US House and Senate pass emergency aid package for coronavirus on March 18.

Package provides paid sick and family leave for some US workers.

Package expands unemployment assistance including nutrition assistance and increased resources for testing.

The US House of Representatives passed this second emergency aid package for people impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and spread on Friday, March 13; the US Senate passed this emergency package legislation March 18. This legislation now goes to the White House for President Trump’s signature and he is expected to sign the legislation soon.

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This legislation is the second wave of economic aid to address the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the economic aid to those affected by the COVID-19, this legislation allows for free testing and treatment for everyone.

Earlier in March, an $8B response package to boost testing and lower medical treatment costs was passed.

Congressional leaders and administration officials are now discussing additional economic relief to the tune of approximately $1T. This package will likely include direct payments to Americans but how much and when is still up in the air. Additional payments to small businesses, a stimulus package for workers and loan guarantees for hard hit industries such as hotels and airlines are also in the mix.

As indicated here on other posts, today also saw the invocation of the Defense Protection Act to stimulate immediate manufacturing action of essential medical protective gear (masks, gowns, gloves) and medical equipment (ventilators, respirators, etc.) needed now for health practitioners and patients alike.

Thanks to NPR and the New York Times.

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