Katherine Gypson is a reporter for VOA’s News Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining VOA in 2013, Katherine produced documentary and public affairs programming in Afghanistan, Tunisia and Turkey. She also produced and co-wrote a 12-episode road-trip series for Pakistani television exploring the United States during the 2012 presidential election. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from American University. Follow her @kgyp
The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package – the biggest economic assistance package in U.S. history – will likely not be enough to save many small business owners struggling through quarantine and shelter-in-place orders. Those shutdowns are a particular problem across rural areas of the United States – where long distances between towns mean the apps and delivery services keeping small businesses open in the cities simply don’t work. VOA’s Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson reports.
Package frees up payments of up to $1,200 to millions of Americans, bolsters unemployment benefits, offers loans, grants and tax breaks to businesses large and small and flushes billions more to states
Senate minority leader says legislation 'could make the difference in the next few months between putting food on the table and going hungry, between surviving this period of unemployment and financial ruin'
With factories, businesses, restaurants and schools shutting down and entire industries in shambles, workers are facing layoffs, cutbacks in hours or having to make the difficult choice of working while ill
Two of the most populous states in America are now shutting down all non-essential activities. Those announcements happened as the Trump administration works to overcome a slow response to the public health crisis and lawmakers race to reach a deal that will prop up the struggling US economy. VOA’s Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has the latest.