President Donald Trump has just unveiled his newest plan in the fight against the coronavirus.
According to the Daily Caller, President Trump on Friday announced that a $19 billion relief program has been set up to help the agricultural industry.
That should help
It is no secret that the American economy has virtually collapsed over the past couple of months because of the coronavirus. Farmers and ranchers, in particular, have been hit hard.
For this reason, President Trump has signed off on what is being called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which has $19 billion in funds.
It is being reported that the first $16 billion will be distributed as direct payments to farmers throughout the country. Then, the remaining $3 billion will be spent on dairy, produce, and meat products.
As the Daily Caller reports, the $19 billion will not be enough to get farmers out of the hole that the coronavirus has put them in. But it will provide some relief until July when the Trump administration is planning to take further steps to help turn the economy back around.
Time to restart
This all came the day after President Trump revealed his Opening Up America Again plan.
“America wants to be open, and Americans want to be open,” Trump said. “Based on the latest data, our team of experts agree we can start the next front in our war, which we are calling Opening Up America Again, and that is what we are doing, opening up our country, and we have to do that.”
The Opening Up America Again plan is a set of guidelines for officials to follow in opening back up their states. It is a three-phase plan that gives local governments the ability to tailor the reopening process.
“Governors will be empowered to tailor an approach that needs the diverse circumstances of their own states,” Trump said. “Every state is very different. If they need to remain closed, we will allow them to do that, and if they believe it is time to reopen, we will provide them the freedom and guidance to accomplish that task and very, very quickly.”
According to the guidelines, some states — those showing a downward trend in coronavirus cases — will be able to reopen bars, restaurants, theaters, workplaces, gyms, and sporting centers as early as the beginning of May.
It’s about time!