In the early hours of Wednesday morning, U.S. Senate leaders announced that they had reached a bipartisan agreement on a $2 trillion economic stimulus package. The goal of the legislation is to get emergency financial relief to businesses, workers, and a health care system upturned by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the largest economic rescue measure in U.S. history.
At the same time, a coalition of 16 attorneys general is urging President Trump to use the Defense Production Act to boost the supply of masks and respirators, saying first responders "need resources now."
Stateside spoke with Republican Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6th District) about what Michiganders can expect from the bill and the federal government’s role in increasing the supply of critical medical equipment.