HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Discuss Progress on Economic Relief for Americans

HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Discuss Progress on Economic Relief for Americans
March 31, 2020 Comments Off on HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Discuss Progress on Economic Relief for Americans Press Releases, Trump, White House RNHA NEWS

ECONOMIC RELIEF LEGISLATION

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are very close to passing an emergency relief bill for American workers, families and businesses.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Together this $2.2 trillion dollar legislative package is bigger than anything I believe ever passed in Congress, perhaps relatively speaking.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I encourage the House to pass this vital legislation and send the bill to my desk for signature without delay. I will sign it immediately.”

HELPING WORKERS AND FAMILIES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “$300 billion in direct cash payments will be available for every American citizen earning less than $99,000 per year. That would be $3,400 very quickly for the typical family of four. Nothing like that’s been done in our country.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Up to $250 billion in expanded unemployment benefits. The average worker who has lost his or her job will receive 100% of their salary for up to four full months. Unlike normal unemployment benefits, independent contractors and the self-employed will be eligible.”

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “Direct payments into most people’s deposit accounts. And for those that don’t have it, we will be having the — the checks in the mail.”

ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND HARD-HIT INDUSTRIES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Senate bill, as you know, includes $350 billion in job retention loans for small businesses, with loan forgiveness available for businesses that continue paying their workers.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Over $500 billion in support for the hardest hit industries, with a ban on corporate stock buybacks, which is something I insisted on.”

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “Small business retention loans, this will cover roughly 50% of the private payroll in small businesses where we will immediately make loans that will supply eight weeks of —of salaries as long as they keep workers employed and overhead.”

SUPPLIES OF CRITICAL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I want to provide a brief update on the critical supplies. Through FEMA, the federal government has delivered or is in the process of shipping 9.4 million N95 respirators.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “20 million surgical masks and we have others that we think are going to be delivered pretty quickly.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “3.1 million face shields, 2.6 million surgical gowns, 14.6 million gloves and almost 6,000 ventilators, which go to the areas of greatest needs. We sent, over the last day, 4,000 ventilators to New York.”

PRIVATE SECTOR ACTION

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I will tell you this, tremendous spirit from people and tremendous spirit with respect to these companies. And I don’t have to use [the Defense Production Act] very much at all. They want to do it.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “As you know, General Motors is involved. Ford’s involved. 3M’s involved. Others are involved. And they’re all working very hard to produce product – all different products.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “FEMA reported to our task force today that hundreds of companies have stepped forward to be involved in the supply chain, and we are vetting nearly 70 of those countries for specific repurposing of their manufacturing to produce everything from masks, to gloves, to gowns and, of course, to ventilators.”

UPDATES ON TESTING

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We are at 432,000 tests completed. And we’re pleased to see they’re literally drive-through and community sites around the country, and the U.S. Public Health Service is assisting states in standing those up each and every day.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “Because of the public-private partnership President Trump initiated with these vast commercial lab networks around the country, we are adding tens of thousands of tests every single day.”

SUPPORT FOR HEAVILY IMPACTED STATES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I have now approved major disaster declarations for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. That has great significance, as you know, and legal significance.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’ve been spending a lot of time with New York officials because that really is by far the hottest spot.”

DR. DEBORAH BIRX: “You will see in New York City that the number of cases per day has been relatively constant over the last three days. Those are the number of new cases per day. This is a real call to every person in New York City and the New York metro area to continue every one of these 15 days to slow the spread.”

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