Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump has officially signed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

Earlier on Friday, the House voted near-unanimously to pass the bill, after the Senate unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday. This legislation will speed up government payments of $1,200 to most Americans and increase jobless benefits to millions of people out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Businesses will get loans, grants, and tax breaks, and it will send billions to states and local governments, as well as the nation’s health care system.

In addition, President Trump signed a memo to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to use authority granted by the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to produce ventilators.

“Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives,” Trump said in a statement.

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