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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The U.S. Senate narrowly passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Saturday, with both of Minnesota’s Democratic senators voting in favor. The bill, called the American Rescue Plan, passed 50-49 along party lines, as GOP Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska left due to a family emergency. The bill includes a provision which provides $1,400 in direct checks to those making under $75,000. It also includes weekly $300 unemployment checks, and no change to the federal minimum wage. READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 12 Deaths, 975 Cases Reported Saturday; 1M Have Received At Least One Vaccine Dose The legislation heads back to the House; if it is approved, Biden will then sign it. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said “help is on the way” for workers, small families, and businesses which have suffered due to the virus. We just passed the pandemic relief bill! Americans need help now...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) walk following a press conference on an agreement of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) aid package on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. December 20, 2020.Ken Cedeno | Reuters The Senate passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Saturday as Democrats rush to send out a fresh round of aid they say will bolster the country through the final stages of the pandemic. The chamber approved the plan in a party line vote as Republicans questioned the need for another broad spending package. The Democratic-held House aims to pass the bill in the coming days and send it to President Joe Biden for his signature before a March 14 deadline to renew unemployment aid programs. The legislation includes direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans, a $300 weekly boost to jobless benefits into...
    The Senate is gearing up for a marathon voting session on Thursday for President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill as the Capitol remains on high alert for potential unrest from Trump supporters. And Vice President Kamala Harris may need to be on hand to break any ties in the evenly-divided 50-50 chamber. Senators may have a late night ahead of them as a series of amendments are expected to be offered to the legislation and it remains unclear when there will be a final vote on the thirteen figure package.   Meanwhile, the House of Representatives canceled its votes scheduled for Thursday after U.S. Capitol Police revealed it has received intelligence reports that indicated 'a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group.' 'The decision was made that it was possible to finish all of the House's legislative work for the week tonight,' said the office of...
    Senate Republicans are taking on a risky strategy to use all the procedural tactics at their disposal to delay President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s popular $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package as long as possible in hopes that they can turn public opinion against the legislation. Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief vote MORE (R-Wis.), a staunch ally of former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE, is leading the resistance...
    Over the last year, Congress has come together five times to pass massive, bipartisan bills totaling roughly $4 trillion in relief measures to help American families and businesses weather the pandemic.  This bipartisan approach has been constructive, and recent economic projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provide proof of their effectiveness.  The CBO estimates that already-enacted pandemic-related provisions, built upon the strong fiscal policy foundation we already had in place, will provide a robust economic recovery, with growth of 3.7 percent over the course of 2021.  We should be encouraged by this, as well as the success of Operation Warp Speed and vaccine distribution underway, and look to fill in any gaps in the response instead of just piling more taxpayer dollars on yet-to-be-depleted programs. It is disappointing that the new Democratic Senate Majority has decided to move forward with a budget resolution to quickly pass proposals that have failed...
    The coronavirus relief package is a "fraud" because it includes measures that go beyond the scope of providing aid to Americans that struggled during the pandemic, Sen. Marc Rubio said on Wednesday. "They did the trick. It's called the Washington special, right? You put out a bill, you call it COVID relief, and people that are on their way to work, what they hear on the news is $1.9 trillion in COVID relief. And people are like, OK, that's good because we need relief and $1.9 trillion is a lot of money and so forth. The problem is that's not what the bill is," Rubio, R-Fla., told "Fox & Friends." "That's what the packaging is. But on the inside, it's all kinds of other things," Rubio said.  SENATE GOP SLAMS COVID RELIEF BILL'S 'PRICEY PARTISAN PET PROJECTS' VideoSenate Republicans are slamming what they call the "pricy partisan pet projects" and "Democratic wish list items"...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF/AP) — Funding for a South Bay BART extension project has been dropped from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package being debated in the U.S. Senate after it came under fire from Republican lawmakers. San José Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a Wednesday morning news release that the funds were needed to complete a “ring of rail” around the Bay Area. Currently, BART connects East Bay communities, San Francisco, the San Francisco Peninsula and San Francisco International Airport. READ MORE: EDD Fraud: Feds Indict 2 In State Prison Scam To Rip Off EDD Benefits The commuter rail line has also been expanded in the last decade to the Warm Springs/South Fremont, Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose stations. The funding would have helped with the expansion of the rail lines into San Jose. “While disappointing, I want to thank our Congressional delegation for their championing of the BART...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Saturday morning, the US House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, but the bill did not pass with bipartisan support. President Joe Biden said, “We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly, and boldly, we can finally get ahead of this virus.” READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine Joining In The Fight Against Global Pandemic President Biden praised the House for passing the bill and calling on the Senate to take quick action. “We can finally get our economy moving again. And the people of this country have suffered far too much for too long. We need to relieve that suffering. The American rescue plan does just that it relieves the suffering and it’s time to act,” said Biden. His COVID relief package would give each unemployed American $400 a week in federal unemployment money,...
