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Who would get what and when from the $2 trillion stimulus package

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed the massive $2 trillion stimulus package into law during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office."I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first," Trump said.The House passed the bill, the largest aid measure in American history,…... Read More

Coronavirus impacts: Disrupted lives, elevated stress and soaring worry

(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus crisis weighs heavily on the American public: Seventy-seven percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll say their lives have been disrupted, seven in 10 report personal stress and as many are worried that they or an immediate family member may become infected.Forty-one percent in this…... Read More

Inside Trump's call with governors: a mix of praise and criticism

(WASHINGTON) -- In a teleconference with governors that lasted more than an hour Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump faced a barrage of compliments, concerns and in some exchanges, criticism as state leaders made it clear they want more assistance from the federal government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in…... Read More

New York and DC call out shortcomings of relief bill while others stand to gain

(NEW YORK) -- Though the Senate's passage of a $2 trillion stimulus package Wednesday night was regarded as progress in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, leaders of some of the nation’s most affected cities issued sharp criticism that it just wasn’t enough."The congressional action, in my opinion, simply failed…... Read More

Congressional leaders hope to avoid delay or drama in House vote on $2T relief bill

(WASHINGTON) -- After some legislative “jiujitsu,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is “very proud” of the $2 trillion coronavirus crisis relief package the House is expected to vote on Friday morning and then send to President Trump, adding she feels "certain we will have a bipartisan vote.”“Congressional Democrats in…... Read More

Eager to move past health and economic crises, Trump tries to reinvent political playbook

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump finds himself in uncharted political waters as he stares down the biggest challenge of his presidency -- a global pandemic that is simultaneously exposing flaws in the federal government’s disaster preparedness and response capabilities, while simultaneously wreaking havoc on an economy key to his reelection…... Read More

Partisanship in a pandemic: Democrats more concerned about virus than Republicans, but increasing concern for all: Polls

(WASHINGTON) -- When the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, about half of the U.S. population said COVID-19 was a "major threat" to the health of the country, but more Democrats felt this way than Republicans, according to polling from Pew Research Center.While…... Read More

AG William Barr pushes expansion of home confinement to reduce prison populations amid coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) --  Amid concerns of the potentially devastating effects that an outbreak of the novel coronavirus could have within the walls of the nation's prisons, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that he has issued new recommendations to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to explore releasing certain at-risk prisoners to…... Read More

Isolated in Italy, Newt Gingrich says he's 'moderately optimistic' about US COVID-19 response

(NEW YORK) -- Former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich -- a known friend of President Donald Trump, who also served as House Speaker during his tenure -- joined the hosts of ABC's The View, saying he’s "moderately optimistic" about the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus, specifically in Congress.Late Wednesday evening,…... Read More

Senate approves $2T bipartisan stimulus package to respond to coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) -- With the White House and Senate finally reaching an agreement early Wednesday morning on a $2 trillion package to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic, now comes the tough part: securing the votes.After haggling all day, a final bill was introduced in the Senate and approved. Senate Republicans…... Read More

Obama-era Ebola czar says White House is 'blind' to how bad coronavirus will get

(WASHINGTON) -- Ron Klain, who served as the U.S. Ebola response coordinator under former President Barack Obama, told the hosts of ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast on Wednesday that the U.S. government's slow response to the novel coronavirus is putting the nation on a "path to becoming the worst outbreak"…... Read More