US Congress passes $ 2 trillion stimulus law

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a $ 2 trillion package of economic stimulus measures to tackle the effects of the spread of the new coronavirus on Friday, March 27. It was previously approved by the US Senate.

Before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted that the United States was facing a historic economic and health emergency and said that all lawmakers “have to do more.”

During the vote, congressmen respected the principle of social distance – the distance between them was at least 2 m. It is noted that some legislators were not present at the vote. Two members of the House of Representatives were previously diagnosed with coronavirus, another part of the congressmen decided to stay at home in connection with possible contact with the infected.

At the same time, Congressman from the Republican Party, Thomas Massey, tried to insist that the voting procedure be followed, which requires the presence of at least half of the representatives, which could delay the vote for an indefinite time. This caused sharp criticism from US President Donald Trump.

It is also noted that Trump promised to sign a document on economic stimulus measures as soon as he receives it.

This is the largest government assistance package in American history. It is estimated that each adult US citizen will receive one-time assistance of $ 1,200. In addition, small companies will be able to rely on subsidies to ensure payment of wages.

The number of unemployed in the United States after the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic exceeded all forecasts and amounted to 3.3 million people, according to March 23.

According to the latest data , more than 100 thousand cases of infection with a new coronavirus have been registered in the United States. According to this indicator, the country ranks first. U.S. President Donald Trump said that the reason for leadership was the conduct of mass testing.

March 23, US chief surgeon Jerome Adams said that within a week the country is expected to worsen the situation with the incidence of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

An outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 virus COVID-19 occurred in Wuhan, China, in late December. Outside of China, the disease was diagnosed in patients in 198 countries. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the coronavirus pandemic.

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