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MSNBC 25 Mar 2020

Approximately 70M Americans can expect direct payments within 3 weeks

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Kasie Hunt discusses the main takeaways from Treasury Sec. Mnuchin's Wednesday statements.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that coronavirus will alter the American way of life — even in areas of the country that have yet to report cases.
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in the United States, one thing Americans should do is pull apart for a while. Think of it this way, NBC's Harry Smith says: "By staying home you could save a life. And, you know, that feels pretty good."
Health Minister Patty Hajdu is sending a warning to Canadians ignoring social distancing measures, saying it jeopardizes civil liberties and puts lives at risk. She anticipates these measures will last months, stressing 'now is not the time to take your foot off the social distancing measures.'
The federal government has streamlined the COVID-19 emergency benefits program and says Canadians struggling financially can now expect payments within weeks.

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OF HIS -- HE DID HAVE SOME PREPARED REMARKS, ARGUED WITH A
PREPARED REMARKS, ARGUED WITH A REPORTER.
REPORTER. WE DIDN’T GET A LOT OF
WE DIDN’T GET A LOT OF INFORMATION.
INFORMATION. HE DID INDICATE HE WOULD SIGN
HE DID INDICATE HE WOULD SIGN THE STIMULUS BILL, PROBABLY THE
THE STIMULUS BILL, PROBABLY THE BIGGEST PIECE OF INFORMATION IN
BIGGEST PIECE OF INFORMATION IN THE FIRST 35 MINUTES OF THAT
THE FIRST 35 MINUTES OF THAT BRIEFING WAS SIMPLY FROM THE
BRIEFING WAS SIMPLY FROM THE TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE
TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN, WHO SAID IT WILL BE AS
MNUCHIN, WHO SAID IT WILL BE AS SOON AS THREE WEEKS THAT THE
SOON AS THREE WEEKS THAT THE FIRST CHECKS ARE OUT THE DOOR
FIRST CHECKS ARE OUT THE DOOR FOR THOSE DIRECT PAYMENTS AND
FOR THOSE DIRECT PAYMENTS AND THEN JUST NOW, IN THE LAST 25
THEN JUST NOW, IN THE LAST 25 MINUTES, WE GOT A SCIENTIFIC
MINUTES, WE GOT A SCIENTIFIC UPDATE, IF YOU WILL, FROM DRS.
UPDATE, IF YOU WILL, FROM DRS. BIRX AND FAUCI THERE.
BIRX AND FAUCI THERE. AND YOU CAN HEAR SOME GREEN
AND YOU CAN HEAR SOME GREEN SHOOTS FROM DR. BIRX ABOUT WHAT
SHOOTS FROM DR. BIRX ABOUT WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN NEW YORK AND
WE’RE SEEING IN NEW YORK AND THAT’S ABOUT IT.
THAT’S ABOUT IT. AND ESSENTIALLY A SOBER WARNING
AND ESSENTIALLY A SOBER WARNING FROM DR. FAUCI THAT THIS MAY BE
FROM DR. FAUCI THAT THIS MAY BE A SEASONAL IMPACT, MEANING IT
A SEASONAL IMPACT, MEANING IT COULD HIT US HARD AGAIN THE
COULD HIT US HARD AGAIN THE SECOND TIME AROUND, IF THEN THE
SECOND TIME AROUND, IF THEN THE KASIE HUNT IS WITH ME, ALSO IS
KASIE HUNT IS WITH ME, ALSO IS ME IS OUR VIROLOGIST AND MSNBC
ME IS OUR VIROLOGIST AND MSNBC SCIENCE CONTRIBUTOR.
SCIENCE CONTRIBUTOR. KASIE, IT’S SIGNIFICANT THE
KASIE, IT’S SIGNIFICANT THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WOULD SIGN IT.
PRESIDENT SAID HE WOULD SIGN IT. MNUCHIN ON THE CHECKS.
MNUCHIN ON THE CHECKS. HE MADE A VERY IMPORTANT
HE MADE A VERY IMPORTANT ADDENDUM.
ADDENDUM. IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT
IF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT ALREADY KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE AND
ALREADY KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE AND HAS YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
HAS YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION.
INFORMATION. >> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, CHUCK.
>> YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, CHUCK. AND WE’VE ACTUALLY BEEN
AND WE’VE ACTUALLY BEEN REPORTING ON THIS ALL THROUGH
REPORTING ON THIS ALL THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.
THE AFTERNOON. THERE WAS A BACKGROUND CALL WITH
THERE WAS A BACKGROUND CALL WITH THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND
THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND WE WERE TRYING TO NAIL DOWN
WE WERE TRYING TO NAIL DOWN THESE DETAILS.
THESE DETAILS. AND I THINK THIS IS WHAT
AND I THINK THIS IS WHAT AMERICANS ARE MOST FOCUSED ON.
AMERICANS ARE MOST FOCUSED ON. SO IF YOU HAVE FILED TAX RETURNS
SO IF YOU HAVE FILED TAX RETURNS FOR 2018 OR FOR THIS YEAR, 2019,
FOR 2018 OR FOR THIS YEAR, 2019, AND YOU GOT YOUR REFUND VIA
AND YOU GOT YOUR REFUND VIA DIRECT DEPOSIT, YOU ARE IN THIS
DIRECT DEPOSIT, YOU ARE IN THIS CATEGORY OF PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN
CATEGORY OF PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN HIT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
HIT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO AS SOON AS YOU GO IN THERE,
SO AS SOON AS YOU GO IN THERE, MAKE THAT CLAIM, IF THEY’VE GOT
MAKE THAT CLAIM, IF THEY’VE GOT YOUR BANK INFORMATION ON FILE,
YOUR BANK INFORMATION ON FILE, THEY THINK THEY CAN GET THAT OUT
THEY THINK THEY CAN GET THAT OUT THE DOOR IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS
THE DOOR IN ABOUT THREE WEEKS AFTER THIS IS SIGNED.
AFTER THIS IS SIGNED. THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR WHAT THEY
THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR WHAT THEY THINK WILL BE 50% OF AMERICANS
THINK WILL BE 50% OF AMERICANS ELIGIBLE FOR THESE DETECT
ELIGIBLE FOR THESE DETECT PAYMENTSDIRECT
PAYMENTSDIRECT PAYMENTS, PERHAPS AS MANY AS 70
PAYMENTS, PERHAPS AS MANY AS 70 MILLION PEOPLE.
MILLION PEOPLE. IT WILL BE A LITTLE TRICKIER IF
IT WILL BE A LITTLE TRICKIER IF THEY DON’T HAVE THAT INFORMATION
THEY DON’T HAVE THAT INFORMATION ON FILE.
ON FILE. THAT COULD TAKE POTENTIALLY
THAT COULD TAKE POTENTIALLY WEEKS.
WEEKS. AND THAT’S AN AREA OF CONCERN,
AND THAT’S AN AREA OF CONCERN, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF
BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO MAYBE
PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO MAYBE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT BANK
DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT BANK ACCOUNT TO GET THIS ALL SET UP.
ACCOUNT TO GET THIS ALL SET UP. THAT COULD TAKE MORE MONTHS.
THAT COULD TAKE MORE MONTHS. BUT MNUCHIN DOES HAVE THE
BUT MNUCHIN DOES HAVE THE ABILITY TO PERHAPS SEND PEOPLE
ABILITY TO PERHAPS SEND PEOPLE DEBIT CARDS, THAT’S ONE OPTION
DEBIT CARDS, THAT’S ONE OPTION THEY’RE LOOKING AT TO TRY TO GET
THEY’RE LOOKING AT TO TRY TO GET TO THOSE PEOPLE.
TO THOSE PEOPLE. I THINK THE CHALLENGE IS A
I THINK THE CHALLENGE IS A LOGISTICAL ONE.
LOGISTICAL ONE. THE GOAL HERE, AND FRANKLY, THE
THE GOAL HERE, AND FRANKLY, THE PRESIDENT REALLY UNDERSCORED
PRESIDENT REALLY UNDERSCORED THIS FOR ME, CHUCK, HE DEFENDED
THIS FOR ME, CHUCK, HE DEFENDED THE $25 MILLION THEY’RE GOING TO
THE $25 MILLION THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE TO THE KENNEDY CENTER, HE
GIVE TO THE KENNEDY CENTER, HE TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT, HE
TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT, HE SAID, YES, I ABSOLUTELY WANT TO
SAID, YES, I ABSOLUTELY WANT TO DO THAT, THAT’S SOMETHING SOME
DO THAT, THAT’S SOMETHING SOME CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN CRITICAL
CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF.
OF. YOU GET A SENSE OF HOW URGENTLY

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