As the coronavirus outbreak wreaks further havoc threatening to shut down the nation for weeks, the Trump administration will be asking Congress to approve an $850 billion emergency stimulus package to ease the economic impact of the pandemic, according to a senior administration official; plus more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump pushes for $850 billion stimulus package amid coronavirus impact
The administration of President Donald Trump, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as well as lawmakers in Congress, are preparing to push through a roughly $850 billion stimulus package aimed at lessening the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
This will be the third coronavirus spending package with a multibillion-dollar price tag. The Senate is already working to move along a previous, second, relief bill that is aimed at expediting testing for the COVID-19 virus, as well as providing paid relief and leave for workers.
According to various reports, the new stimulus comes largely in the form of tax relief measures. Among these, roughly $500 billion for a payroll tax cut, another $250 billion earmarked for small business administration loans, while another $58 billion will be directed specifically to the airline industry and other measures.
Trump labeled as racist for saying “Chinese virus,” but China origin is a fact
Democrats and their partners in mainstream media wasted no time in blasting Trump in after he made a tweet in which he used the term “Chinese virus.”
Trump tweeted: “The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus. We will be stronger than ever before!”
Numerous politicians and others quickly took to social media to condemn Trump as racist for the statement.
Inconvenient truth, but a fact: virus originated in China
Inconvenient as it may be, it is a fact that novel coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, originated in China.
The Guardian reported that the earliest case of Covid-19 occurred in China in November 2019, according to Chinese government records, yet authorities waited weeks before acknowledging that the new strain of coronavirus existed.
According to the Guardian, the first case can be traced back to November 17, 2019. Chinese doctors who attempted to raise the alarm about the disease in late December were reprimanded by the Chinese government.
Authorities waited until January 21, 2020, before publicly acknowledging there was a human to human transmission.
Like it or not, the novel coronavirus Covid-19 is of Chinese origin.
ABC is reporting a slightly different version of the story, however, also stating that the novel coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China with the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019, saying that a mysterious pneumonia sickening dozens.
ABC reports that China acknowledged the first novel coronavirus-related death on January 11, 2020, and that the first confirmed case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020.
The WHO declared a world health emergency on January 30, 2020.
Health Officials say US does not have enough stockpiled medical equipment
As a reminder of the mistake made by previous administrations for allowing most of America’s medical manufacturing to be outsourced, namely to China, top healthcare officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Reponses, have announced that there is not enough personal protective equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile to meet the anticipated need of the nation’s healthcare system.
There is an insufficient inventory of medical equipment such as masks, gowns, and gloves. The US government also keeps a stockpile of vaccines and pharmaceuticals.
Trump inherited the problem, but has already announced that an executive action is being drafted, a measure known as “Buy American,” that will prevent this scenario in the future.
The new bill will force the federal government to purchase its medical supplies from US-located businesses and manufacturing plants, which in turn, should force companies to return some of their manufacturing facilities to the United States if they want to do business with the federal government.