The buzzer is sounding.” After days of gridlock, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday appeared to close in on a deal to pass the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package – one that would send direct payments of up to $3,000 to millions of U.S. families.
The Republican-led chamber's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, noted that a major sticking point for Democrats – who had twice blocked the bill - had been overcome by providing more unemployment insurance.
(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER, SAYING: “It has unemployment insurance on steroids.
This is a great plan.
What it says is if you lose your job in this crisis, you can be furloughed by your employer.
That means you stay on your employer’s work list – if you have health benefits with the employer you can keep getting them.
But – and most importantly – the federal government will pay your salary, your full salary, for now four months.” The two parties also agreed to more oversight of the $500 billion set aside for big businesses.
Democrats had been wary that not enough of that would be allocated for workers.
The bill also provides $350 billion for small-business loans and at least $75 billion for hospitals.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on MSNBC Tuesday that the House could unanimously pass the bill once it clears the Senate, but it might also try to change it – which would lead to further delays – before it heads to President Trump’s desk to sign.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted that, "Congress must approve the deal, without all of the nonsense, today.
The longer it takes, the harder it will be to start up our economy."
Minister of State (MoS) for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey hit at Congress and RJD and asked to be aware of 'Gappu, Pappu and Lappu'. He said, "One who couldn't even pass 10th standard is commenting on Nitish Kumar who had been an engineer. These Congress and RJD people wrote the story of corruption. So, be aware of these Gappu, Pappu and Lappu."
A former Republican voter Robert Clark of Connecticut and a vocal minority within the Republican Party are organizing against President Trump through ad campaigns, fundraising and phone banking efforts in hopes that their break from the GOP will save the republic from the current president. Colette Luke has more.
[NFA] The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Sunday moved closer toward a final confirmation vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, on Monday, just over a week before Election Day. Gavino Garay reports.
The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime Supreme Court seat despite a Democratic boycott, clearing the way for a final Senate confirmation vote planned for Monday. This video produced by Jonah Green.
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney-Barrett may be put on the back burner for the time being. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a halt of the proceedings after two Senate Judiciary Committee members tested positive for COVID-19. GOP Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee said Friday they had tested positive for the virus after President Trump announced his diagnosis.
[NFA] President Donald Trump on Monday sought to discredit Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's family's statement that her last wish was the next president appoint her successor, saying without evidence it could have been from someone else. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
[NFA] With less than a week of voting left, President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Michigan officials launched a campaign aiming to recruit 30,000 poll workers for the November 3rd election, resulting in an overwhelming response from students at the University of Michigan and other colleges around the state. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] Republican Senator Lindsey Graham kicked off the Senate Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearing with his party looking to push through the approval of President Trump's nominee, conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before the November 3rd presidential election. Lisa Bernhard has more.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package Friday afternoon, but what was expected to be a smooth confirmation process devolved into a mad dash in the..