    Republicans on Capitol Hill are fuming, while Democrats are cheering a $1.9 trillion spending package pushed through Congress after midnight. The House voted 219-212 to pass the spending bill early Saturday in a partisan vote, with all Republicans voting against it and all Democrats, except for Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine, voting in favor. The package includes a $15 minimum wage mandate. The minimum wage mandate will be an issue in the Senate after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough said its inclusion violates special rules that Democrats hope to use to pass the spending package with just 51 votes instead of 60. After debate on the package continued into the early morning hours, the House Judiciary Committee hinted that Democrats might have “something to hide.” BERNIE SANDERS TURNS UP HEAT ON BIDEN AFTER MINIMUM WAGE SETBACK “JUST IN: House Democrats plan...
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted early Saturday morning to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan forwarded by Democrats and the Biden administration. The American Rescue Plan was passed by a 219-212 vote, with two Democrats voting against and no Republicans voting in favor. Key provisions of the proposal include $1,400 relief checks for Americans and $350 billion for state, local, and tribal government budgets. A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. https://t.co/1G4Wmks250 — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 26, 2021 The relief package also features an expanded child tax credit and $130 billion to help K-12 schools reopen. While many schools across the country have already reopened in some capacity, the Biden administration has butted heads at times with...
    WASHINGTON (KDKA) – Friday night the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to approve President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. Political editor Jon Delano will take a closer look at how this money could help people in this region on KDKA Evening News starting at 5:30. You can read The American Rescue Plan Act here.
    The U.S. House of Representatives votes Friday on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package that aims to provide relief to businesses, governments and millions of Americans whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus crisis.   Lawmakers are expected to vote largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled House. Passage would give Biden his first major legislative victory since entering office on January 20.   Debate over the package will likely be vigorous. Most Republicans oppose the cost of the measure that would cover the costs of vaccines and other medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 508,000 lives in the United States and pushed millions out of work.   The package would also provide an additional $1,400 direct payments to individuals and emergency financial aid to households, small businesses, and local and state governments.     Emergency unemployment benefits and tax breaks to...
    (CNN)The House of Representatives will vote on Friday to approve President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package, a major step toward enacting the first legislative priority of the new administration as the devastating fallout from the spread of Covid-19 has left Americans in dire need of further relief.The package advanced by House Democrats includes direct aid to small businesses, $1,400 direct checks to Americans making less than $75,000 annually, an increase in the child tax credit, direct funding to state and local governments, funding for schools and more money for vaccine distribution. Bidens First 100 Days Biden marks 50 million vaccine doses but cautions there's a 'long way to go' Biden calls Saudi King before expected release of Khashoggi report US carries out air strikes in Syria targeting Iranian backed militias It is expected to pass on a party line vote as House Republicans have urged their members...
    Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are making a bad bet. The House Budget Committee advanced the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, on Monday. It combined bills from nine other committees into the budget reconciliation package that will get a final vote in the House at the end of this week, then go to the Senate where it can be passed with a simple majority vote. That part is key, and why lawmakers chose to use the budget reconciliation took for enacting the relief: because you can't count on any Republican to do the right thing. The right thing in this case is spending $2 trillion on helping everyone as opposed to giving it in tax cuts to the very rich. Republicans are proving yet again how necessary choosing a path for relief that does not require them really is. Thus far, their only contribution has been to insist...
