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  • Nov 16, 2019

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WASHINGTON -. Rep Ben McAdams, D-Utah, became the second US lawmakers to test positive for COVID-19.

McAdams, 45, said that he began to develop mild symptoms on Saturday after returning from Washington, DC, and soon began to isolate himself after consultation with the doctor.

“On Tuesday, my doctor told me to get tested for COVID-19 and follow his direction, I went to the clinic local testing to the test,” he said in a statement “Today I learned that I am. test positive “

McAdams, the only member of the Democrats of the congressional delegation Utah, said he would self-quarantine until he knew it was safe:” I did my part as all Americans do to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the plague coronavirus. “

” I urge Utahns to take this seriously and follow health recommendations we get from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public threat, “the statement concluded.

Earlier Wednesday, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, became the first known member of Congress for the contract. virus

– Savannah Behrmann

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a sweeping multibillion-dollar package of emergency aid Wedne night sday that will provide sick leave for Americans who are in quarantine, help family members who COVID-19 infected or have children that schools have been closed as a result of an outbreak of coronavirus.

The bill also offer free testing for coronavirus and increase unemployment insurance, food assistance and federal funding for Medicaid as part of Washington’s efforts to combat the rapid spread of the pandemic.

“Today, I have signed the law H.R. 6201, the” Family Coronavirus First Response Act “(the” Act “),” the president said in a statement. “The law made an additional allocation of emergency and other changes in the law to help the nation’s response to an outbreak of coronavirus.”

Trump recorded a provision in a measure that requires the secretary of agriculture to deliver a report to Congress that included legislative recommendations. The president said he would “treat this provision in a manner consistent with Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution,” which provides him “exclusive authority” to make recommendations to Congress.

The President signed the bill hours after the Senate approved the bill, which is the result of the negotiations between the White House and Congress.

– Courtney Subramanian

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Announced Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19, became the first member of Congress known to contract the virus spread rapidly.

Diaz-Balart, who represents part of Miami and South Florida, said in a statement that he decided to self-quarantine in Washington on Friday because his wife has a condition that already exists, and thus more prone to infected with coronavirus. Diaz-Balart said the next day, he began to show symptoms that include fever and headache.

He was told on Wednesday that he tested positive for coronavirus.

“I want everyone to know that I feel much better,” he said in a statement. “However, it is important that everyone takes this very seriously and follow the CDC guidelines to prevent illness and reduce the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during a try.”

Members of Congress have to worry about the prospect of contracting the virus, with some reason that the MPs should be able to choose from a distance to avoid traveling back and forth to Washington. At least 15 MPs have so far to go into self-quarantine after coming into contact or be around someone who has tested positive for the virus.

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shot down the idea. The second room has instead moved to make the sound more secure by trying to limit the number of MPs in the House and Senate floors. Many MPs have also been told their staff to work remotely with the hope of limiting interaction.

The infection came as Congress began working on a third legislative package that would offer more help to the Americans and businesses are hurting because of this. virus

– Christal Hayes

Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel has testted negative for coronavirus, a party official said Wednesday.

McDaniel, 46, lives in Northville, Michigan, and is a former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. He went to a local hospital in Michigan on Friday after going down with flu-like symptoms.

On Wednesday afternoon, Michael Ahrens, communications director for the RNC, posted on Twitter the results, saying, “On the advice of doctors, @GOPChairwoman administered tests for COVID-19, the test that has thankfully come back negative.” < / p>

Saturday, RNC announced that McDaniel had been tested. But he remains active while waiting for test results, posting on social media in the Democratic presidential debate last week and other issues

-. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Mon. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Send a letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Wednesday asked for clarification on whether CDC has the authority to cover the costs of COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Warren said that Redfield could “payment authorize, for the care and treatment of individuals subject to a medical examination, quarantine, (and) isolation,” of those who have or suspected of having coronavirus, adding that, “this means that CDC can pay all costs not covered by insurance forms for COVID-19 testing and treatment for Americans with the virus. “

last week, Redfield said he used are willing to authority that is to have the CDC to pay for all Americans to be tested for the coronavirus, including insurance, after a question from Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., During a session of House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Porter has emphasized that Redfield has the authority under federal law. After being questioned constantly, Redfield agrees that he will commit to use its authority to authorize the payment for the tests.

