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Washington Post 13 Mar 2020

Trump declares national emergency in response to coronavirus


President Trump declared a national emergency in response to coronavirus on March 13, to provide emergency funding to state and local governments.

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Pres. Donald Trump: "To unleash the full power of the federal government... I am officially declaring a national emergency." abcn.ws/2TYW18W
President Trump invoked emergency powers Friday, declaring a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, which will allow more federal aid to flow to states and municipalities.

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-To unleash the full power of the federal government,
through this effort today I am officially
declaring a national emergency.
Two very big words.
The action I am taking will open up access
to up to $50 billion of very important
and a large amount of money for states and territories
and localities in our shared fight against this disease.
In furtherance of the order, I'm urging every state
to set up emergency operation centers effective immediately.
You're going to be hearing from some of the largest companies
and greatest retailers and medical companies in the world.
They're standing right behind me and at side of me.
I'm also asking every hospital in this country
to activate its emergency preparedness plan
so that they can meet the needs of Americans everywhere.
The hospitals are very engaged.
New York and various other places are also very engaged.
I just spoke with Governor Cuomo.
We had a very good conversation.
And we're working very strongly with many states,
including New York.
The emergency orders I am issuing today
will also confer broad new authority
to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The Secretary of HHS will be able to immediately
waive revisions of applicable laws and regulations
to give doctors, hospitals, all hospitals,
that healthcare provider's maximum flexibility
to respond to the virus and care for patients.

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