    (CNN)Is President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package too big? Plenty of economists across the ideological spectrum think so. But economics was only one of several considerations in its assembly. All come into sharper focus this week as narrow congressional Democratic majorities in both chambers prepare to send it to the Resolute Desk for Biden's signature by mid-March. More on Covid-19 relief Here's what's in the House Democrats' stimulus relief plan Congress already approved $4 trillion in Covid relief. Here's what's happened to it Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far If that happens, it would take the federal government's coronavirus response over the last year to nearly a staggering $6 trillion -- all of it borrowed money. Biden advisers argue nothing about current economic conditions prevents Washington from spending as much as...
    As negotiations continue between the Biden administration and Congress on a COVID-19 relief package that could top $1.9 trillion, White House economist Jared Bernstein argues that President Biden's American Rescue Plan "is calibrated to be of a magnitude to finally deal this COVID-19 virus the blow that hasn't occurred yet." Bernstein, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, said the administration hopes to see Congress pass the bill by mid-March, when enhanced unemployment benefits and other short-term relief elements from December's COVID-relief bill will expire.  "We have a deadline that we have to be mindful of, whether it's unemployment insurance, mortgage forbearance, eviction forbearance," Bernstein told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. "Those kinds of things have to be extended quickly to make sure that the American people and businesses don't suffer one of those air pockets, another...
    Vice President Kamala Harris, from left, U.S. President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wear protective masks while meeting with Democratic senators in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 to discuss Covid-19 stimulus relief.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images America's small business owners have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, and despite two rounds of federal loan programs targeted at aiding smaller employers, a majority on Main Street are still calling for more help. Sixty-three percent of small business owners support the $1.9 trillion Covid relief package currently being pushed by President Joe Biden's administration and being debated in Congress, according to the latest quarterly CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey. That includes 46% of Republican small business owners showing support for the new Democratic administration's first major legislative proposal. In fact, Biden's relief package...
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    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- As Congress debates another COVID-19 relief package, employees and business owners in Southern California are weighing in on what parts of the various plans address their needs.They're also voicing concerns on which parts of the various plans won't help them at all.At the Sire Bar and Grill in Riverside, employee Amber Miller is excited for another round of stimulus checks. But with the restaurant still limited to outdoor dining, and potential customers still worried about the dangers associated with the pandemic, work hours are tight."I think the stimulus checks will help," said Miller. "I don't think it's enough to cover all the months of lost work for everyone, but it's better than nothing."Democrats are pushing for a relief package that would include $1,400 stimulus checks for workers. But single workers making more than $87,000 per year wouldn't see any relief.On the other side of the aisle,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate early on Friday passed a budget plan that would allow for passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package in coming weeks without Republican support. Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie by casting a vote in favor of the Democratic measure, sending it to the House of Representatives for final approval. Separate, more detailed legislation still would have to be crafted and passed to carry out Biden's coronavirus-relief bill, which also could provide more time for negotiations with Republicans. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Toby Chopra) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, infectious diseases, vaccines, public health, United States, coronavirus, education
    More On: senate Ted Cruz holds up nomination vote for Biden’s Commerce secretary pick ‘Vote-a-rama’: GOP’s 749 amendments slow Democrat $1.9T COVID steamroll Senate Dems reject measure to cut federal funds to NY over nursing home death scandal Trump lawyers blast Democrat impeachment ‘publicity stunt,’ say ex-prez will not testify The Senate early Friday morning moved forward with a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package after a marathon voting session on resolutions attached to the bill. The reconciliation procedure used by Democrats to pass President Biden’s plan allowed for an unlimited amount of resolutions to be considered in the Senate. One of the amendments proposed by Republicans would prevent Congress from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour during the pandemic, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Senate approved the amendment but as Sen. Bernie Sanders explained, it was not his intention to sneak that proposal in. “I...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate were poised on Thursday to take a first step toward President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, in a marathon "vote-a-rama" session aimed at overriding Republican opposition to the package. Senate Democrats need to pass a budget resolution to unlock a legislative tool called reconciliation, which would allow them to approve Biden's proposal in the narrowly divided chamber with a simple majority. The House of Representatives approved the budget measure on Wednesday. Most legislation must get at least 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to pass. But the chamber is divided 50-50 and Republicans oppose the Democratic president's proposal. Reconciliation would allow the Senate's 48 Democrats and two independents to approve the relief package with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris. Senate Democrats and the Biden administration have left the door open to Republican participation but have said they...
