US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a massive bill on the costs of controlling the spread of coronavirus. It is estimated that $ 8.3 billion will be invested in coronavirus prevention and research efforts to quickly create a vaccine for a deadly disease.
Trump signed the bill on the day when the number of cases of the disease worldwide exceeded 100 thousand.
Legislators have tried to resolve the dispute over vaccine prices and unveil a $ 8.3 billion aid package to Congress on Wednesday. By Thursday, he passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Only three lawmakers voted against the bill: Ken Buck, Andy Biggs and Senator Rand Paul.
These congressional actions with such acute fragmentation underscored how seriously the government takes the threat of coronavirus. In recent days, many new cases have been confirmed in the United States, and health officials have warned that the virus could well lead to a pandemic.
The cost of the bill exceeds the $ 2.5 billion originally proposed by the Trump administration.
Money will be allocated to authorities that are already trying to contain the outbreak.
For states such as California and Washington, which are already struggling with the disease, relief is essential. Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, said Thursday that her staff will receive $ 11.5 million in funding to help the Washington Department of Health cope with the crisis. As you know, 11 people died from the virus in the state. According to her, this money will be spent on conducting state laboratory tests, the costs of quarantine, disinfection of public places and monitoring the state of the virus.
Also, state expenses will be paid by grant financing.
The bill also includes $ 3 billion in vaccine research.
However, the federal government has a lot of work to do since the number of diseases is growing, continuing to spread throughout the country. As of Friday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University, confirmed at least 233 cases in the United States. Government health officials have reported 14 deaths.
The US Congress has a number of legislative issues, including the question of whether workers can stay at home without paid leave, and how to cope with the dependence of American companies on foreign production.
By Friday morning, lawmakers had already proposed new legislation.
Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Rosa Delauro have introduced emergency billable sick days law. It requires all employers to allow workers to receive 7 days of paid sick leave and an additional 14 days in the event of any public health emergency.
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