Key element: $250 billion to give up to $1,200 to individuals, $2,400 to couples, $500 per child -- However, the payments would start to phase out for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of more than $75,000, and those making more than $99,000 would not qualify at all. The thresholds are doubled for couples.
More money in the bill for companies than for individuals -- A lot of the help is in the form of loans and there are conditions intended to make companies keep employees on the payroll. That includes:
- $350 billion in loans to small businesses in the hopes they keep people employed.
- $500 billion in bailouts for firms, including the airline industry, companies deemed necessary for national security.
- Billions to stockpile medical supplies.
Plus there's $150 billion in direct aid to states, although states like New York have already said they'll need more than their chunk of that pie.
What's else is inside? -- We're still finding out! And many lawmakers will vote on this thing without reading it all.
Some of what they've found:
- No money for the border wall
- Airlines and airports get what they wanted -- That's $32 billion in grants for airline wages, more for contractors and $25 billion in loans. This aid includes conditions that bar furloughs and stock buybacks, caps on executive compensation and more.
- Protections against foreclosures and evictions for 60-plus days -- The legislation says that servicers of federally backed mortgage loans may not begin the foreclosure process for 60 days from March 18.
"Last week when I went to work, we talked about the one or two patients amongst the dozens of others that might have been a Covid or coronavirus patient," Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday.
"In my shift yesterday, nearly every single patient that I took care of was coronavirus, and many of them extremely severe. Many were put on breathing tubes. Many decompensated quite quickly."
In a list obtained by CNN, the State Department lays out 25 items, telling diplomats to ask their host countries for these supplies with a clear priority on items available "today" and a secondary focus on equipment and items available in weeks.
The administration is making these private appeals as Trump is striking a starkly different note in public. At Tuesday's daily coronavirus briefing from the White House, not long after he had called the South Korean leader, the President veered into campaign-style rhetoric, declaring that, "America will never be a supplicant nation."
We've seen comparisons between South Korea, which has a low number of Covid-19 deaths compared with infections, and Italy, which is very high.
Now there are similar looks at Germany.
Why have certain countries done better than others at keeping their Covid-19 mortality rates down?
who is infected in various countries.
how they're being diagnosed (access to testing!).
the different health care systems.
As simple as nurses? One bottom line he proposes is that the number of nurses per capita is higher in Germany and nurses are the backbone of the health care system.
CNN's Chris Cillizza has been looking at polls that show a bump in approval for Trump and how he's handling the crisis.
On one level, this isn't terribly surprising. Polling consistently shows a rallying effect around the president when major crises face the country. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for example, President George W. Bush's approval rating soared into the high 80s and low 90s. There's a tendency for even partisans of the opposite party from the president to soften a bit in their perception of him as we are reminded of our common humanity and the need for our leaders to, well, lead us out of crisis.
On another, however, Trump's high approval ratings for how he has dealt with coronavirus and how he is handling the job more broadly might well shock people who have been keeping close track of his and his administration's performance on the pandemic.
After all, it's quite clear that the administration simply didn't take the threat of coronavirus seriously enough soon enough. And the testing capabilities for coronavirus in the US were decidedly slow. And Trump's public statements have been marked by inaccurate claims (the test is "perfect," the vaccine is coming fast, etc).
But what the Gallup and Monmouth numbers seem to suggest is that either
a) people aren't following every single statement made by Trump on this matter or
b) they don't hold him personally responsible for the hiccups along the way.
This story has been updated with the Senate passage of the bill and additional details from the legislation.