COVID-19 Federal Updates: March 25
Updated: Jun 9
Everything you and your business need to know about federal coronavirus response efforts for March 25, 2020.
The President and U.S. Senate reached an agreement early Wednesday on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus measure to send direct payments and jobless benefits to individuals as well as money to states and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, which is expected to be enacted within days, is the biggest fiscal stimulus package in modern American history. The indication is that the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve the measure by unanimous consent following a U.S. Senate vote. Bill language is expected to be circulated soon.
The AP reports: “The unprecedented economic rescue package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. One of the last issues to close concerned $500 billion for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including a fight over how generous to be with the airlines. Hospitals would get significant help as well.”
GCP, and our partners, have been advocating for the relief package to include – among other priorities – support for Section 501(c)(6) organizations such as trade, professional and membership associations.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced it would provide $100 million to 1,381 community health centers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The money comes from a supplemental funding measure, the first congressional response to the pandemic.
To increase telehealth services and acquire medical supplies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $3,247,249 yesterday to assist Ohio community health centers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump administration is advising those leaving New York to self-quarantine for 14 days to avoid potentially spreading the coronavirus.
The Vice President relayed that the federal government was providing guidelines to states and was encouraged by the actions of Governors around the country but have not considered a national lockdown or "stay at home" order. That would be left up to the states.
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