The House of Representatives passed a sweeping coronavirus aid package at 1 a.m. Saturday that 40 Republicans voted against amid concerns that the Democrats are exploiting the virus to expand and permanently change welfare programs and to make abortion easier.
The 40 Republicans further said that they could not vote on a bill without being given enough time to read it. The House only gave its members a couple of hours to read the massive aid bill before they were required to vote on it.
Nevertheless, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” passed in the House by a vote of 363-40. The Senate will take up the bill next week.
The coronavirus aid package calls for the following (among many other things):
- Free coronavirus tests for all Americans, including the uninsured (a Trump proposal).
- Up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
- Mandatory two-week, paid sick leave for those who get COVID-19.
- Unemployment insurance for workers who get laid off due to the media-fomented hysteria that many leftists hope will trigger a recession.
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz — who opposed the bill — explained why to Fox News host Martha MacCallum:
“Everyone is for testing. Everyone is for medical infrastructure like ventilators. Where Republicans have challenges is where we have legislative provisions that FOREVER change entitlement programs.
We should not use the coronavirus as an excuse to dramatically expand eligibility in the SNAP program, for example.”
We want solutions that are medical infrastructure-focused, testing-focus, but that don’t rewrite entitlements while we are dealing with the coronavirus.”
(Source: The Story)
Matt Gaetz added: “Unfortunately, we see the Speaker of the House trying to jam the President. Putting reformations to abortion laws and abortion practices into this legislative package as a way to make Republicans and the President look like we don’t support testing.”
President Trump had opposed the legislation early Friday. However, by Friday evening (hours after declaring a national emergency), the President urged both parties to support the bill.
Trump tweeted: “This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers. I have directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations that will provide flexibility so that in no way will Small Businesses be hurt.”
I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening. This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers. I have directed….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2020
….the health and well-being of American families FIRST. Look forward to signing the final Bill, ASAP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2020
Many Republicans opposed the coronavirus relief bill after Democrats sneak-crammed last week’s $8.3 billion coronavirus emergency funding bill with billions of dollars to fund pork-loaded leftist projects.
Last week’s “coronavirus emergency funding bill” included taxpayer financing of the following FOREIGN projects. How do these projects put “America first” or help Americans fight the coronavirus?
- $435 million for “Global Health Programs”
- $300 million for “International Disaster Assistance”
- $264 million for “Diplomatic Programs”
- $100 million for “Worldwide Security Protection”
- $250 million for the “Economic Support Fund.”
None of this taxpayer funding of foreign projects was requested by the Trump administration.
President Trump had requested $2.5 billion to be distributed to the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health so they could develop a vaccine and get protective equipment like face masks (which sold out after the media-fueled hysteria caused panic-buying of these supplies).
While the United States is canceling sports events and other large public gatherings to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, numerous medical experts say there’s no cause for panic or hysteria because most people won’t be harmed by the virus.
The mass hysteria and misinformation being spread about Coronavirus is stomach-turning. I wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with some of you hissy-freaks.
"ER doctors urge public to calm down, say coronavirus death rate greatly over-hyped"https://t.co/65Lz9MUowB
— Amy (@MaybeAmes) March 6, 2020
Dr. James Phillips is an ER doctor and assistant professor at George Washington University Medical School. Phillips says “most of us are going to get” coronavirus, but that’s okay because it won’t do any harm to the vast majority of the population.
Phillips said most medical experts agree that the coronavirus can’t be contained. However, Phillips said 98% to 99% of people won’t be harmed by the virus.
Dr. Phillips said: “Most of us, including myself, are likely to get this virus and do fine…Roughly 98 to 99 percent of us are going to do very, very well.”
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