The US government seems to be doing everything in its power to halt the spread of coronavirus and help the families affected by the outbreak in the country. On Wednesday, Democrats in the US House of Representatives introduced proposals to help US citizens deal with the pandemic.
When passed, the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” is going to allow workers to have up to 3 months of paid medical and family leave and 14 days of paid sick leave. Additionally, the bill would include hundreds of millions of dollars for federal nutrition programs and provide unemployment insurance to workers who have been temporarily laid off.
The new legislation also aims to provide an additional $500 million to help feed mothers and pregnant women who were laid off or lost their jobs because of the outbreak. Meanwhile, local food banks will receive $400 million to meet increased demand.
Above all, the legislation will offer free COVID-19 testing to everyone who needs it, including those without any sort of health insurance.
According to Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, they were hoping that the bill would help Americans get through the coronavirus crisis. However, once passed by the House and approved by President Trump, billions of federal funds would have to be dispensed to enact the bill.
As of this moment, there are over 1,000 people who tested positive for the virus. The outbreak has affected almost three-quarters of US states, with a total of 32 deaths recorded.