House Passes Coronavirus Aid Bill After Trump Declares a National Emergency


The House has approved legislation to provide relief to Americans suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency bill earned the support of President Trump, who declared the outbreak a national emergency on Friday afternoon.

The action allows him to mobilize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and direct federal aid to states. Per NPR, it frees up as much as $50 billion in federal assistance to state and local governments.

Following his decision, the House of Representatives voted on the bill early Saturday morning.

“We did what we said we were going to do: Put families first,” said Pelosi.

The bill passed shortly after midnight on a bipartisan vote, 363-40, a victory Trump referred to as "good teamwork between Republicans & Democrats."

Nancy Pelosi assured the bill would ease the economic toll of the virus by providing free testing, offering sick pay for workers, enhanced unemployment benefits and paid leave to those infected or who need to give care, and strengthens food assistance programs.

“Tonight’s legislation presents a strong stimulus to our economy to protect the health and financial security of America’s working families as we fight the coronavirus crisis,” Pelosi wrote in a letter.

It now heads to the Senate for approval where it’s stalled until Monday. According to VOX, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent senators home for the weekend.

However, it’s expected to pass in large because of Trump's overwhelming support.

Trump encouraged both parties to continue putting aside their differences and vote “yes.”

He added, “Look forward to signing the final Bill, ASAP!”

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