Here are only some of the things President Donald Trump has done during a health crisis that’s changed how we interact with our fellow Americans and the world.
In addition to signing legislation to provide $8.3 billion in response to the crisis that began in China and spread across the globe, the president signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to help families and businesses at this crucial time.
President Trump also issued travel restrictions, which critics complained about even as the rest of the world followed suit. He expanded airport travel screenings and closed the borders with Canada and Mexico for non-essential travel. The president also urged Americans to avoid international travel.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expanding testing, and the president signed bills to allow free testing for Americans. States, empowered to authorize tests made and used by their labs, are required to report data to public health officials.
Small businesses have access to disaster loans due to closures.
President Trump called for calm and restraint as Americans stock up on supplies, ensuring the country that he’s working with businesses like grocery stores to keep products on the shelves.
Taxpayers still must filed returns by April 15 but don’t have to pay until July 15 (without penalties and interest). The government also waived interest on government-backed student loans.
The federal government has suspended foreclosures and evictions for Americans with Federal Housing Administration mortgages and provided funding for emergency food aid to seniors, women, children, and low-income families.
The government has mobilized as though for war with the Defense Production Act, increasing productivity, getting supplies to the right place, and easing the financial burden of the crisis. For example, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will buy 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile, and the U.S. Department of Defense will buy five million respirator masks and 2000 ventilators.
The ultimate goal is to help develop a vaccine to combat the pandemic, get Americans back on their feet, financially and health-wise, and setting America on the road to recovery.
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