This is what a leader does while Joe Biden does one liners from his basement, Nancy Pelosi shows off her refrigerator that is larger than some people’s apartments, and Chuck Shumer stares at himself in front of his webcam wondering why no one else is listening to him.
President Trump announced on Thursday the White House’s plan for eventually rolling back social distancing measures and reopening the country’s economy in several phases — depending on location — amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan calls for three phases to reopening the country, based on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in each individual state or region.
“We can begin the next front in our war, which we are calling ‘Opening Up America Again,'” Trump said during a press briefing at the White House. “To preserve the health of Americans, we must preserve the health of our economy.”
The plan, which Trump announced along with the formation of a bipartisan council of lawmakers from both chambers of Congress, outlines “recommendations” for governors to develop their own plans to reopen. It also includes a number of criteria that must be met in terms of numbers of infections and hospitalizations before they can open up.Trump unveils coronavirus guidelines for rolling back social distancing in phases: ‘Next front in our war’ | Fox News
It’s interesting that all the people holding up this package on both sides are all wealthy career politicians. These guys and gals are a joke. And that joke is on us.
Bernie Sanders said Wednesday afternoon he might torpedo the Senate’s compromise stimulus package unless Republican senators dropped their objections about what they called a “massive drafting error” related to unemployment benefits, in the latest twist to a process that has been marked by delays and last-minute hurdles.
“In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation,” Sanders said in a statement, also posted on social media.
“Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages,” he continued.
An objection by a single senator would prevent the Senate from quickly passing the bill by unanimous consent, although it remained possible that the chamber could pass the legislation by voice vote or roll-call vote. Fox News is told lawmakers are leaning toward approving the bill via voice vote, in which senators in the chamber shout “aye” or “nay,” with the loudest side winning.
Then, late Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said unanimous consent was a nonstarter in the House, and implied that quick passage in the lower chamber may be unrealistic. Pelosi has called for members to have at least 24 hours to review the bill text once it’s available.
“That’s not gonna work,” she told reporters shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, referring to unanimous consent. “Republicans have told us that’s not possible from their said. … What I’d like to see — because this a $2 trillion bill — I’d like to see a good debate on the floor.”Coronavirus bill hits hurdles as Sanders threatens to stall package over bid to change unemployment aid | Fox News
“Government isn’t the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” – President Ronald Reagan. Congress seems intent on proving the truth of that maxim.
Just hours after President Trump’s top economic adviser said Congress was close to agreeing on an unprecedented $6 trillion stimulus plan, tensions abruptly ratcheted back up again on Capitol Hill Tuesday night — with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham taking to the Senate floor and calling for an immediate end to negotiations because he said Democrats were “nickel-and-diming at a time when people are dying — literally dying.”
Graham’s late-night remarks came after tensions seemingly had cooled in Congress during the day, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its highest point gain in its history as leaders from both parties signaled that an agreement could be within reach. Futures were down Tuesday night.
“In case you’re watching,” Graham said in reference to the president, his voice rising, “tell [Treasury Secretary] Steven Mnuchin to come back to the White House and end negotiations. I think I understand the give-and-take of life and politics, but I’ve been called by two good friends on the Democratic side in the last five or six hours wanting more money. End the negotiations.”
He added: “This bill is $2 trillion. There’s a ton of money in this bill for people who need it, but what we’re doing now is, every special-interest group in town is trying to get a little bit more.”Coronavirus stimulus bill teeters again, as Graham lights into Dems’ ‘nickel-and-diming while people are dying’ | Fox News
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are two of the most disgusting people on the planet right now, bar none. It does not matter to them one iota the financial and personal suffering people are going through and will go through in the coming months. All that matters to them is that they destroy Donald Trump, and if you and I, as average everyday Americans, get caught in the crossfire, so be it. All that matters is their political agenda. The American people need relief now, but they simply do not give a damn about us, and they are proving it by their actions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced her own emergency coronavirus stimulus bill on Monday, leading furious Republicans to argue that much of the proposal contained a progressive wishlist seemingly unrelated to the crisis — including several provisions that amount to a resurrection of the notorious “Obamaphone” program, GOP officials said.