“I think you are a very good questioner, so my answer is yes,” Redfield said Porter.

Warren shows exchange with Porter in his letter, but also said that in his

closing statement of his said: “in my comments today I want to just explain that we are currently checking all the way to try to ensure that uninsureds have access to testing and treatment. And we encourage the use of health centers Federal Qualified to do this at reduced or free, and we will continue to update both Congress and the public on all the resources available for this population. “

Warren continued,” it is vital that you explain your response and you plan to use the CDC’s existing authority to ensure all Americans who have or are afraid that they might have COVID-19 is capable of testing and treatment. ”

He requested an answer to clarification by 31 Mar

-. Savannah Behrmann

The Pentagon is preparing to deploy aboard Navy hospital to support the response to domestic coronavirus, the Ministry of Defense has announced.

The US Navy hospital ship Comfort will require weeks of repairs before it can sail from the port at Norfolk, Virginia, a Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Wednesday afternoon. < p> President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that the Leisure and other Hospit al ship, Mercy, will “be launched over the next week or more depending on the needs.”

Trump also said Comfort was in San Diego. It’s in Norfolk, the home port of Mercy is San Diego.

Comfort will sail to New York after the maintenance is completed in a matter of weeks, says Hoffman . Mercy will be ready in a few days, he said.

The military has had 89 cases of infection, including 49 soldiers, 19 dependents, 14 civilian workers and seven contractors. Of those cases, 14 were hospitalized < / p>

-. Tom Vanden Brook

When asked about the timing of his decision to fly out of the presidential race, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-, VT, is grumpy in his response: “I’m dealing with af *** ing global crisis. You know, we’re dealing with. ”

When pressed again about still running for president, he replied, “Well now, now I’m trying to do their best to ensure that we do not have the economic crisis and that people do not ‘t die. Is that enough for you to keep me busy for today? “

Although greatly missed all three states during the primaries Tuesday, Vermont senator did not break the race, according to his campaign.

Sanders was in DC voting on the emergency aid package Wednesday which provide paid sick and family leave for many Americans. The Senate passed the bill 90-8 and will now be sent to the White House to be signed by the President of the Trump

Coronavirus cases in the United States pass through 7,000 on Wednesday

– .. Savannah Behrmann < p> Senate approves multi-billion dollar emergency aid package Wednesday that would provide paid sick and family leave for many Americans while also offering free testing for coronavirus and strengthen unemployment insurance.

The sound 90-8 approval came after days of intense negotiations and maneuvering to maintain broad bipartisan support for the package, the second Congress has passed to combat the coronavirus.

Eight Republican senators opposed to the bill, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, Senator Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

Three senators offered three amendments to the draft law, which all failed. Three changes take a way to offset the cost of the proposal, extending paid sick and family leave further and cut off for not extending unemployment for the workers affected.

The bill will now be sent to the White House to be signed by the President of Trump.

legislation marks the second phase of the work of Congress to address the terrible impact of the virus is having on the lives of Americans. Here’s what to do:

Congress has started work on a third stimulus package that may be to address the needs of small businesses are struggling due to the current pandemic also offer some type of cash assistance to the United States. There are also proposals for additional leave, supported assistance to the health care industry and support for aviation and shipping industries. Senate leaders say they will not leave Washington until the third bill is passed, which many hope will happen this week or next

-. Christal Hayes

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump insists that he plans to invoke a provision that would allow him to ban certain people from entering the country, including asylum seekers and people entering the country illegally in the southern border ,

“The answer is yes,” Trump told reporters when asked about the code, adding that he planned to invoke it “very soon. Maybe today.”

administration will call 42 US code 265, part of the code of federal law that states the surgeon general US “would have the power to prohibit, in whole or in part, the introduction of people and property from the state or places as he should appoint to avert such danger, and for such period as he may deem necessary for that purpose “

When asked again whether he closed the uS-Mexico border, Trump said:”, no we are not going to close it . “

” But we invoke a specific provision that will allow us huge latitude, “he added.

