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 insurance, increases funding for Medicaid and food security for citizens. Furthermore, it requires employers with 500 or fewer employees to offer paid sick, medical and family leaves. Most importantly, though, the bill guarantees free testing nationally.
Republica senators initially opposed the bill, saying it failed to provide enough aid in a timely matter. However, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told his fellow republicans he would sign the bill no matter what stating:
“I will vote to pass their bill. This is a time for urgent bipartisan action, and in this case, I do not believe we should let perfection be the enemy of something that will help even a subset of workers,”
President Trump still has to sign the bill into law, but this only is one on part congress effort to prevent economic disaster. Members of 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?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.