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House Democrats unveil coronavirus economic response package


March 19, 2020

House Democrats late Wednesday night introduced emergency legislation to help reduce the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak by providing financial backing to those most immediately affected, including an expansion of paid sick leave and unemployment benefits.

A vote is expected Thursday, just before lawmakers leave Washington for a previously scheduled weeklong recess. The bill is expected to pass easily through the House, though it remains unclear when — or if — the Republican-controlled Senate will take it up.

The package comes as lawmakers face mounting pressure to help mitigate the economic hit from the coronavirus as a growing number of airlines cancel flights, travelers cancel plans, sports leagues cancel games and schools and workplaces announce closures. Even the Capitol is preparing to suspend public tours through at least the rest of this month.


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