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1 Senate, White House Agree On $2-Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package

The Senate and the Trump administration have a deal for a two-trillion dollar coronavirus economic stimulus package. The White House announced the deal around 2am Eastern this morning. The agreement came after five straight days of intense negotiations – and plenty of public shaming – about a bill that will provide relief for businesses, laid-off workers, and families. It's estimated that more than half the people in the U.S. are under some form of shelter-in-place and non-essential business closure orders from state and local governments. And while we wait to see what’s actually in the deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a victory lap...and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the bill amounts to “unemployment compensation on steroids.”

2 Trump Wants "Re-Opening" In April, Then Steps Back

President Trump is very optimistic about putting a lid on the coronavirus crisis. During a "virtual town hall" on Fox News, Trump said he would love to see the U.S. fully functional again by Easter. He called it "absolutely possible" and argued that the U.S. is "not built to be shut down." Trump went on to defend his comment that he “doesn't want the coronavirus cure to be worse than the problem.” He has suggested easing national guidelines on social distancing...and said the guidelines are being assessed and argued that a country could be destroyed by "closing it down." And while Trump reiterated that notion later during a press conference, he also hedged a bit. “I think that would be a great thing for our country, and we’re all working very hard to make that a reality,” he offered. “We’ll be meeting with a lot of people to see if it can be done.” How does Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, feel about that? Guarded. “You can look at a date, but you’ve got to be very flexible and on a literally day-by-day and week-by-week basis,” Fauci offered. “You need to evaluate the feasibility of what you’re trying to do.”

3 2nd San Antonio Coronavirus Death Reported

A second person has now died from coronavirus in San Antonio. The woman in her 40's died at University Hospital. Although the woman has not been identified, St. Luke’s Catholic Church officials say the woman was an employee there. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said, "I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the family of the St. Luke’s employee who has passed away after being diagnosed with COVID-19. We know that God is always with us, even in these dark times of suffering, The Lord is our strength and our salvation. The St. Luke’s Church and School community are in mourning with this devastating loss, and I and the archdiocese will raise them up in prayer as we seek the Lord in overcoming these present struggles. Our shared faith in Christ will see us through. Pray. Pray. Pray.”

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