Republican and Democratic Leadership in the Senate have agreed on a tentative $900 billion stimulus package on Sunday, lining up relief for the millions of Americans blighted by economic uncertainty as the coronavirus pandemic continues into the new year.
“Moments ago, in consultation with our committees, the four leaders of the Senate and the House finalized an agreement,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed on the Senate floor in the afternoon. “There will be another major rescue package for the American people.”
The primary points of contention during stimulus negotiations were direct relief checks to individuals and payments to state and local governments. Senators Josh Hawley and Bernie Sanders formed a bipartisan populist coalition in pushing for the inclusion of a second round of stimulus checks, with leadership settling on $600 checks after Senator Ron Johnson blocked a proposal for another round of $1200 TrumpBux checks, citing concerns about the national debt.
Eligibility for the $600 checks will use the same rules as the previous $1200 payment, with Americans who claimed less than $75,000 in income in their 2019 tax returns receiving the direct payments from the IRS.
Senator John Cornyn told CNN that he expects the Senate to finalize and vote upon the second stimulus package this relief. It is possible that the House of Representatives could create problems in the stimulus package’s enactment, adding progressive goodies that poison the bill’s prospects with the Republican Senate majority.
Joe Biden has described a second stimulus package as a “down payment,” signalling his desire for further stimulus packages in the coming months. Biden is all but certain to be inaugurated as President after securing a victory in the electoral college last week.
PATHETIC: National Guard Booted to Parking Lot After Democrat Congressman Complained They Weren’t Wearing Masks
The Democrat complained about masks.
New reports suggest that a detachment of National Guard personnel present in Washington, DC for Inauguration duties were kicked out of their spartan lodging in the Capitol to a parking lot after a Democrat Congressman complained that one of the guardsmen wasn’t wearing a mask at a Dunkin’ Donuts inside the Capitol.
Breitbart News has learned that Massachusetts Democrat Will Keating reported that he encountered a soldier at the Capitol without a mask. When Keating told the guardsman to wear a mask, the service member told Keating, “I appreciate my freedom.”
This event reportedly led to the entire National Guard detachment being kicked out of their lodging inside a Capitol lobby to an outdoor parking lot, where they were exposed to freezing temperatures.
Keating has declined to comment on the exchange, with reports suggesting he reported the incident to Capitol Police. This led to the Guard being booted outside as a punishment.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guard member told Politico about being kicked to the curb.
Establishment Democrats had been eager to use the military service members as political props, even after a fiasco in which they were caught trying to purge conservative-leaning Guard personnel for insufficiently loyalty to the Biden government. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas recalled the detachments of their state National Guards from DC following the second incident of disrespect to the troops, with the former rejecting the idea of FL Guard members being utilized as Nancy Pelosi’s personal servants.
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