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Trump Invokes Defense Production Act to Force GM to Make Ventilators Quicker

President Donald Trump has authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to move faster on a government contract to produce ventilators that help patients with acute symptoms of the CCP virus to breathe. GM said its been working “around the clock.” The CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, infected over 100,000 in the United States and killed 1,544 by March 27, according to data on confirmed cases. The Epoch Times calls it the CCP virus as it was allowed to spread around the world due to the coverup and mismanagement by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators,” Trump said in a March 27 statement. “Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but ou..

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Over 200 Military Medical Students to Graduate Early to Support Pandemic Response

More than 200 military doctors and nurses are permitted to graduate early from the Defense Departments premiere medical school to assist the U.S. militarys effort against the ongoing pandemic. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), which is based in Bethesda, Maryland, announced Thursday that it will award degrees to its fourth-year medical school students and graduate-level nurses on April 1, six weeks ahead of their normal graduation date. The students, who are all active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service, will have to meet all graduating requirements before receiving their degrees and being reassigned by their respective services. The officers include physicians, family, mental health, and womens health nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. USU president Richard Thomas said the decision was made when President Donald Trump declared a national emergency ear..

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Kentucky Congressman Explains Why He Tried to Force Expanded Vote on Relief Bill

The Congressman who tried to force expanded voting on the COVID-19 relief bill ahead of the House vote Friday said he was driven by respect for process and desire for congressional accountability, and explained his reasoning in a series of statements. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) said he insisted on a roll-call vote on the bill because he wanted a clear record of accountability for House members. “Its pretty clear now, with enough members here to pass the bill, that Pelosi and McCarthy are still working together to block a recorded vote just to insulate members of Congress from ACCOUNTABILITY,” Massie wrote. “Biggest spending bill in the history of mankind, and no recorded vote? #SWAMP,” he added, in an apparent reference to critics of Washington politics who decry it as corrupt and lacking in transparency. In remarks to C-SPAN, Massie said “theres a big cover-up in there.” “Theyre trying to cover up their votes,” he said in response to a reporters question about what type of cover-..

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Texas Attorney General: Local Governments Must Allow Sale of Guns

Local governments must allow the sale of guns even during a pandemic, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a legal opinion issued on Friday. Emergency powers cannot be used to regulate or restrict the sale of firearms, according to the states top law enforcement official. “State law provides several emergency powers to local governments to control movement within their region during a disaster, which serves our communities well during public health events like the one were fighting now. However, local regulation of the sale, possession, and ownership of firearms is specifically prohibited under Texas law,” Paxton said in a statement. “Under our laws, every Texan retains their right to purchase and possess firearms.” Paxtons legal opinion (pdf) was in response to Republican state Rep. Dustin Burrows, who earlier in the week asked Paxton if gun stores could fit under the label of essential businesses. An employee stands at the entrance to a guns shop in Culver City, Calif., on..

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House Approves $2.2 Trillion CCP Virus Relief Bill, Trump Poised to Sign

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a $2.2 trillion CCP virus relief bill, two days after the Senate passed the measure. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised the package, is expected to sign it later today. Despite support from both parties, drama unfolded in Washington because Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) announced his intention to try to force expanded voting on the bill. His call for a recorded vote failed because of insufficient support and a subsequent call for a quorum failed because a majority of lawmakers were already present after members flew in across the country following word of Massies attempt late Thursday. The package was thus passed on voice vote, with the ayes outnumbering the nays. In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol after he blocked a unanimous consent vote on a long-awaited hurricane disaster aid bill in the chamber. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo) Massie said he wanted to mak..

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Representative to Try to Force Expanded Vote on Virus Relief Package

A member of the House of Representatives confirmed on Friday morning that he would try to force an expanded vote on the CCP virus relief package passed by the Senate earlier this week. “In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing yes or no or present,'” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) wrote on Twitter. Noting that some Americans in crucial industries such as grocery clerks, delivery drivers, and healthcare professionals are still going to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massie added: “Is it too much to ask that the House do its job, just like the Senate did?” Massies move would force the House to wait until a quorum, or majority, of lawmakers are present. In the House currently, thats 216 members. A voice vote was planned, which would have allowed the House to pass the bill even without a majority of members being present. A similar situation unfolded in 1918 during the Spanish flu. A call for a quorum caused..

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CNN to Air Joe Bidens Town Hall on Pandemic

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads the Democrat field of 2020 presidential hopefuls, will take part in a televised CNN town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an announcement by the network, the hour-long event will take place on Friday and will “feature questions submitted by individuals living in some of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus.” The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide. Biden will stream the event from his home studio in Delaware, while CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will moderate. Former Vice President Joe Biden leaves the lectern after delivering remarks about the COVID-19 outbreak, in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The former vice president has been critical of the Trump administrations response to the..

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Trump Signs Largest Stimulus Bill in Modern US History

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill meant to fuel the fight against the CCP virus pandemic and sustain the hard-hit economy as the nation takes drastic measures to stop the spread of the disease. Prior to signing the bill, Trump called the stimulus package “historic.” The unprecedented measure is the largest stimulus package in the nations modern history. “This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nations families, workers and businesses and thats what this is all about,” Trump said. The president thanked Republicans and Democrats for “coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first.” The stimulus package includes direct payments of $1,200 to most Americans and jobless benefits to millions who have lost jobs. Companies of all sizes will get loans, grants, and tax breaks. The measure includes billions for states and cities as well as the healthcare system. The House of Representatives passed the bill on a voice vo..

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Washington Set to Deliver $2.2 Trillion CCP Virus Rescue Bill

WASHINGTON—With rare bipartisanship and speed, Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to people and businesses as the CCP virus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system. The House is set to pass the sprawling $2.2 trillion measure on Friday morning after an extraordinary 96-0 Senate vote late Wednesday. President Donald Trump marveled at the unanimity Thursday and is eager to sign the package into law. The relief can hardly come soon enough. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the economy “may well be in recession” already, and the government reported a shocking 3.3 million burst of weekly jobless claims, more than four times the previous record. The U.S. death toll has surpassed 1,200 from the virus. The legislation will pour $1,200 direct payments to individuals and a flood of subsidized loans, grants, and tax breaks to businesses facing extinction in an economic shutdown caused as Americ..

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Trump Says He Has Doubts About Chinas Official Virus Data

President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his doubts about the number of COVID-19 cases being reported by the Chinese Communist Partys (CCP) in its official data that is quoted around the world. “You dont know what the numbers are in China,” the president said when asked by a reporter whether he was surprised that the United States has surpassed China in the number of cases of the CCP virus. The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide. A tracking map published by Johns Hopkins University currently shows that the United States has 83,507 confirmed cases, compared to China which has an official confirmed case total of 81,782. Trump said that he thinks the increase in cases being reported in the United States is “a tribute to the testing—were testing tremendous numbers of people … Wer..

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