WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Friday night to provided support and relief as the nation deals with the growing spread of the corona virus pandemic. The legislation includes funds for expanded corona virus testing, mandates for private business owners to provide paid sick leave, and increased spending on Medicaid.
Initially, the Trump administration proposed payroll tax cuts as a good cushion for the inevitable economic blows to come from virus reactions. Yet, the idea of letting people simply keep more of their own money cuts against the grain for Democrats and some Republicans in congress. The more politically viable option, as often is the case, was to spend more money. Still, Republicans and the Trump administration did not sign on to the relief bill until some things were ‘cleaned up.’
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of the American public.
Tonight’s deal is proof that if Republicans and Democrats work together, we can get things done for America. I’m glad we paused and took the time to make this legislation better. pic.twitter.com/MNmEK1OBMM
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 14, 2020
Democrats wanted to use this opportunity to create a permanent paid sick leave mandates for for all businesses, large and small. Never let a crisis go to waste, remember? Despite the extraordinary pressures of a literal pandemic, the president and Republicans in the House were able to clean that mess up to a certain extent.
It was only a matter of weeks ago that Pelosi and Company were trying to impeach and remove President Trump.
The legislation now heads to the Senate, where Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will usher it through possible tweaks and final passage before heading to the president’s desk.