As President Trump’s medical and leadership team deal with the coronavirus, other members of the administration and GOP in DC are stepping up to improve the situation for many Americans.
Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin explained, “We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately. Americans need cash now, the president wants to get cash now. I mean now—in the next few weeks.” An $850 billion dollar economic rescue package could be on the way. The reported amount of the aid would be in the range of $1000 each for most Americans.
Mnuchin on taxes: “We encourage Americans who can file taxes to continue to file taxes on April 15 because for many Americans, you will get tax refunds and we don’t want you to lose out on those tax refunds. If you owe a payment to the IRS, you can defer up to $1 million as an individual, and $10 million to corporations, interest-free and penalty-free for 90 days. File your taxes, you’ll automatically not get charged interests or penalties.”
Meanwhile, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell is advancing the president’s agenda, and the economic rescue package, in the upper chamber: “The Senate will not adjourn until we have passed significant and bold new steps above and beyond what the House has passed to help our strong nation and our strong underlying economy weather this storm.”
And the president’s point man on the crisis, Vice-President Mike Pence reassured, “It is important that the American people understand that testing is happening all around the country.”
This is in contrast to the Democrats, who tried to sneak abortion funding into the House virus bill and are pressing for some of the same measures in the bill now being considered by the Senate.
They are possibly doing this because they think they can hold the president hostage over the coronavirus economic stimulus package. If so, someone should introduce them to Donald Trump.