Next U.S. coronavirus rescue package not too far off -McConnell

Daniel Fowler
May 23, 2020

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated on Thursday one more stimulation package to manage the influence of the coronavirus was "not too far off". But despite a virus death toll nearing 100,000 in the United States and more than 30 million unemployed, the slow-moving Senate is proving that even a pandemic won't quicken its pace. Senators are prepared to leave town for a weeklong Memorial Day break without having acted on any new relief.

Senator for Colorado Cory Gardner has called an extra $500 billion in funding as well as modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to support small businesses in the state.

Some states that have been hardest hit by the domestic outbreak, including NY and New Jersey, have said they will need federal assistance in order to recover.

"It won't be a $3 trillion left-wing wish list that passed the House, that it nearly couldn't get all the Democrats to vote for", McConnell said of the possible second stimulus package.

"Now is not the time for the Senate to go home", tweeted Gardner, who is among the most politically endangered GOP senators running for reelection in the fall. "And across the rotunda, in the House?" "We have done nothing on this floor to vote on anything about COVID". Senators confirmed a new Federal Election Commission member and is on track to confirm four federal judges.

Ratcliffe replaces former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, a former USA senator who had good relationships with legislators but clashed with Trump.

Across the street in the committee rooms, the split screen was coming into even sharper focus. A member of the House intelligence and judiciary committees, he has been an ardent defender of the president through House impeachment and investigations into Russian interference.

2 in coronavirus cases, behind the U.S.
Officials in the city of 12 million have actually stated a five-day vacation in a proposal to obtain citizens to stay at home. More than 310,000 infections have been confirmed, the third-highest number worldwide after the U.S. and Russian Federation .

The Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday voted to issue a subpoena for its investigation into presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter, though there's no evidence of wrongdoing by either of the Bidens. The American turned out to be former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In addition, the DNI is encountering ongoing political pressure, including from Republicans in Congress, to declassify and make public information from the Russian Federation investigation that Trump allies hope will cast senior Obama administration officials - including former vice president and 2020 opponent Joe Biden - in a negative light.

Ahead of the meeting, Johnson released a long list of coronavirus-related actions his committee had taken since the start of the year.

And he knocked how the Democrats now work, criticizing their rule change to allow remote voting for the first time ever and charging that they're trying to solve a pandemic by giving one person multiple votes.

"Direct aid to county governments isn't just a good idea and it isn't only responding to an emergency - it's necessary if this country wants to grapple and claw its way back onto its feet", says Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro.

Though McConnell said during a Thursday interview with Fox News that a second relief package would likely be needed, he said its size and scope would remain uncertain until legislators had a chance to gauge the full impact of the first package and the speed of local economies' revivals as states reopened. A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 83% of Americans are at least somewhat concerned that lifting restrictions in their area will lead to additional infections, with 54% saying they are very or extremely concerned.

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