There may be a fourth-round stimulus bill coming up as the fight against the effects of the novel coronavirus continues to slam the United States, according to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway.
“Actually, the president just broached that in response to a very specific question he got from one of the state leaders,” Conway told Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime” host Harris Faulkner, referring to Thursday’s conference call between President Donald Trump and the nation’s governors. “I’m sure the White House will put out a readout. This is the third of three in very quick succession packages coming out in a bicameral, bipartisan way. If this reaches the president’s desk tomorrow, Harris, as we expect it will, he will sign it and the implantation begins.”
The White House recognizes that the money coming to individual Americans may not be enough, but “we stand ready to continue giving that relief to American workers, individuals, and industries that are in specific distress,” said Conway.
At the same time, the White House wants to emphasize that the crisis is a medical one, not a financial one, and Trump has said the data will be followed when it comes to making a decision to turn back on the American economy.
Meanwhile, the record-setting 3.3 million unemployment claims reported Thursday were “shocking but not surprising,” Conway said. “Everybody warned us it would be this bad. Externally unprecedented times yield unprecedented numbers like this.”
Conway also reported on the equipment shortages being reported in the nation’s hospitals, saying the entire administration has been working around the clock to respond to the emergency.
“I just heard (FEMA) Administrator Pete Gaynor tell the nation’s governors and mayors and territory and tribal leaders that FEMA is there, but first your local counties and cities have to go to the state…he made clear we are acquiring supplies overseas, we are acquiring supplies from state to state.”