Now it’s close to a billion people around the world have been ordered to stay home as officials try to slow the spread of COVID-19. The number of infections has grown to over 300k and now is in 35 countries. All non-essential businesses had been closed, while advising people to remain in their homes while major retail outlets like “Walmart, Amazon, and some others remain open they’re working on limited hours, and outside of the major ones most have a skeleton crew working the shifts.
The number of deaths from the infectious disease has topped 13,000, with more than 4,800 reported in Italy alone. Here in the United States, around 100 million people are dealing with the lockdown. Multiple states, including New York, California, Illinois, and New Jersey, have ordered most businesses to remain closed for at least a month, while many schools and colleges across the nation have been closed.
With more than 27k cases (March 22), politicians are divided over the third part of a massive economic stimulus package. Democrats are concerned that companies that receive bailout money can still fire their employees, and will be able to use the money for stock buybacks.
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to have a bill ready to go by Monday, Democratic leaders left a Sunday morning meeting suggesting they will be introducing their own legislation to counter the Republicans trillion-dollar stimulus package.
COVID-19 hit the Senate on Sunday after Republican Senator Rand Paul confirmed a positive diagnosis in a statement on Twitter.
“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.”
He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.
The president spoke about Senator Paul at his Covid-19 update earlier, and I’d like to join the President in wishing Senator Paul a speedy recovery, and hope we can put an end to this mess in washington, get the bill passed, and the money where it needs to go. Word is the DemocRATS are trying to sneak in funding abortion in the current bill, and if this is indeed what’s holding up the bill from being finalized it shows how low the left will go to get what they want.
The House, and Senate will reconvene Monday, and try and finalized the deal… I shall keep you posted when more becomes clear but as of now this is the latest word.