MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CNN) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $480 billion package to deliver aid to small businesses, hospitals and to expand COVID-19 testing.
The U.S. house passed the measure 388-5 on Thursday. It’s the latest attempt by lawmakers to blunt the devastating impact of the pandemic.READ MORE: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
The total price tag of the bill is approximately $484 billion. It will add to the already historic levels of spending to deal with the pandemic by authorizing an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which was set up to help small businesses struggling from the economic deep freeze triggered by coronavirus. Funding for the program ran dry earlier this month, prompting an outcry from
the business community.
This lifeline has already supported more than 30 million American jobs, and now they will continue to support America’s workers through this crisis. pic.twitter.com/4qeh65zMlI
— Financial Services GOP (@FinancialCmte) April 24, 2020
In addition, the legislation provides $75 billion for hospitals and health care providers to address coronavirus expenses and lost revenue and $25 billion to facilitate and expand Covid-19 testing. The increased funding for testing comes at a time when there is widespread recognition that testing capacity must increase and improve as states consider when to reopen businesses and lift stay-at-home orders.READ MORE: St. Paul Police Report Rapid Increase Of Overdoses, Warn Of Synthetic Opioids
🚨 President Trump just signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to empower American families, workers, hospitals and small business owners.
+ emergency relief for small businesses
+ more resources for hospitals
+ investments for expanded testing
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) April 24, 2020
The legislation, though referred to as an “interim” measure by lawmakers, amounts to the latest historic effort by Washington to prop up the economy on the heels of a more than $2 trillion rescue package along with other relief measures already approved by Congress.
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