-. Courtney Subramanian and John Fritze

President Donald Trump says he has no plans to suspend tariffs on China or other countries as part of US efforts to combat coronaviruses

“There is no reason to to do that, “said Trump. “It (the virus) is caused by something completely unrelated to the fare.”

– Michael Collins

President Donald Trump says “no tipping point” in the decision along with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to close the border between the two countries. Trump said he spoke with Trudeau and the couple decided they “want to isolate” those who may be sick from coming into contact with other people.

“That’s how we’ll win this war,” he said, adding that the move would not affect trade between the US and Canada.

Trump said of the Canadian border restrictions blocking the comfort of the trip will last for at least 30 days. “I would say 30 days,” said Trump. “Hopefully at the end of 30 days we will be in very good condition.”

As it relates to the Southern Border: “No we will not close it,” said Trump southern border, “but we invoke a specific provision that will allow us great latitude.”

– Courtney Subramanian and David Jackson

President Donald Trump says he’s calling for Defense Production Act, which allows the government to accelerate and expand the supply of resources. trump does not say specifically what he would execute the power, but the move could allow him to increase the production of respirators and other medical equipment.

Trump declined to say how, exactly, the Defense Production Act will be used and he suggested that the government is still deciding. He said the government has “target” for the equipment it wants but does not say what the target was.

“We need millions of masks,” said Trump. “We need a respirator.”

The announcement came as the White House and Congress negotiate a trillion-dollar economic stimulus plan to combat the effects of the outbreak of coronavirus.

Here’s what else was said at the briefing:

– John Fritze, Courtney Subramanian, David Jackson and Michael Collins

Affairs Veterans Secretary Robert Wilkie said 44 veterans had tested positive for coronavirus and one, in Portland, has died. He said the agency has been tested “several hundred.”

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said it cut back on non-essential medical activities to help respond to the threat of coronavirus. He praised veterans to sacrifice some non-essential treatments to help with efforts

-. John Fritze

President Donald Trump took issue with Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin warning to lawmakers on Tuesday that unemployment could hit 20% unless steps are taken to stimulate the economy.

“I do not agree with it,” said Trump. “It was the absolute worst-case scenario.”

– Michael Collins

Defense Minister Mark Esper said the Pentagon would make 5 million masks available from its own reserves to the Department of Health and Human Services. He said the first million will be available soon.

Esper also said the Defense Department will make available up to 2,000 ventilator operations for HHS required. Two hospital ship, Comfort and Mercy, will be deployed to help with hospital beds. He said the Army Corps of Engineers in New York are meeting with Governor Andrew Cuomo. He said the Defense Department remained “ready and able” to defend the interests of the US and abroad.

– Courtney Subramanian and David Jackson

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the coronavirus White House task force, said Wednesday that health officials are concerned about the reports coming out of France and Italy that young people get sick.

Birx said the reports were alarming because they are most at risk have been elderly or those with other health problems.

He urged the “millennials” to take special precautions. “You have the potential to spread,” he

-. Michael Collins

The Pentagon has confirmed 89 COVID 19 cases among active-duty soldiers, their family members, civilian and contract employees, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

of 89 infected by a virus, 14 have been hospitalized.

virus has forced the cancellation of military exercises around the world, prompted the enhanced screening of troops near one another, including the pilot, and kept separate senior leader for fear of contracting the disease.

reporters the Air Force General David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, said Wednesday that she works from home on Tuesday to reduce the risk.

Travel has been restricted, and only essential personnel for important mission authorized to transfer, especially to or in the countries hardest hit by the disease such as Italy.

Crews are traveling to the air base at Aviano, Italy, stayed on their aircraft as long as possible, and. Saved as isolated as possible when moving to their places at the base, said Goldfein

Air Force “keep them in a bubble,” he

-. Tom Vanden Brook

President Donald Trump said the Department of Housing Urban Development will “suspend foreclosures and evictions” until the end of April. It was not immediately clear whether that would apply to all or only residential housing financed through federal loans supported or subsidized by federal funds.

