Trump touts coronavirus response bill: 'Good teamwork'

Trump touts coronavirus response bill: 'Good teamwork'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE on Saturday touted the coronavirus response bill the House passed hours earlier, underscoring the bipartisan support behind the legislation.

“Good teamwork between Republicans & Democrats as the House passes the big CoronaVirus Relief Bill. People really pulled together. Nice to see!” Trump tweeted.


The House passed the stimulus package in a 363-40 vote early Saturday morning. The legislation, which is intended to blunt the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, includes provisions for paid sick or family leave and unemployment insurance. It also guarantees that all Americans can get free diagnostic testing for the illness.

The vote came after hours of speculation over whether Trump would support the bill. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers On the Money: Pelosi draws line at .2T | Jobless claims dip | Swing-state jobless numbers an issue for Trump MORE had spoken more than a dozen times on Friday alone to try to hammer out a deal, but the president did not publicly throw his support behind the package until Friday evening, after Pelosi announced that she and the administration had come to an accord.

The Senate is expected to take up the legislation sometime next week, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) saying that “senators will need to carefully review the version just passed by the House.”


However, the bill’s passage in the House by such a large margin suggests that the legislation should pass through the Senate next week. 

“So I think they will look a lot based upon how we vote, and they'll be studying the bill as well,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (R-Calif.). “But I do believe it will get through, as the president says he wants to sign it.”

Trump and Pelosi struck a deal on the coronavirus response package after the president on Friday afternoon declared a national emergency over the spreading virus, opening up billions of dollars in federal disaster relief money to respond to the crisis.

The president on Saturday also touted the previous day's stock market rally, with stocks posting their biggest one-day gain since 2008, ending a crushing week of losses.

Stocks rallied after Trump, public health officials and corporate CEOs discussed the next phase of the U.S. response to the pandemic during a White House press conference shortly before markets closed.