A proposed coronavirus relief package from congressional Democrats has cleared a major hurdle, with the Trump Administration agreeing to support the provisions of the bill.
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that a deal had been struck on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which would funnel $8.3 billion towards free coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave and beefed up unemployment insurance for those put of work by the crisis.
According to Pelosi, if passed and signed into law, the legislation would cover:
- Free coronavirus testing for "everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured."
- Paid emergency leave with two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months paid family and medical leave
- "Enhanced Unemployment insurance for those who lose their jobs."
- Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), student meals, seniors’ nutrition & food banks
- Increased funds for Medicaid to support "local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems."
Pelosi's tweet also said the House would pass the bill "today," as the Senate works on its own version.
The deal for the massive relief package is the result of negotiations between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, CNN noted.
Though there was some uncertainty as to whether President Donald Trump himself would publicly voice his support for the bill, he tweeted his approval Friday night, saying, "Look forward to signing the final Bill, ASAP!"
Friday's deal comes just a few hours after the president declared a national emergency to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic.