President Trump signs 2nd coronavirus relief bill into law

by Bryan Brammer · Mar 19th, 2020 7:01 am

Mere hours after the Senate passed the second coronavirus relief bill 90-8 on Wednesday, President Trump signed the legislation into law.

Fox News reports:

The legislation provides 14 days of paid sick days to workers affected by the coronavirus, ensures free testing to everyone, including the uninsured, and expands food aid and boosts unemployment dollars to states.

Next up, the Senate and White House have been moving quickly to draft a third round of stimulus legislation that could infuse about $1 trillion into the U.S. economy that has been rattled by school shutdowns, business closures and steep declines in the travel and tourism industry as many Americans are stuck home.

Although critics of the "phase two" bill worried that the mandate on small businesses to provide financial relief to their employees was too burdensome, Senate leaders urged them to vote the bill through to demonstrate "bipartisan cooperation during the global pandemic."

All eight who opposed the legislation were Republican while Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) were absent because of self-quarantining after they were exposed to people who had tested positive for COVID-19.


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