Trump signs $8.3 billion emergency coronavirus spending package

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed legislation to approve an $8.3 billion aid package to contain the spread of COVID-19. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) says her state will receive $11.5 million in funding to help the state Department of Health respond to the emergency.

On March 6, President Donald Trump signed legislation to approve an $8.3 billion aid package to contain the spread of COVID-19. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) says her state will receive $11.5 million in funding to help the state Department of Health respond to the emergency. She says the money will help support public lab testing, isolation and quarantine costs, sanitization of public areas, and monitoring the coronavirus. The legislation allocates more than $3 billion in vaccine research and will also pay states through grant funding. Some of these grants will be based on a population-based CDC formula. Meanwhile, other legislative issues remain for Congress, such as how to deal with U.S. companies' reliance on overseas manufacturing. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced legislation requiring all employers to allow workers to accrue 7 days of paid sick leave and an additional 14 days available immediately in the event of any public health emergency. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) said, "If the coronavirus spreads further, we will not hesitate to augment this funding with additional resources."