Members of the West Virginia National Guard are assisting other agencies in the state, including the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in addressing logistics related to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak response efforts, Wednesday, March 25. The U.S. has registered 53,740 COVID-19 infections, and 706 deaths, so far.
READ MORE: The U.S. Senate is set Wednesday to vote on a massive $2 trillion economic rescue package, the biggest in American history, to help businesses and most families cope with the economic plight wrought by the deadly coronavirus.
The White House and top congressional leaders reached agreement on the aid in the early hours of Wednesday after days of contentious negotiations.
Assuming Senate passage, the measure would then go to the House of Representatives. But the House is currently out of session, so approval in the chamber would either have to come from “unanimous consent,” with all lawmakers agreeing to its passage, or absent that, lawmakers returning to Washington to vote in the coming days.
“In effect, this is a wartime level of investment into our nation,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “Help is on the way.”