PRESIDENT EXPECTED TO SIGN “IMMEDIATELY”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 27, 2020) — A2 $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill which cleared the U.S. Senate early Thursday morning has passed the U.S. House of Representatives, multiple sources reported shortly after 1:45 PM EDT Friday.
The bill, which President Trump said he will sign, contains billions of dollars in expanded unemployment insurance, loans, grants, and direct cash payments to individuals and families whose income is less than $75,000 annually. Eligible families would receive $1,200 for each adult and $500 per child.
The measure is the third bill passed by Congress in since the coronavirus outbreak which shuttered virtually all “non-essential” businesses, state by state, in increasing steps over the last several weeks. Earlier legislation signed on March 18 by President Trump rendered coronavirus testing free to all Americans, guaranteed school lunches to children who qualify for them while schools are closed, nutrition programs for the elderly, funding for food banks and paid leave for those directly affected by the spread of the disease for lost time at work.
Leaders of both parties pledged on the House floor Friday mornimg to help the American people weather the fallout from the virus by passing the legislation, the largest appropriations bill in American history.
As the virus spread throughput the country, many governors issued “stay-at-home” orders to emphasize the need for “social distancing,” a term created in the wake of the pandemic and now ensconced in the American lexicon.
Along with the aid expected to flow within the next several weeks domestically, the United States continues to assist foreign countries in their efforts to combat the virus, which as of this writing has claimed approximately 26,000 lives.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases. However, earlier on Friday, Fox News reported that the U.S. ranks ninth in the overall coronavirus death rate.
Trump is expected to sign the bill “immediately,” multiple sources reported.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.