Washington – The Senate on Thursday approved a $ 8.3 billion expenditure item to combat the outbreak of coronavirus with the intention of calming public fear and accelerating the government’s response to the virus, whose rapid spread threatens to alter daily life in the United States and all over the world.
The money would finance a multifaceted attack against a virus that is spreading more and more with each passing day, once again generated a spiral in the stock markets on Thursday, affected tourism and is a potential threat to the US economic expansion of almost a decade.
The overwhelming vote in favor of 96-1 sends the project to the White House for the signature of President Donald Trump. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican for Kentucky, was the only one who voted against. The House of Representatives approved the plan on Wednesday with a vote of 415-2.RELATED
The game could more than triple the 2.5 billion dollars raised 10 days ago by the White House. Trump’s proposal was immediately dismissed by lawmakers from both parties. Instead, they negotiated an increase in the figure, a sample of bipartisan cooperation rarely seen in Washington.
“In situations like this, I think you should spare no expense to protect the American people, and in the design of this package nobody did it,” said the president of the Appropriations Commission, Alabama Republican Richard Shelby. “It is an aggressive plan, a vigorous plan that has received an overwhelmingly positive response.”
Trump will surely sign the initiative, which has strong support. The plan seeks to project confidence and calm while increasing anxiety about the impact of the virus, which has claimed 11 lives in the United States.
“The American people seek leadership and want assurances that their government is capable of fulfilling the task of protecting their health and safety,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat for Vermont.
The impact of the outbreak continues to accumulate. The British government suspended Parliament’s activities for five months in hopes of limiting the spread of the virus in the United Kingdom.
The legislation would grant federal public health agencies funds for vaccines, tests and potential treatments, including $ 300 million for the delivery of such medications to those who require them. More than 2,000 million dollars would be used to help prepare and respond to federal, state and municipal governments to the threat of the new coronavirus. An additional 1.3 billion dollars would be used to combat the virus abroad.
Other funds would be allocated to help local officials prepare for a potential outbreak alert situation and subsidize treatment in community health centers. Medicare rules would be attenuated in order to allow remote “telehealth” consultations under which sick people could receive care without having to go to the doctor.