    Joe Biden doubled down on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, reassuring Democrats he has their back as they lay the groundwork to muscle through the president's proposal without Republican support.  Biden called into the House Democratic Caucus weekly meeting on Wednesday morning, where he reassured his party a Republican proposal for $600 billion in relief is 'not even in the cards.'  'I’m not going to start my administration by breaking a promise to the American people,'  he said.  The president, in his five minute pep talk, told House Democrats to stick together. 'I have your back and you will have mine,' he said according to Politico.  He also vowed to boost stimulus checks to $2,000, by adding another $1,400 in direct payments as part of his relief measure.  Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Democratic senators on the COVID relief proposal later Wednesday in the Oval Office.   The...
    (CBS Detroit) — The Biden administration is laying the groundwork to pass a $1.9 trillion economic relief package. The American Rescue Plan, as it is known, would include a $1,400 stimulus check, additional unemployment insurance, a bigger child tax credit and a lot more if passed as is. It may not pass as is, however. On Monday morning, 10 Republican Senators, led by Maine’s Susan Collins, laid out the details of a counteroffer. “In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support,” stated a letter from the group to the President. “Our proposal reflects many of your stated priorities, and with your support, we believe that this plan could be approved quickly by Congress with bipartisan support.” >>READ: Stimulus Check Latest: Will The $1,400 Payment Survive Negotiations On The American Rescue Plan?...
    By David Morgan and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives prepared to take the first step forward on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Tuesday, with a key vote expected to fast-track the measure through Congress. A fiscal 2021 budget measure, with coronavirus-related spending instructions for congressional committees, headed for a House vote that would help unlock a legislative tool needed for Democrats to enact Biden's package swiftly in the face of Republican opposition. Republicans have pushed back on the $1.9 trillion price tag of Biden's proposal, which comes on top of $4 trillion in COVID-19 aid last year. On Monday, the president met with 10 Senate Republicans to discuss their own scaled-back $618 billion plan. He told lawmakers it did not go far enough to address a pandemic that has killed nearly 444,000 Americans. "He will not slow down work on...
    Congress should finish distributing the $900 billion allocated in the COVID-19 relief bill enacted in December before moving forward with President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told "Fox News Primetime" Monday. The Republican lawmaker questioned the "hurry" among Democrats to pass Biden's "American Rescue Plan" in the Senate when "less than 20%" of the previous stimulus bill has been spent to date. "It is way too early to negotiate a $2 trillion package or a trillion dollar package when a $900 billion package that we approved has not been spent," Scott toldhost Trey Gowdy. GOP SENATORS MEET WITH BIDEN TO DISCUSS COVID RELIEF NEGOTIATIONS "The question is, what's the hurry?" Scott urged Congress to "take a step back and find out how to effectively manage this virus. "I would say that perhaps we're already there, but we won't know because we haven't spent all of the resources deployed to help America recover from this global pandemic." A group of 10 Republican senators met with Biden at the White House Monday evening to discuss a...
    Maine Senator Susan Collins (R) hailed the “excellent meeting” and “frank and very useful discussion” she and nine other GOP Senators had with President Joe Biden on Monday evening, but conceded that they did not make any concrete steps toward reconciling the large difference in the respective parties’ Covid relief packages. Collins had called for the meeting with Biden and invited other moderate Republicans like Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney. The meeting, originally scheduled for just an hour, ran far longer and lasted a little more than two. “We outlined for the president the provisions that we have proposed as part of an approximately $600 billion package,” Collins said of the talks with Biden. “He explained in more depth areas that were not flushed out as much in the package, the $1.9 trillion package and it was a very good exchange of views. I wouldn’t say that we came together on a package...
