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Whitehouse considers more coronavirus aid

11 May 2020 12:40 PM

Officials said on Sunday that the White House has started informal talks with Republicans and Democrats in Congress on what should be included in another round of legislation to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus, while expecting more US job losses in coming months.

President Donald Trump’s administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlowe, said they are in discussions with lawmakers on issues including potential assistance to states whose funding was destroyed by the epidemic.

Another White House economic adviser said future legislation could include food aid for hungry Americans amid widespread job losses.

Since early March, Congress has passed laws allocating $3 trillion to fight the epidemic, including taxpayer money for individuals and companies to mitigate the economic impact that includes an unprecedented 14.7% unemployment rate in April, not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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