The Hill's 12:30 Report: Tensions flare with senators deadlocked over stimulus

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he Hill's 12:30 Report: Tensions flare with senators deadlocked over coronavirus stimulus | McConnell rips Dems' demands on Senate floor | Fed unveils drastic economic rescue efforts | Trump floats lifting restrictions to save economy | Surgeon general warns of 'bad' week ahead | Paul's diagnosis rattles Senate | Klobuchar's husband tests positive | Neil Diamond retools 'Sweet Caroline' | Twin toddlers talk quarantine

 

HAPPENING NOW

Back to the drawing board:

The Senate is back in session and working to pass a coronavirus stimulus package. It's pretty tense right now.

Livestream of the debate: https://cs.pn/39gSBE6

What's happening right now: "So, a bit of scheduling confusion on the Senate right now. The Senate will allow up to one hour of debate (equally divided) before reconsidering the cloture vote that failed last night." (Via Fox News Radio's Jared Halpern) https://bit.ly/2vFvCEW

This morning --Dems blocked a vote: "Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate Democrats introduce legislation to probe politicization of pandemic response Schumer interrupted during live briefing by heckler: 'Stop lying to the people' Jacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE (D-N.Y.) blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Senate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE's (R-Ky.) attempt to set up a Monday morning vote on the stimulus package, effectively delaying the vote until the afternoon." https://bit.ly/2vIDy8B

 

JUST NOW -- MITCH MCCONNELL IN A HEATED FLOOR SPEECH: 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just tore into Democrats as economic stimulus negotiations continue. The highlights: https://bit.ly/2JbADIu

In McConnell's words: "Yesterday when the time came to vote on these urgent measures, our Democratic colleagues chose to block it. So why are the American people still waiting? It's a good question to ask. I hear the markets are not doing well today." https://bit.ly/2xkQwJU

McConnell then added: "We're going to a vote in just a few minutes. I assure you the American people will be watching."

 

FOLLOWED BY Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerSenate Democrats introduce legislation to probe politicization of pandemic response Schumer interrupted during live briefing by heckler: 'Stop lying to the people' Jacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee MORE'S REMARKS:

"We hope and expect to conclude negotiations today," Schumer said. https://bit.ly/2J9HJNH

"The upcoming procedural votes are essentially irrelevant." https://bit.ly/2J7KrTV

 

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT:

Senate Democrats voted in unison to block a coronavirus stimulus package because they argue it included several "non-starters." Democrats say the bill needs to do more on sick leave and expanding unemployment insurance. https://bit.ly/2vHTzLU

The vote: 47-47. Five GOP senators are in quarantine.

  

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSocial media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates MORE's husband tests positive for coronavirus:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) husband has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

Is Sen. Klobuchar at risk?: In a Medium post, Klobuchar said she has not seen her husband in two weeks. 

In her words: "While this is his story and not mine, I wanted to let my colleagues and constituents know that since John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test." 

Read the Medium post with the news: https://bit.ly/33FJhZf

  

Hiya! The Fed here. I would like to purchase everything I can:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, "The Federal Reserve on Monday announced a drastic expansion of its efforts to bolster the U.S. economy and stabilize financial markets plunging due to the coronavirus pandemic." https://bit.ly/2UdnXHF

How: "The Federal Open Market Committee, which sets Fed monetary policy, announced Monday it would purchase an unlimited amount of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities and open three new facilities to purchase corporate and municipal debt." 

Why this is big: "The Federal Open Market Committee, which sets Fed monetary policy, announced Monday it would purchase an unlimited amount of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities and open three new facilities to purchase corporate and municipal debt."

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

An all-caps tweet at 11:50 p.m. last night:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE suggested that he might lift restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic if the economic pain becomes too great. https://bit.ly/2J5mo8e

He tweeted: "WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!" https://bit.ly/2UcpKwr

 

FOR REPORTERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE:

Via The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim, "White House officials are now asking reporters whether we've had a fever, coughing or shortness of breath in addition to taking our temperature." https://bit.ly/3af600J

 

HANDY CHART FOR WATCHING THE PRESS BRIEFINGS -- WHO IS WHO?:

https://bit.ly/39bJrbZ

 

HERE'S A TIMELINE OF THE OUTBREAK AND THE WHITE HOUSE'S RESPONSE:

https://bit.ly/33Hy7Db

  

WHERE THINGS STAND NOW

Expect for this to be a pretty bad week: Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC's "Today", "I want America to understand this week it's going to get bad." He added: "I think there are a lot of people that are doing the right things. I think unfortunately we're finding out a lot of people think this can't happen to them." https://bit.ly/33Hxppv

The surgeon general's message on the way out of last night's press briefing: "Donate blood! Donate blood. We need it." https://bit.ly/39ap4vF

Spain expanded its state of emergency: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that his country's state of emergency will extend through the second week of April. https://bit.ly/2J9Y5Gk

  

IN CONGRESS

WHO IN CONGRESS HAS THE VIRUS?:

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) in the House and in the upper chamber, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (R-Ky.). 

McAdams on what it feels like: "I'm feeling about as sick as I've been," he told CNN. "I got really labored breathing. I feel like I have a belt around my chest, really tight. When I cough, my muscles are so sore so I just feel pain every time I cough, which is frequently. I feel short of breath, and I have a fever of about 102. So, it's pretty bad." Watch his full interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer: https://cnn.it/2vFb4MO

How Rand Paul's diagnosis is sending shockwaves through the Senate: https://bit.ly/3aff7yn

 

HERE'S A LIST OF WHICH SENATORS AND HOUSE MEMBERS ARE QUARANTINING:

https://cnn.it/2xfvpJ8

 

At the Capitol: 

Watch: https://bit.ly/2J6uD3F

  

TIDBITS ELSEWHERE

What Times Square looked like on Saturday night: Here's a brief video: https://bit.ly/3aea818

Advice on social distancing from astronaut Anne McClain: https://bit.ly/2UGX7GX

One way to stay entertained: Capitol Hill Books tweeted, "Favorite email of the day so far: 'If I give you guys $100 can you send me a mystery bag of books?' Yes. Yes we can." https://bit.ly/3afeqFh

Weekend chic: Here are photos of a few senators in the Capitol over the weekend. https://bit.ly/2UaQ6yY

^ More weekend getups: https://bit.ly/33FywpL

^ And more -- it's like seeing a teacher out of class on the weekend: https://bit.ly/2JeGhJP

For fun -- here is what people in British Columbia, Canada, are stocking up on: https://bit.ly/39gBG4y

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Neil Diamond retooled 'Sweet Caroline':

 

 

Getting traction -- here are twin babies talking about the coronavirus:

Watch: https://bit.ly/3agN95m

 

ON TAP

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

Noon: The Senate met. The Senate's full schedule today: https://bit.ly/2UusuEf

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a teleconference with governors.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Late this morning: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gave an update on the coronavirus in his state. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2vHegrh

Also this morning: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE gave remarks on the coronavirus. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2xnTBsH

5:30 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2UdI48z

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chips and Dip Day.

 

And to brighten your Monday, here's a baby comforting his dog friend who is scared during a thunderstorm: https://bit.ly/2U72MHa