    WASHINGTON (CBS) — President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to work fast to pass a new financial rescue plan as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. Biden took action on Friday to bring economic relief to millions of Americans by signing two executive orders. One of the orders supports workers and lays the groundwork for a higher minimum wage for federal workers. The other increases benefits for those with food insecurity. “We remain in a once-in-a-century health crisis that has led to the most uneven job and health crisis in modern history,” the president said. “And the crisis is only deepening.” Biden’s inner circle is taking shape as Lloyd Austin was confirmed as the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. “Thanks for being here,” Austin said. “Look forward to working with you.” Also, Janet Yellen received unanimous support from the Senate Finance Committee to become the first woman to head...
    Bradley Cortright January 21, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is pushing Congress to pass another massive COVID-19 relief package as the virus continues to ravage the country.  Roughly a week before Biden was sworn in as president, he unveiled a $1.9 trillion relief package that would provide billions of dollars of aid for small businesses, coronavirus testing, and vaccine distribution. Additionally, it would send out more direct payments to Americans and includes a provision that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  However, in order to pass his package, Biden would need Republican support in the Senate. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters, “I suspect the whole package is a non-starter.” Still, he noted that there were some elements of the bill that Republicans might support, “It’s got plenty of starters in it, and a lot of them are things that we proposed in terms of more assistance to the states....
    A new day is coming. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has asked President-elect Joe Biden to propose at least $1.3 trillion in his first round of COVID-19 relief, according to reports to Bloomberg News. Biden will speak Thursday evening, outlining his "his vaccination and economic rescue legislative package." Schumer is advising that the package contain the elements that McConnell refused to allow in end-of-year negotiations, the stuff left out of the $900 billion package approved. That includes more funding for vaccines, providing funding to state and local governments, and bumping the direct payments up to $2,000 from the $600 passed last month. Additionally, Sen. Ron Wyden is pushing for a return to the $600/weekly expansion of unemployment benefits that was included in the CARES Act but expired months ago, boosting that from the $300 in the last stimulus. That bill ends the payments in mid-March, and the Oregon Democrat,...
    President-elect Joe Biden is expected to unveil a major COVID-19 relief package on Thursday and his advisers have recently told allies in Congress to expect a price tag in the ballpark of $2 trillion, according to two people briefed on the deliberations.The Biden team is taking a "shoot for the moon" approach with the package, one lawmaker in close contact with them told CNN, though they added that the price tag could still change. The proposal will include sizable direct payments to American families, significant state and local funding -- including for coronavirus vaccine distribution and other emergency spending measures -- to help those struggling during the pandemic.Biden is set to announce the details of his plan in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday evening.Democrats hold only the slimmest of majorities in the House and the Senate, and Republicans have recently resisted efforts to pass Covid-19 relief on a multi-trillion dollar scale. But...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCotton: Senate lacks authority to hold impeachment trial once Trump leaves office Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will introduce impeachment articles against Biden ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE on Thursday will unveil a $1.9 trillion package to provide economic relief to Americans and businesses and help fund an ambitious coronavirus vaccine program with the goal of reaching 100 million doses by the end of his first 100 days in office.  Biden will unveil the package in an address Thursday evening from Wilmington, Del., six days before he will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States and his administration takes over the federal government’s response to COVID-19.  Biden’s plan will include $415 billion focused on fighting COVID-19, upwards of $1 trillion on direct aid to individuals and families and another $440 billion in aid to businesses, according to senior officials with...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden is expected to unveil a major Covid-19 relief package on Thursday and his advisers have recently told allies in Congress to expect a price tag in the ballpark of $2 trillion, according to two people briefed on the deliberations. The Biden team is taking a "shoot for the moon" approach with this package, one lawmaker in close contact with them told CNN, though they added that the price tag could still change. The proposal will include sizable direct payments to American families, significant state and local funding -- including for coronavirus vaccine distribution and other emergency spending measures -- to help those struggling during the pandemic.Biden is set to announce the details of his plan in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday evening.Democrats hold only the slimmest of majorities in the House and the Senate, and Republicans have recently resisted efforts to pass Covid-19 relief on a multi-trillion dollar scale....
