The novel coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the globe and in the United States, reaching more than 41,700 cases domestically and roughly 500 deaths.

The federal government has been rolling out its response to the virus and efforts to stem the tide as well as to stimulate the economy, which has taken a severe hit.

Here are the latest developments n the government response

  • It’s day eight of the White House’s 15-day guidelines to slow the spread
  • Pence says CDC to issue guidance regarding allowing people exposed to COVID-19 return to work sooner by wearing a mask
  • The Senate reconvenes on an economic stimulus package with a test vote after increasing bitter negotiations
  • At least three members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19
  • The White House coronavirus task force is scheduled is give a briefing at 5:30 p.m.
  • Here is how developments unfolded on Monday.

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    State of the stimulus package: Democrats block vote, negotiations continue

    While negotiations for the economic stimulus package continue behind closed doors, Democrats have successfully blocked, for a second time in 24 hours, the GOP-backed “phase three” $2 trillion coronavirus relief measure in its current form.

    The Senate could still vote on its final passage later Monday.

    “Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the Green New Deal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Monday.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stressed he is continuing negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in hopes to secure a deal “today” — as long as worker protections are included and a $500 billion fund for corporations has more oversight.

    Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin also took a moment to urge senators to support remote voting, saying, “We know better.”

    Pelosi introduces the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act

    While negotiations continue on the Senate bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled her own economic stimulus proposal, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, Monday afternoon on Capitol Hill.

    “The Senate Republican bill put corporations first, but because of the insistence of Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats progress has been made. We urge the Senate to move closer to the values in the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act,” the California Democrat said.

    Asked about the possibility of returning to Washington for votes, Pelosi said, “That is our hope, yes, but we’ll see what the Senate does, too.”

    House Democrats are slated to discuss the path forward on a caucus conference call Tuesday afternoon, according to a senior Democratic aide.

    Trump continues to push drug not approved by FDA to treat COVID-19

    President Trump has again pushed hydroxychloroquine in a tweet that reads, “A great early result from a drug that will start tomorrow in New York and other places! #COVID-19”

    In the tweet, he also shared an article from the New York Post with the headline: “Florida man with coronavirus says drug touted by Trump saved his life.”

    The article is about a man who asked for and received hydroxychloroquine and — according to that man’s reported account — seems to have recovered from COVID-19 because of it. However, the article also notes some troubling side effects he seems to have suffered after taking the drug including heart palpitations and difficulty breathing.

    No drug has been approved for wider use against COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration continues to look at a range of drugs already on the market.

    Public health experts warn that Trump’s claims may inflate the drug’s price and make it difficult for those who need it to fight malaria to obtain it.

    Kudlow signals ‘tradeoffs’ to keep economy afloat

    President Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, appeared on Fox News and signaled the administration was partial to “tradeoffs” to keep the economy going.

    The anchor asked Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, about Trump’s tweet: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”

    “We’re going to have to try to do that,” Kudlow said. “We can’t shutter the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great.”

    Adding that he spoke about the subject with Trump “late last evening,” Kudlow said, “Let’s give it another week.”

    “The president was right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs.”

    He also said he was stunned at Democrats not approving of the latest stimulus package.

    “I just can’t believe that the other side of the aisle won’t help us on this.”

    Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announces her husband has tested positive for COVID-19

    Minnesota senator and former presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has announced in a statement that her husband, John Bessler, received positive coronavirus test results Monday morning.

    “He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person,” she wrote. “I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease.”

    Bessler waited five days for the test results, Klobuchar said on a press call with a vote-by-mail advocacy group.

    The Minnesota senator said they have not seen either other for 14 days, so she is not taking a test or self-quarantining.

    Trump appears to signal his 15-day guidelines may not be worth the economic impact

    Eight days into the White House’s 15-day guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump appears to signal that the measures taken to flatten the curve — and possibly extending them — could be worse than the virus itself.


    While public health experts hail the effectiveness of the guidelines at slowing the spread of the disease, some conservatives argue that the economic impacts of COVID-19 have become too severe.

    The president fired off a number of retweets Monday morning supporting the idea that the economic costs of extending the strict social distancing guidance beyond the fifteen-day period could outweigh the public health benefit of continuing.

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams, meanwhile, said on NBC: “I want America to understand — this week, it’s going to get bad. And we really need to come together as a nation … So we really, really need everyone to stay at home.”

    Over the weekend, the president provided little indication of what he plans to do at the end of the 15-day period when questioned about it at two press briefings.

    He said on Sunday, “I hope we won’t have to” extend the guidance but that “It is possible” he will.

    On Saturday, he would only say, “We have to see what the result is” at the end of the 15 days: “We want to flatten that out and we’re going to see what the result is.”

    State of the stimulus package: Negotiations still underway, senator tests positive for COVID-19

    Lawmakers and Trump administration officials were unable to come to an agreement Sunday night on the nearly $2 trillion stimulus package meant to serve as a lifeline for Americans and businesses as the coronavirus continues to hold the economy in a virtual standstill.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin previously set Monday as the deadline to have “phase three” passed and on the president’s desk — but negotiations stalled out after Democrats voted unanimously Sunday night against starting debate on the Senate floor — sending leadership back to the drawing board.

    Democrats say the legislation doesn’t do enough for small businesses while giving Mnuchin a “slush fund” with little oversight, while Republicans argue urgency in its passing which includes a measure to send $1200 relief checks directly to some Americans.

    As negotiations continue Monday, so does the risk of the virus spreading across Capitol Hill. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the first Senator to announce he tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, after he interacted with several lawmakers and used the Senate gym in the last week.

    Paul’s announcement prompted Utah Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee to self-quarantine, bringing the number of sidelined senators to five and the balance in the Senate to a near even split: 48 GOP — 47 Democrats.

    Trump says Japan PM will guide U.S. on its 2020 Olympics decision

    While Japan now weighs the possibility of postponing the summer Olympic games, President Trump this morning tweets that the U.S. “will be guided by the wishes of Prime Minister Abe.”

    The president’s tweet comes after Canada announced they will not be sending athletes to the games this summer and after Australia told its athletes to “prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021.”

    Trump, by contrast, is deferring to the Prime Minister of Japan to make a decision about what’s best for the U.S. team.

    What to know about coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: coronavirus map
  • ABC News’ Ben Gittleson, Jordyn Phelps, John Parkinson and Trish Turner contributed to this report.

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