Legislators working on coronavirus relief bill; Look to pass it in House, Senate on Monday

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WASHINGTON (WJW) — The Trump Administration says bipartisan legislators are working on a coronavirus relief package that they hope to make law on Monday.

Vice President Mike Pence said during a news conference Saturday afternoon that lawmakers are currently on Capitol Hill working on the bill. They hope to pass it in both the House and Senate on Monday.

President Donald Trump says the relief package is unlike any package the US has passed before.

It was proposed earlier this week by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as a $1 trillion package to help American households, healthcare and the U.S. economy amid the pandemic crisis and nationwide shutdown that’s hurtling the country toward a likely recession. The aid would be phased out at income thresholds of $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 per couple. Additionally, there would be $500 payments for each child.

The Trump Administration also elaborated on the progress of getting additional medical supplies to hospitals. The President invoked the Defense Production Act on Friday which will get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak, mobilizing the federal government to marshal the private sector to combat the pandemic.

The Vice President said during the Saturday press conference the Department of Health and Human Services has placed a half a billion-dollar order containing hundreds of millions of N-95 masks. They are expected to arrive soon. Meanwhile, American companies and manufacturers are producing masks to aid in the crisis.

Federal officials are also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as state and local officials, to assist in areas most impacted by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Vice President Pence also announced he will be tested for COVID-19 after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus. He says that neither he nor the President were exposed to this individual.

The President, who was previously tested for the virus, says he will not be taking another test.

Ultimately, federal officials remind Americans that we will get through this pandemic.

“Stay at home and save lives. This is a time of shared national sacrifice but it is also a time to treasure our loved ones and to take stock of what is most important — our faith, our families, our neighbors and our great country,” said President Trump.

The President and White House Coronavirus Task Force say they are continuing to take steps to protect American families, small businesses, large businesses and those on the front lines of the virus.

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  • Trump Administration is working on legislation to help small businesses.
  • Reiterated that Tax Day was moved to July 15. Americans will not receive penalties or interest for filing late.
  • Foreclosures, evictions are suspended for 60 days.
  • Mortgage companies asked to practice forbearance. Those with loans should contact lean holder directly if experiencing hardship.
  • Dept. of Edu. will not enforce standardized testing. Waived interest on federally-held student loans, borrowers can suspend payments for 60 days.
  • Signed the Defense Production Act to provide supplies to hospitals, medical facilities.
  • “Stay at home and save lives. This is a time of shared national sacrifice but it is also a time to treasure our loved ones and to take stock of what is most important — our faith, our families, our neighbors and our great country.” -Pres. Trump
  • Pence says they have spoken with religious leaders, asking them to offer online services and other ways to connect with parishioners.
  • They thank the American people for listening to state, local officials.
  • “Testing is expanding rapidly across the United States of America” -Pence
  • Authorities are working “hour-by-hour with FEMA” to assist states who are most impacted, Pence says
  • HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks Saturday
  • Team is on Capitol Hill right now working on bipartisan legislation to aid with the pandemic. Looking to pass legislation in both the House and Senate on Monday.
  • Pence says member of his staff who tested positive for coronavirus is doing well. Pence say that neither he nor President were exposed to this individual. However, Pence will be tested.
  • Dr. Fausi says not every American needs to get tested for coronavirus. There are certain individuals who are high-priority and need tests. When you get tested you utilize personal protective equipment. Officials need this equipment for highest-priority patients, medical professionals.
  • FEMA is getting requests for masks, ventilators, hospital expansions and more. Working to get states, local entities, tribes what they need.
  • Trump is hoping that businesses will continue to pay their employees, have them keep their jobs. However, there are other programs, packages in the works to assist these people.
  • Trump says car companies (Ford, GM) are now manufacturing masks and that states are bidding on them. If the federal government and states are bidding at the same time the federal govt. will drop out.

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