Last night, House Democrats introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes:

Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured;

Paid emergency leave with both 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave;

Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers;

Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors nutrition and food banks;

Clear protections for frontline workers, including health care workers and other workers who are in contact with those who have been exposed or are responsible for cleaning at-risk places;
Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs.

According to USA Today, Republicans objected to the Democrats’ proposal:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is being brought to the floor less than 24 hours after Democratic leaders unveiled the legislation, a stunningly swift turnaround that indicates Congress’ alarm about an emergency that has so far claimed 38 lives in the U.S., roiled the stock market, prompted a ban on travel from Europe and forced the suspension of the NBA season.

It does not include a payroll tax break that President Donald Trump is calling for. And GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., said the Democratic package “comes up short.”

One of his criticisms is that the way the bill ensures paid sick leave would take months to administer, long after the relief is needed.

Even if it passes the House Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled his opposition to the Families First measure.

“Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s first draft from late last night was off-base,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted. “It does not focus immediate relief on affected Americans. It proposes new bureaucracy that would only delay assistance. It wanders into policy areas that are not related to the pressing issues at hand.”

Trump said Thursday he opposes the bill as well, partly because it doesn’t have the payroll tax cut but also because it includes “goodies” he said Democrats have been trying to get approved for years.

Doesn’t the Bible tell us to feed the hungry and help the sick? Is there anything in the Bible about tax cuts?