Room for Plenty of Pork in Stimulus Bill

A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the taxpayer money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked corporate bailouts of the past.

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Has It Come Down to Lives or Money?

The contrast could hardly be more stark. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Trump says the costs of shutting down the economy outweigh the benefits, frequently telling Americans that 35,000 people a year die from the common flu.

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