(CNSNews.com) - Despite the empty shelves at many grocery stores across the country, the United States’ “supply lines lines are working pretty well,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“If you go into a lot of grocery stores, there are empty shelves right now. What is the supply line like? Can you guarantee people that they will be able to stay home and feed themselves?” host Margaret Brennan asked.
“Well, I'm going to say yes, knowing there may be some exceptions to this. I've read about some situations where this is a difficulty, but most of our supply lines are working pretty well in the domestic United States. If I may make a point. I mean, there's a huge economic challenge here. Do not get me wrong, a huge economic challenge,” Kudlow said.
“On the other hand, most of America is still working. There was a good story in the journal yesterday about this. Factories are not shutting down across the country, at least not yet,” he said.
When asked when he expects the Senate to vote on the bill that the House passed to provide paid leave and whether the president will sign it, Kudlow said, “Well, it would be a big help. It may not be a perfect bill, but it gets done. Essentially, what we wanted to get done, take care of individuals, people on hourly wages, families, kids home, if your spouse is home. A lot of people may have to stay home in the weeks ahead. We want them to get paid.”
Kudlow said the Senate is going to work on the bill on Monday.
“I hate to predict that legislative calendar, but I think there is an urgency to this, something we've pushed from the very beginning. You know, again, it's about helping families and middle-income- and blue-collar-type folks. They should not be penalized financially, and we don't want to force them to go outdoors when they should be indoors. So I think this would be a big plus, and, yes, I think the Senate will get it done pretty rapidly,” he said.