Senate and House congressman working into the wee hours of the night finally agreed on a nearly $2T package of economic relief
to help the country during this time of crisis. The previous sticking points were Republicans trying to all the money to business (with no restrictions on how it was to be used) instead of the people, and Democrats trying to pad the bill with a wish-list of infrastructure projects (falsely labeled "environmental regulations"). The contents of the bill was agreed upon "in principal", although it has yet to be written down as an official legal document.
The bill covers a lot of ground
- One-time check to people or families on the lower end of the economic scale
- Paycheck support for small businesses
- Expansion of unemployment benefits
- Emergency funding for healthcare providers
- Loans to large businesses, and the ability to delay payroll tax payments.
- Aid to states
Meanwhile, the disease continues to run rampant here in the U.S. and around the world. The reality that children have died, and even Prince Charles has tested positive will hopefully reinforce the reality that no one is safe due to demographic status.