    Nashville bombing: Authorities know Anthony Quinn Warner triggered the blast, but motive remains a mystery Biden builds out White House digital operation Stocks Rise as Trump Signs $2.3T Covid-19 Relief and Funding Package Stocks were rising Monday after President Donald Trump did an about-face and signed a $2.3 trillion spending bill that includes nearly $1 trillion of coronavirus relief. © TheStreet Stocks Rise as Trump Signs $2.3T Covid-19 Relief and Funding Package The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 169 points, or 0.56%, to 30,369, while the S&P 500 rose 0.7%, and the Nasdaq climbed 0.76%. Load Error Trump, who had threatened to send the bill back to Congress, relented late Sunday and signed the spending package agreement he had earlier called a "disgrace." The president backed off his demand for $2,000 aid checks. The move cleared the way for $600 direct payments to most...
    President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday not to sign a massive year-end bill passed by lawmakers that includes a $900 billion coronavirus aid package and $1.4 trillion in annual government funding.  Trump said in a video that was tweeted out Tuesday night that the bill didn't deliver enough aid to Americans. The bill provides for a $600 payment to most Americans.  The president said he is asking Congress to "increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple. I am also asking Congress to get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items from this legislation and to send me a suitable bill."  Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the measure with overwhelming support late Monday, with lawmakers having only a few hours to look over the more than 5,000-page bill. They were facing a midnight deadline to keep the U.S. government funded.   FILE - Dusk falls as Congressional...
    Reuters December 22, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s pandemic-battered economy after months of inaction, while also keeping the federal government funded. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the package into law. Following days of furious negotiation, both legislative chambers worked deep into the night to pass the bill – worth about $2.3 trillion including spending for the rest of the fiscal year – with the House of Representatives first approving it and the Senate following suit several hours later in a bipartisan 92-6 vote. The virus relief bill includes $600 payments to most Americans as well as additional payments to the millions of people thrown out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic, just as a larger round of benefits is due to expire on Saturday. The stimulus package, the first congressionally approved...
    As the US prepares for the second round of stimulus checks for the year — this time at $600 — developed countries around the world have been maintaining beefed up relief efforts. While the United States saw a nearly six-months-long political stalemate before the divided House and Senate leadership were finally forced back to the negotiating table, nations like Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada have increased their support steadily. Just earlier this month, Japan, with a population of 127 million, announced another round of $708 billion in stimulus to help support and revive their Covid-ravaged businesses and workforce. The United Kingdom, meanwhile, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a conservative, has led on a wage subsidy program for individuals who were put out of work as a result of the novel virus. Since March, laid-off workers have been receiving 80 percent of their paychecks. The...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised the coronavirus stimulus bill that's poised to pass Congress Monday after months of stalled negotiations, but added that Democrats could have had the same deal months ago had they not prioritized damaging President Trump's reelection hopes. "It's not too little, too late," McConnell told "The Daily Briefing." "It's directly targeted at exactly what the country needs right now. If, after the new [Biden] administration comes in, they want to advocate more, we'll take a look at it, based on conditions in the country at that time." Congressional leaders agreed Sunday on a $900 billion coronavirus package that provides direct payments to most Americans, targeted relief for small businesses, funding for vaccinations, and expanded unemployment benefits. Combined with a $1.4 trillion ominbus bill to fund the government through September, lawmakers will vote on roughly $2.3 trillion in new spending. It is expected to pass, and Trump has signaled he will immediately...
