The Olympics have been postponed for a year, and within the last hour, the Prime Minister of India ordered a lockdown of his entire country of 1.3 billion people. Here in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to tour the Convention Center and Hilton Hotel in Baltimore at this hour. Emergency hospitals are being set up at those locations by the National Guard, in conjunction with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Congress has not yet been able to agree on the third iteration of a stimulus package to prop up the economy in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic. The stock market reacted badly yesterday, even after the Federal Reserve announced it would invest whatever it takes to address mass layoffs and business closures. The S&P Index fell another 3% yesterday, compounding the pain of last week’s 15% plunge. But it opened higher this morning, amid optimism that the Senate will reach a deal by the end of the day today.
Rep. Anthony Brown joins me now to discuss the federal government's response to the pandemic. Congressman Brown has represented Maryland's 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties, since 2017. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Brown was Maryland’s lieutenant governor, under Gov. Martin O’Malley.