Proposed coronavirus relief bill has $10.5 billion for Defense Department


WASHINGTON — A proposed $2 trillion emergency relief package to inject cash into the U.S. economy has $10.5 billion for the Defense Department, of which $2.4 billion is to help blunt the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on DoD suppliers. The U.S. Senate and the Trump administration reached a deal March 25 on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A Senate vote was expected late Wednesday night. According to a summary of the bill released March 25 by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the $10.5 billion allocated for DoD includes: $1.45 billion to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on production lines, supply chain, military depots, and labs. $1 billion for the Defense Production Act to increase access to materials necessary for national security and pandemic recovery. $1.8 billion for military health care costs and to procure additional medical equipment; a $1.6 billion for the expansion of military treatment facilities $415 million for the development of vaccines, anti-virals, lab operations and the procurement of diagnostic tests. $627.8 million for the procurement of pharmaceuticals and physical protection equipment. $1.5 billion for emergency deployments of the National Guard. $713.6 million for medical supplies and physical protection equipment on installations and ships. $300 million to procure IT equipment and increase bandwidth $1.1 billion to cover shortfalls in defense private sector care $20 million for the office of the Inspector General for additional personnel to conduct audits and evaluations of COVID-19 emergency funding The bill allows the president to extend the service of senior military officials whose appointments are scheduled to expire during COVID-19 crisis to ensure continuity of senior military leadership. SpaceNews.com (SpaceNews.com) More More

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