    WASHINGTON -- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that congressional Republican and Democratic leaders have finalized a deal on the almost $1 trillion stimulus package.This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Top negotiators appear on the brink Sunday of agreeing to long-delayed legislation to deliver a new round of aid to pandemic-slammed businesses, $300 bonus jobless benefits and a $600 direct payment to most Americans, an aid package that is smaller than Democrats and President-elect Joe Biden would like.The must-pass measure, coming in at more than $900 billion, is expected to be released late Sunday and would be brought immediately to the House floor for a vote. It includes tens of billions of dollars to pay for distributing vaccines, help schools reopen, and bail out struggling transit systems and the Postal Service.EMBED More News Videos Lawmakers have cleared away the last major obstacle to agreement...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — FedEx and UPS trucks are rolling out the Moderna vaccine, the second weapon to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Congress appears ready to roll out economic relief to Americans. The Senate reached a compromise overnight on the relief deal. It’s worth nearly $1 trillion. Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey was holding up the compromise. He wanted to close down the Federal Reserve’s lending facilities. He said the programs worked to stabilize parts of the economy at the start of the government-ordered shutdowns, and that they don’t need to be continued. But Democrats say ending them would have tied the hands of the incoming Biden administration. With this compromise, the Senate is also nearing a vote on the nearly $1 trillion COVID relief bill. That package is expected to be voted on alongside a $1.4 trillion government funding package for the new fiscal year. That package needs to...
    WASHINGTON -- The Fed programs at issue provided loans to small and mid-sized businesses and bought state and local government bonds, making it easier for those governments to borrow, at a time when their finances are under pressure from the pandemic.Negotiators reported continued progress on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package on Saturday, with optimism rising that the overdue talks would soon produce an agreement. The Senate convened a Saturday session, while House members stood by for a vote that will arrive no earlier than Sunday.A new government shutdown of midnight Sunday was serving as a backstop for the tortuous negotiations, which were being conducted in secret largely among the top four leaders of Capitol Hill's warring tribes.A key negotiator said the talks continued in good faith."But the American people cannot feed their families or pay their bills with Congress' good faith discussions," said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden plans to get COVID-19 vaccination publicly as early as next week Pence, other Trump officials to get vaccine publicly Sweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps MORE (R-Ky.) is getting much of what he wants in an emerging coronavirus relief package, after months of digging in his heels against a demand by Democratic leaders to pass a multi-trillion-dollar package that would shore up the ailing finances of state and local governments. The GOP leader isn’t getting liability protection for businesses and other organizations but McConnell himself last week proposed dropping that controversial item along with another large tranche of funding for state and local government.  State and local funding was a top priority of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse must come home to begin a new Congress OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden reportedly taps former EPA head Gina McCarthy as domestic 'climate czar' |  Biden...
    More On: Coronavirus As COVID-19 spreads, Kansas hospital runs out of staff Trump lawyer reportedly tests positive for COVID-19 Four lions at Spanish zoo test positive for COVID-19 UN makes December 27 ‘Epidemic Preparedness’ day WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted that fellow Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, were responsible for delaying urgently-needed coronavirus relief by walking away from the White House’s offer of a $1.8 trillion coronavirus package. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Monday the socialist two-time presidential candidate noted Pelosi’s hypocrisy for endorsing a smaller bipartisan $908 million deal last week after rejecting the twice-as-large proposal from President Trump in October. “Democrats walked away from that deal because they wanted $2.2 trillion,” Tapper said. “That’s right!” Sanders (I-Vt.) responded, confirming it was Democrats, not Republicans, who were to blame for months of inaction. “They walked away from $1.8 trillion, was that...
    WASHINGTON -- Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - frequent rivals but proven dealmakers - spoke on the phone Thursday, a conversation that came the day after Pelosi signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID-19 rescue package in the $1 trillion range.Pelosi's spokesman announced the telephone conversation, tweeting that it was "about their shared commitment to completing an omnibus and COVID relief as soon as possible.""We had a good conversation. I think we're both interested in getting an outcome, both on the omnibus and on a coronavirus package," McConnell said.MORE: Don't expect a second stimulus check this year. Here's what...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — frequent rivals but proven dealmakers — spoke on the phone Thursday, a conversation that came the day after Pelosi signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID rescue package in the $1 trillion range. Pelosi’s spokesman announced the telephone conversation, tweeting that it was “about their shared commitment to completing an omnibus and COVID relief as soon as possible.” “We had a good conversation. I think we’re both interested in getting an outcome, both on the omnibus and on a coronavirus package,” McConnell said. With COVID-19 caseloads spiraling and...