– John Fritze

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will vote Wednesday on a bill home for workers protected from the crisis coronavirus but said “burden” it places on small businesses should be addressed in the package the next stimulus Senate will take in the next few days.

The House bill, which includes controversial provisions to guarantee sick leave for workers affected by the pandemic, it is expected to pass and be sent to the President of Donald Trump’s expected signature.

Wisconsin GOP Senator Ron Johnson is expected to propose amendments to the House bill that changed the sick leave for unemployment insurance.

McConnell said the House bill would impose a “new mandate that has not been tested on a small business with no guarantee they will have sufficient funds in advance to pay for these benefits for new employees.”

“Everyone agrees that the workers need help … but small businesses need help too,” he said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. ” This is literally the worst time in living memory to heap even more burdens and costs for small businesses that are themselves struggling to stay alive unless we back it up with great assistance “

-. Ledyard King

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said coronavirus latest stimulus plan, details of which are still being negotiated, will not pass the Senate on the weekend u nder the current procedure led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“The Secretary Mnuchin says he wants legislation passed by the end of the week. Process McConnell will not get us there, “he said.

On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters he had divided Republican senators into three working groups that will work with the administration Trump to come up with a Republican plan would support. Schumer, on the contrary, want negotiations between the House, Senate and administration Trump is bipartisan.

“that’s how it works the best, fastest, most fair in the past,” he said, calling the procedure McConnell has outlined as likely to lead to “delay and congestion.”

-Nicholas Wu

President Donald Trump and his aides said Wednesday the United States and Canada are working on a deal to temporarily for discretionary travel to combating the spread of coronavirus.

Trade should not be affected, said Trump.

“We will, by mutual consent, while closing our Northern Border with Kan No to non-essential traffic, “Trump tweeted.” Trade will not be affected. Details to follow “

Canada, which announced the closure of the border this week, has been negotiating with US officials this week for important traffic rules

– !. David Jackson

Coronavirus Task Force will hold a press conference 11:30 am EDT Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in the pandemic.

President Donald Trump also tweeted about the press conference held by the Food and Drug Administration to “discuss the very important message FDA “about coronavirus.

His schedule is packed with meetings to discuss a response to coronavirus. He had a phone call with executives of the airline, the business roundtable teleconference, teleconferencing doctors and nurses directives listed on schedule public

-. Nicholas Wu

the Senate plans to vote Wednesday on a legislative package that would offer billions to improve unemployment insurance, offering free and paid sick and c uti following day the family to America negoti intense negotiations and appeals to lawmakers to quickly approve the legislation.

The bill is expected to pass the Senate and then sent to the President of Donald Trump’s signature. sound comes after Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin explanation Senate Republicans and alleviated some concerns about the consequences sick and family leave could have on small businesses are already feeling the economic impact of the virus.

Mon. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Planning to offer amendments to legislation before the Senate vote on the measure. The change will offer a way to offset the cost of the bill using funds that would “include an end to our decades of involvement in Afghanistan,” his office said in a statement.

Paul offered a similar proposal earlier this month to offset the cost when the Senate took a bill offering about $ 8 billion to state and local entities to prevent the spread of the virus and help boost efforts to create a vaccine. Efforts were shot down by fellow Senate

– Christal Hayes

More :.

More:

Director of the US Office of Personnel Management has resigned, leaving a vacuum lock when the federal employee – such as labor force others around the country – were seized with how to respond to a pandemic coronavirus

OPM said in a statement. body accepted the resignation of Dale Cabaniss, an old Czech President Donald Trump officer named to the post last year.

Cabaniss fought with John McEntee, who Trump named this year to lead the White House personnel office, according to several reports citing unnamed officials. The appointment comes at a time McEntee Trump admits he attempted to increase the White House employees who have proved their loyalty to him.

The federal agency in Washington is expected to remain open Wednesday but provided “Telework maximum flexibility” to qualify the worker for coronavirus. Trump and public health officials have advised Americans to work from home when possible.

– John Fritze

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