This morning one woke up, hours aftre President Trump declared a national emergency, to news that the House of Representatives (with the encouragement of both President Trump and Speaker Pelosi) passed HR 6201, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.”
A coronavirus economic aid bill was passed by 363 votes to 40 by the House of Representatives in the early hours of Saturday morning after receiving support from President Trump who declared a national emergency because of the coronavirus on Friday afternoon. The sweeping relief package includes two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave as the coronavirus is now confirmed in 49 states. West Virginia is the only state not to have a case by Friday evening.Trump threw his support behind the legislation which faced a vote in the House early Saturday morning, after announcing a national emergency over coronavirus and later designating this Sunday, March 15, a National Prayer Day. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced the deal with the Trump administration for an aid package from Congress that would provide free tests even for the uninsured, enhanced unemployment benefits by boosting food stamps, and federal funds for Medicaid. It will also bolster food programs with additional food aid. Additionally it will include two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave for Americans who work for businesses with less than 500 employees or the government and are infected by the virus. (House PASSES coronavirus bill by 363-40 in 1am vote as Trump and Pelosi back deal, Daily Mail).For those with limited access, the text of HR 6201 follows.