Sen. Chuck Schumer pushes Senate to pass coronavirus relief bill

Воскресенье, 15 Мар, 2020

Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern of MA told reporters on Friday that the speedy process the House might have used isn't guaranteed.

Sources told Fox that if the measure passed the House with an overwhelming majority, the Senate would take it up next week. I will promise you that you will find a very bipartisan vote for that, and not one that slows it up by any means.

Pelosi had spoken with Mnuchin half a dozen times by mid-day in Washington, the speaker's office said.

Mr. Trump most certainly interacted with at least one of the three recent Mar-a-Lago guests to subsequently test positive for COVID-19, however. Mr. "We don't think the Democrats are giving enough", the President said.

Trump defended his administration's response to the crisis saying that it was following the procedures in place that were not designed for a crisis like the coronavirus and that changes would be made to deal with similar crises should they arise in the future.

The White House has canceled its public tours as well, according to its 24-hour Visitors Office information line.

USA health experts have criticized the Trump administration for initially downplaying the epidemic and lagging behind in testing efforts, making it hard to gauge the full scale of outbreaks in the United States and curtail transmission of the virus.

Democrats had initially sought to create a permanent paid sick-leave benefit for the third of United States workers who now lose wages when they stay home due to illness, but Republicans said that was a dealbreaker.

Earlier in the day, Trump had accused Democrats of "not doing what's right for the country".

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) reiterated Pelosi's stance that the chamber is prepared to vote on their version if the two sides can not reach an amicable solution. "We are proud to have reached an agreement with the administration to resolve outstanding challenges, and now will soon pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act", the California Democrat said in a letter.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in self-imposed quarantine after his wife tested positive on Thursday, and questions arise over whether U.S. President Donald Trump should be tested after meeting a Brazilian official infected with COVID-19.

There are also concerns among some GOP lawmakers that President Trump has not explicitly embraced the legislation, potentially leaving Republicans open to attacks if they vote for something Trump does not support. It does not include the US$1 trillion payroll tax cut that Trump had called for.

House Democrats have not yet released the text of the plan, but indicated they hoped to do so Friday, followed by approval on the House floor. Those details weren't exactly clear. People without legislative business were also asked to stop visiting the Capitol.

Central to the package is free testing for the virus and guaranteed sick pay for workers who are taking time away from jobs, along with an infusion of dollars to handle unemployment benefits and boost food programs for children, families and seniors.