Trump to make prime time address on US coronavirus response

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She closed her office and said she and her staff are "self-monitoring and maintaining social distancing practices". "We can not look at it and say, 'Well, there are only a couple of cases here, that's good.' Because a couple of cases today are going to many, many cases tomorrow".

White House officials have also said the administration could undertake executive action to help small businesses and workers, including those who do not receive paid sick leave.

Pence said he did not know whether Trump had been tested. She said Democrats have prepared legislation but they're seeking budget estimates and the advice of legislative counsel and declined to provide a timeline to advance it.

Trump promised Monday to announce "substantial" economic assistance at a news conference on Tuesday, but administration officials have said they're still working out the details.

President Trump, Mr. Mnuchin and Larry Kudlow, the director of the White House National Economic Council, joined Senate Republicans for their weekly policy lunch Tuesday afternoon to gauge whether there is enough support for a payroll-tax cut and other proposals put forward by the president to shore up the economy.

"Other short and long-term reforms that will better prepare us for the next health emergency include guaranteed paid sick leave to slow the spread of infection; universal healthcare so that the sick can afford to seek treatment before they get sicker; and greater investment in public health agencies to more quickly find vaccines and cures", said the groups.

Trump's payroll tax plans were met with scepticism by congressional Republicans, who are anxious that the Government is already running massive debts.

The payroll tax, which is separate from federal income tax, refers to taxes that are dedicated to Social Security and Medicare.

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Some Senate Republicans mentioned a possible deal might embrace $300 billion in payroll tax aid that might assist individuals make hire and mortgage funds, or pay medical payments if members of the family' work hours are lowered throughout the outbreak.

Graham said that his colleagues John Hoeven of North Dakota and James Lankford of Oklahoma suggested a federal bailout for the shale drilling industry, which is under sudden stress due to an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

Over 500 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in 35 states and the District of Columbia, not counting cases stemming from repatriation or contained on a cruise ship that docked in California, Trump administration officials said.

After the meeting, the Republicans were largely in agreement that some sort of economic stimulus is necessary.

"We're looking at a number of measures - remember we have a very strong economy, very low unemployment", he said. "You don't have to be a senior at Cal Tech to figure that out". The world economy's going to take a hit.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. tweeted: "What was glaringly missing from President Trump's press conference was how he is actually going to combat the spread of the coronavirus and keep the American people safe". "I don't think doing this on the monetary side will succeed".

Democrats and some Republicans see a payroll-tax cut as too broad, helping businesses and employees that aren't directly affected by the virus.

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