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate and as top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — frequent rivals but proven dealmakers — spoke on the phone Thursday, a conversation that came the day after Pelosi signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID rescue package in the $1 trillion range. Pelosi's spokesman announced the telephone conversation, tweeting that it was “about their shared commitment to completing an omnibus and COVID relief as soon as possible." “We had a good conversation. I think we’re both interested in getting an outcome, both on the omnibus and on a coronavirus package,” McConnell said. With...
    WASHINGTON -- Capitol Hill's top leaders spoke about COVID-19 relief and other unfinished business Thursday, adding to tentative optimism that a medium-sized aid package might break free after months of Washington toxicity and deadlock.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - frequent rivals but proven dealmakers - spoke on the phone, a conversation that came the day after Pelosi signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID rescue package.Pelosi's spokesman announced the telephone conversation, tweeting that it was "about their shared commitment to completing an omnibus and COVID relief as soon as possible." McConnell's office would not comment.MORE: Don't expect a second stimulus check this year. Here's what Congress is talking about instead EMBED More News Videos Even with coronavirus spiking and new restrictions taking effect, Congress remains stalled on fresh relief for Americans in need. With COVID-19 caseloads spiraling and the daily...
    President Donald Trump has "always wanted" an additional coronavirus relief bill, "as long as it is targeted to the right places," White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Tuesday.  "He wont sign on to some ideological political package that has nothing to do with COVID or the economy, which is still a problem in the Democratic offering," Kudlow said on Fox News "Americas Newsroom."  He added that he doesnt want to make a forecast about how the talks will turn out, saying that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows are doing a good job in their negotiations with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Trumps administration has proposed a $1.8 trillion package, with Pelosi pushing for one at $2.2 trillion, but the president told Fox News "Fox and Friends" Tuesday that he wants to have a relief package that is "even bigger" than the Democrats plan. ...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reported some progress in advance of a Tuesday deadline for reaching a pre-election deal with President Donald Trump on a new coronavirus relief package, but the same core problems bedeviling the effort remain in place despite optimistic talk from the president and his team. Pelosi negotiated for nearly an hour Monday with Trump’s top emissary, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and her office said they are continuing to narrow their differences. “Finally, they have come to the table and we’re going to try to get something done,” Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday evening. She said the two sides would take stock on Tuesday, which she has staked out as the deadline if a deal is to be reached before the election. “Let’s make a judgment. We may not like this, we may not like that but let’s see on balance if we...
    A coronavirus relief package must be approved before the election, because a lame duck Congress is not going to pass one, former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Tuesday while urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action.  "Millions of American families are struggling right now to make basic ends meet, to keep a roof over their heads," Yang said on CNNs "New Day." "If we dont get a relief package out the door before the election, a lame duck Congress is not going to pass it. Well have to wait until a new administration in February. So youre talking November, December, January, February, four months of increased deprivation and desperation among American families." Senate Republicans are to present legislation Tuesday to replenish money for small businesses affected by coronavirus shutdowns, but talks are continuing between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to discuss a larger stimulus package. Pelosi has...
    By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reported some progress in advance of a Tuesday deadline for reaching a pre-election deal with President Donald Trump on a new coronavirus relief package, but the same core problems bedeviling the effort remain in place despite optimistic talk from the president and his team. Pelosi negotiated for nearly an hour Monday with Trump’s top emissary, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and her office said they are continuing to narrow their differences. “Finally, they have come to the table and we're going to try to get something done,” Pelosi said on MSNBC Monday evening. She said the two sides would take stock on Tuesday, which she has staked out as the deadline if a deal is to be reached before the election. “Let's make a judgment. We may not like this, we may not like that but let's see on...
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