House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.
“We must think big, for the people now," Pelosi said from the speaker's office at the Capitol.
The House is expected to vote on the package as soon as Friday, but Senate Republican leaders warned Pelosi that the new bill is dead on arrival even before it was formally unveiled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no “urgency.” The Senate will wait until after Memorial Day to act.
Here's an update on developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned Congress Tuesday that if the country reopens too soon during the coronavirus pandemic, it will bring “needless suffering and death.” Fauci was among the experts who testified before a Senate panel. His testimony came as more than two dozen states have begun to lift their lockdowns as a first step toward economic recovery.
- Thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported daily, many of them job-related, even as President Donald Trump urges people to return to work. There are plenty of new infections outside the workplace, including in nursing homes, and among retired and unemployed people. Yet all of the 15 U.S. counties with the highest per capita infection rates between April 28 and May 5 are homes to meatpacking and poultry-processing plants or state prisons, according to data compiled by The Associated Press.
- As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, a new type of internet matchmaking is helping hospitals get scarce supplies. Numerous online platforms and charity projects have popped up to match hospitals in need with exchanges, loans or donations of personal protective equipment, ventilators and even doctors.
- The economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus led in April to the steepest month-to-month fall in U.S. consumer prices since the 2008 financial crisis — a 0.8% drop that was driven by a plunge in gasoline prices.
- The federal government piled up a record deficit in April, traditionally a month of big budget surpluses. The sea of red ink is being created by a drop in revenue and a massive increase in spending to fund efforts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
- New York is investigating at least 100 cases of a rare syndrome thought to be related to the coronavirus that's affecting children and young adults.
- As North America’s pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey leagues try to play again in a pandemic, minor league sports face a more treacherous climb to return. While the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball can run on television revenue, it’s virtually impossible for many minor leagues to survive with empty stadiums.
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