief plan to offset the effects of Coronavirus.
Congress passed The Families First Coronavirus Response Act today in efforts to deal with the damage the virus is causing. The bill passed with a 90-8 vote, days after it got approval in the house.
The bill expands unemployment benefits, increases funding for healthcare and food security, and mandates paid sick, medical, and family leaves for employers with 500 or fewer employees. Most importantly, the bill ensures free testing nationwide.
Initially, Republican senators opposed the bill, citing concerns about its timeliness and lack of sufficient aid. However, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell assured his fellow Republicans that he would support the bill, emphasizing the need for urgent bipartisan action.
While President Trump’s signature is still required to make the bill into law, this is just one part of Congress’ efforts to prevent economic disaster. Members from both the House and the Senate are working on legislation to stimulate the American economy.
According to CBS News, lawmakers are looking for an $850 billion to $1 trillion stimulus package.
Five hundred billion of the stimulus package would go directly to American citizens made it two separate payments on April 6th and May 18th. Other areas the package will address are the airline industry, and ” other suffering areas of the economy.”
While the idea of getting a check from the government sounds nice, Americans should be mindful that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
What do you guys think of the Coronavirus relief plan efforts? Is the government doing enough to help its citizens? Or are they just using this pandemic as a way to dupe its citizens?
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