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Chapter : COVID-19: CDC, President, and Congress Act in Response to Virus : February 26, March 9, and March 27, 2020
COVID-19: CDC, President, and Congress Act in Response to Virus : February 26, March 9, and March 27, 2020
Federal response to COVID-19 initially centered on keeping foreigners from certain countries from entering the United States. However, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified community spread of the virus, federal agencies began to rapidly act and issued guidelines and recommendations on how Americans could protect themselves. On Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans worked together to develop the largest ever economic stimulus package to help individuals, small businesses, and governments overcome the situation. The White House, despite declaring a national emergency, continued to downplay the virus with ...