Mar 22, 2020 10:00 PM

At a glance: Nearly $1.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package

Posted Mar 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Sunday morning, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a meeting with congressional leadership and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. "It is time to come together, finalize the results of our bipartisan discussions, and get the CARES Act to the President’s desk.." photo courtesy Sen. McConnell
Sunday morning, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a meeting with congressional leadership and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. "It is time to come together, finalize the results of our bipartisan discussions, and get the CARES Act to the President’s desk.." photo courtesy Sen. McConnell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House are teetering on a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package as the coronavirus pandemic deepens. No final decisions have been made. But the emerging package is expected to include

One-time checks to Americans

The measure would provide a quick, one-time stipend of about $1,200 per individual, $2,400 for couples, and $3,000 for family of four. The money would cut off at higher income levels.

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Paycheck support

An estimated $350 billion would be provided for small businesses to keep making payroll. Companies with 500 or fewer employees could tap up to $10 million in forgivable small business loans to keep paychecks flowing.

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Unemployment expansion

Workers who are eligible would receive up to 39 weeks of unemployment insurance through the end of 2020 if they are sidelined by the outbreak. The coverage would be retroactive to Jan. 27.

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Emergency funding, public health

The bill includes an additional $242 billion in additional emergency funds to fight the virus and shore up for safety net programs. That includes money for food stamps, child nutrition, hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and public health and transportation agencies.

The measure includes $15.6 billion to augment the food stamp program, which helps feed around 40 million Low income people per year. It’s annual budget is around $70 billion.

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Industry aid

The initial GOP plan called for $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries, which would have to be repaid. Leaders are still negotiating the final number and how the money would be provided by the administration.

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State aid

Negotiators are still hammering out whether there will be money give to the states, whose governors have requested billions to shore up their budgets.

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Mar 22, 2020 10:00 PM
Group wants Riley County official gone over virus remarks
Marvin Rodriguez-photo Riley County

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An activist group is pushing for the resignation of Riley County Commissioner Marvin Rodriquez over comments he made related to coronavirus and Chinese people.

The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice said Monday that Rodriquez should resign for saying at a March meeting that Manhattan, Kansas, wasn't at high risk for the coronavirus because it doesn't have many Chinese residents.

The advocates contend such remarks fuel hatred toward Asians, by promoting a belief that China is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic. Rodriquez had earlier apologized for his remarks, saying he likes Chinese food and has Chinese friends.