This morning Mitt Romney, the former GOP Nominee for President, Governor of Massachusetts, and current U.S. Senator from Utah laid out his plan to help working American families during the current Wuhan Virus outbreak.
The cornerstone of his plan includes giving every adult American citizen and taxpaying resident $1000 as a way to meet their short term obligations. It also proposes grants to small businesses in need, expanding student aid and deferring college loans for recent graduates affected by outbreak.
In a statement released his office Senator Romney remarked, “The House coronavirus response package contains critical measures to help families in Utah and across the nation in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, and the Senate should act swiftly on this legislation, We also urgently need to build on this legislation with additional action to help families and small businesses meet their short-term financial obligations, ease the financial burden on students entering the workforce, and protect health workers on the front lines and their patients by improving telehealth services. I will be pushing these measures as Senate discussions continue about an additional relief package.”
Concerning the $1000 direct payment the Senator’s statement goes on to say, “Every American adult should immediately receive $1,000 to help ensure families and workers can meet their short-term obligations and increase spending in the economy. Congress took similar action during the 2001 and 2008 recessions. While expansions of paid leave, unemployment insurance, and SNAP benefits are crucial, the check will help fill the gaps for Americans that may not quickly navigate different government options.”
Last week the Congresswoman from Hawaii and Democrat Candidate for President Tulsi Gabbard introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would give every American age eighteen and over $1000 per month until the end of the of the current national emergency is ended by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
It would appear that both the plan of Senator Romney and Congresswoman Gabbard are based in the political philosophy of entrepreneur and former Democrat candidate for President Andrew Yang who made the idea of Universal Basic Income the bedrock of his campaign.
Asked on Monday by a reporter whether the White House would support direct cash legislation as a way to help American families, President Trump’s National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow answered “we might”.
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Humanitarian Organization Deploys Field Hospital to New York City
Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization based in North Carolina, announced on March 27, 2020 that they are sending a convoy of trucks carrying one of their Emergency Field Hospitals to New York City.
New York City is the epicenter of the Wuhan virus pandemic in America. Samaritan’s Purse staff is already on the field making preparations and a team of medical personnel, made up of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, are currently heading to the city.
Right now, New York City hospital are being strained with patients and are running out of beds and ventilators. One hospital is already placing two patients on a single ventilator machine. So far, north of 23,000 people in New York City have the Wuhan virus with the number of new cases nearly doubling every three days.
Samaritan’s Purse plans on adding 68 beds, which includes an ICU and a respiratory care unit.
The organization is also responding to the Wuhan virus crisis in Cremona, Italy, which is the worst affected area outside of United States.
Samaritan’s Purse donated 55,000 masks this week to hospitals and health facilities across North Carolina.
Franklin Graham, the President of the Samaritan’s Purse, declared:
God has called Samaritan’s Purse to rush into crisis areas to save lives and to share the Good News that Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the Cross and rose from the grave to save all who put their faith in Him. No matter where we go, our goal is the same—to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to share His love with those in need.
Samaritan’s Purse action shows how America’s vigorous civil society is tacking this crisis.
Despite what state worshippers say, America’s civil society is ready to help out.
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