The bill proposed by Pelosi, D-Calif., additionally seeks to eliminate debt held by the U.S. Postal Service, require same-day voter registration, pay off $10,000 in student debt per person, mandate that airlines reduce their overall carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, and force federal agencies to explain to Congress how they are increasing their usage of “minority banks.”
And, the legislation would provide for the automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas and restrict colleges from providing information about citizenship status.
“People are dying and all Nancy Pelosi and Democrats can focus on is ripping off the American taxpayer to help pay for their liberal wish list of government handouts,” National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Michael McAdams said in a statement.
“As long as the White House keeps the checkbook open, Democrats will keep taking things,” a senior Senate GOP leadership source told Fox News late Monday.
The NRCC went on to accuse Pelosi of cramming the bill “full of unrelated liberal goodies, including a return of the ‘Obamaphone.'” Pelosi, the NRCC pointed out, wants $1 billion “to build on program expanded by President Obama that provides discounted phone service for low-income consumers.”Pelosi’s coronavirus stimulus includes return of ‘Obamaphones,’ other unrelated items, GOP says | Fox News
Senator Chuck Schumer’s comments outside the Supreme Court building were reprehensible, dangerous, and beneath the dignity of Senate Minority Leader as well as Mr. Schumer himself. As bad as they were, though, it is understandable how Schumer, who rarely has an unscripted public moment, made those comments infinitely worse in his mealy-mouth explanation on the Senate floor. His inability to simply say, “I was wrong> I should not have said that. No one should ever say that. there is never a valid reason to threaten any Supreme Court Justice.”
Instead, what we got was some incomprehensible nonsense about being from Brooklyn. I was born in raised in Brooklyn, mostly in Flatbush. If I were to threaten Justice Ginsberg in the same way you threatened Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, I would be facing what Chuck should be facing. Not censure, but jail.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., may still face consequences from his colleagues after facing criticism from conservatives and liberals alike for remarks he directed towards Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at an abortion rights rally last week that some have considered threatening.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has continued to call for Schumer to be censured after introducing a resolution in the Senate to do just that. And dozens of well-known conservative leaders signed a letter Monday adding their voices to the calls.
GOP SENATORS CALL FOR CENSURING SCHUMER OVER SUPREME COURT COMMENTS
“Of course Schumer’s attacks were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘wrong’! He should be CENSURED,” Hawley tweeted Friday, in response to a video of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who stated that Schumer’s remarks sounded “like a physical threat.”Schumer’s Supreme Court saga not over, as GOP presses forward on historic censure | Fox News
I keep hearing from Pelosi and Schumer how the President’s reaction to has been inadequate, not enough, focused on the wrong things, etc., so my question would be how would a Democrat President handle such a crises. Well fortunately-or unfortunately for those who got unneccesarily sick and those who died-we have an example of just how a Democrat responds to such a heath emergency.
George Conway is no fan of the President. It would be fair to say he despises Donald Trump as much as Schumer. But Conway isn’t deaf. And neither are the American People. In a way, I am less bothered by Schumer’s statement than by his refusal to disavow it. On the steps of the Supreme Court, at a political rally where emotion is running high, it is easy to blurt out something stupid and irresponsible. This is particularly true with Schumer, who rarely utters a word in public without a script in front of him. But refusing to own up to it and admit that he blew it is inexcusable and makes one wonder about his original intent.
George Conway, the anti-Trump husband of Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, admonished Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for his comments this week allegedly threatening two Supreme Court justices, saying that his Thursday apology “isn’t enough.”
In a Washington Post op-ed, Conway broadly condemned Schumer’s comments a day earlier outside the court building. Schumer was at an abortion rally and said Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch had “released the whirlwind” and would “pay the price.”
“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he said.
Conway also panned Trump’s previous comments undermining members of the federal judiciary while asking Schumer and all federal officials to do better.
“Those were threats, pure and simple,” Conway said of Schumer’s comments, before turning to what he sees as a solution to the problem.George Conway admonishes Schumer over Supreme Court comments, says apology ‘isn’t enough’ | Fox News