On Wednesday morning Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi called the House of Representatives into session at 10:00 AM and then adjourned the House less than three minutes later, completing a pro-forma session of its membership.
In comments to the media it was made clear by Pelosi and her staff that the House of Representatives will not reconvene today, that she will not commit support to the stimulus relief package that has been agreed upon in the Senate, that there will be no voting in House, and that the House would re-adjourn on Thursday morning at 11:00 AM.
Pelosi went on further to say “House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action…. We’re reviewing it now. We have a staff and our chairman reviewing the bill. We’re optimistic but we’ll see. We’ll see the bill and see the when Senate votes. So there’s no decision about timing until we see the bill.”
In a tweet that went at nearly 2:00 AM on Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced, “At last, we have a deal. After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic. We’re going to pass this legislation later today.”
Details of the Senate stimulus relief deal includes: $250 billion for direct cash relief payments, $250 billion in unemployment insurance, $500 billion for distressed companies, $367 billion for small businesses, $130 billion for hospitals, and $150 billion for state and local governments.
The delay tactic of Speaker Pelosi not only harms American families who are already suffering medical and economic stresses due to the Chinese Conoravirus pandemic, but it also gives an opportunity to the more radical members of the Congress to further advance the policies of their purposed Green New Deal.
Forefront GOP Congressional Candidate Files Amicus Brief Against Maine Governor
The forefront Republican candidate to replace Democrat Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District has filed paper work against Maine Governor Janet Mills.
Adrienne Bennett announced that she has filed a brief of amicus curiae in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of local central Maine church’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Governor Janet Mills.
“This is a dangerous moment where Governor Mills is arguing that certain emergencies allow her to trample on the constitutionally protected rights of Mainers. Our churches and all people of faith need to know that when their rights are violated, they are not alone. We must fight back,” said the Republican candidate for Congress.
“Janet Mills is not the head of the church. Her government cannot dictate how, when or to whom we worship. She cannot discriminate against houses of worship and treat them lesser than secular institutions. I urge the court to intervene. We will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”
Bennett is being represented by Maine attorney Stephen C. Whiting of The Whiting Law Firm who had this to say about the brief filed against Governor Janet Mills, “While the Governor certainly has an interest in protecting public health, all Mainers also have an interest in seeing their Constitutional rights upheld. The Governor cannot use her power to protect public health in a manner that arbitrarily deprives Mainers of the right to free exercise of religion. Therefore, the public interest favors granting Appellant’s motion and preventing further violations of First Amendment freedoms.”
Earlier in the month Pastor Ken Graves and Calvary Chapel of Orrington, Maine filed a federal lawsuit that challenges Maine’s governor Janet Mills closure of places of worship as means to end the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. That story was covered by Big League Politics and can be read here.
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