Trump signals he may lift federal coronavirus guidelines

Washington — House Democrats are proposing a financial rescue plan to help the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic that, at $2.5 trillion, would dwarf the roughly $2 trillion package Republicans and the Trump administration have been touting.

The package, released Monday afternoon by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would provide $1,500 to every individual, up to $7,500 for a family of five. The benefit “would be available to anyone with an individual taxpayer identification number, as well as to our nation’s retirees and unemployed individuals,” according to an outline obtained by USA TODAY.

The plan also would:

  • Eliminate medical costs for all Americans, even those uninsured, for treatments and vaccines (When one is developed) relating to COVID-19.
  • Provide $150 billion to hospitals for costs related to fighting the disease.
  • Give up to $600 to workers affected by COVID-19 and eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.
  • Create a $500 billion pool of grants and interest-free loans for small businesses.
  • Supply nearly $60 billion for schools and universities to help them keep running.
  • Ensure states can carry out 2020 elections with $4 billion in grant funding for states,
  • Imposes a national requirement that states provide both 15 days of early voting and “no-excuse” absentee vote-by-mail.

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