Democrats push for coronavirus bill
The coronavirus bill might finally be out and approved by the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. They have unveiled a broad package of proposals to help Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Pumping money into the economy, the new bill has added an additional $500 million to its kitty in the hope to help feed low-income pregnant women or mothers with young children who may or might have already lost their jobs or been laid off because of the virus outbreak.
The legislation, awaits speedy pass through the House floor for debate and a smooth passage on Thursday. Through the proposed bill, workers would be granted 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave, a summary of the bill shows.
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Further, the bill intends to help the unemployed by providing insurance to furloughed workers and hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding for children’s, seniors’ and other federal nutrition programs. Another pool in of finances to the tune of another $400 million is meant to help local food banks meet increased demand.
Further the bill guarantees free coronavirus screening to one and all, irrespective of the fact whether someone has insurance or not.
If passed by the House and Senate and approved by Trump, the House’s bill would result in “billions” of dollars of federal funds being dispensed, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. But with the well being of the Americans on top of their mind, the Democrats are willing to pull in more bills in the later stages, if need be.
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