Indianapolis March 27, 2020 – Behind his desk in the Oval Office of the White House today, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the single-biggest economic relief package in American history bill, H.R. 748, the CARES Act.
Joining POTUS at today’s signing ceremony were Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury, Secretary Sonny Perdue, Department of Agriculture, Secretary Eugene Scalia, Department of Labor, Secretary Elaine Chao, Department of Transportation, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, Trade Representative, Larry Kudlow, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council, Eric Ueland, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader, Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CAL), House Minority Leader, Rep. Kevin Brady, (R-TX), Rep. Greg Walden, (R-OR), Rep. Steve Chabot, (R-OH), Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES Act,” provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides emergency appropriations to support Executive Branch agency operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Full video of signing ceremony:
(courtesy of White House YouTube)
Full remarks of signing ceremony can be found here
(courtesy of whitehouse.gov)
Quotes from signing ceremony:
POTUS: “I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first.”
On masks, POTUS said they would be “making them by the thousands per week.”
VP Pence: “Today, every American family, every American business can know that help is on the way.”
Before signing, POTUS reflected on how fast the coronavirus changed life in the U.S. and the world.
POTUS: “We got hit by the invisible enemy and we got hit hard.” Trump said the economy would come roaring back. “I think we are going to have a tremendous rebound.” And he added, “I never signed anything with a T on it.”
POTUS: “This is a very important day. I’ve signed the single biggest economic relief package in American history and, I must say, any other package by the way. It is twice as large as any relief ever signed.”
“This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation’s families, workers and businesses. That’s what this is all about.”
“I want to thank Republicans and Democrats for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first.”
Regarding the to-be-announced deal for more equipment such as ventilators and masks, President Trump stated: “We have tremendous supplies coming into the stockpile. And you will be seeing that and hearing about that because we will be doing a news conference at 5:30 on what’s happening. We have had tremendous results on the respirators. We’ve had great results on just about everything we’re talking about. Boeing just announced they will be making the plastic face shields, which are hard to come by. They are going to be making them by the thousands per week.”
He also added that acquiring ventilators will be the “most difficult because it is like building a car. We will be announcing that thousands will be built and we have them under contract and we have fast deliveries.”
(all courtesy of Public Pool)