The Hill's 12:30 Report: Stimulus package heads to House

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Unemployment claims skyrocket to 3.3M | Senate passes $2.2T stimulus | Seven things to know about the package | Answers on relief checks | Hoyer says House to take up bill on Friday | Lawmakers to take voice vote | US coronavirus cases surpass 60k | Trump set for clash over reopening economy | How MLB is celebrating 'Opening Day at Home' | Kids who interrupted dad's BBC interview return 

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Unemployment claims skyrocketed:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, more than 3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus has stalled the economy. https://bit.ly/3dw35mn

For context on the number of claims: During the week of March 8 – 14, 281,000 people filed for unemployment benefits. During the week of March 15 – 22, 3,283,000 people filed for unemployment. 

From the former chief economist at the Department of Labor during the Obama administration: 

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TIDBIT -- TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN MLB'S OPENING DAY:

https://bit.ly/2Jjex77

  

IN CONGRESS

Step one: check!:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, the Senate passed the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill last night to boost the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2QKJ6Xe

The vote: 96-0

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFor city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now US ill-prepared for coronavirus-fueled mental health crisis Schumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe MORE (R-Ky.) said before the vote: "This is not even a stimulus package. It is emergency relief. Emergency relief. That's what this is."

 

SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS STIMULUS PACKAGE:

Cash assistance -- "The Senate bill will provide a one-time $1,200 check for an individual making up to $75,000 per year or $2,400 for couples earning less than $150,000."

What about President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE's businesses? -- "Democrats got a provision tucked into the massive legislation that prevents businesses controlled by President Trump from receiving loans or investments from Treasury programs included in the bill." 

Unemployment -- "The bill provides four months of bolstered unemployment benefits as Congress braces for a spike in jobless claims..." 

Corporate fund -- "The bill includes a $500 billion corporate liquidity fund to help companies impacted by the coronavirus access credit."

Health care -- "In addition to economic assistance, the bill includes $100 billion for hospitals, which have warned they could soon be overwhelmed by the steady increase in coronavirus cases." 

Military funding can't be shifted to the border wall -- "The Senate bill prevents the Pentagon from shifting $10.5 billion in coronavirus funding to a counterdrug account it has been using to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall." 

Student loans -- "The bill would defer payments for federally owned student loans for six months, through Sept. 30." 

Context and details for each: https://bit.ly/2wv6lhr

 

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE CHECK PAYMENTS TO AMERICANS:

Including the check amounts, who is eligible, how the checks will be sent and a timeline of when to expect them: https://bit.ly/2UjbNwI

  

What next -- to the House!:

The Senate-passed economic stimulus bill is heading to the House where House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense: Democrats expand probe into State IG's firing | House schedules late June votes with defense bill on deck | New Navy secretary sworn in House scheduled to return for votes in late June House pushes back schedule to pass spending bills MORE (D-Md.) said he expects the package to pass on Friday morning. https://bit.ly/3dxDrhe

How the vote will happen: By voice vote, so members are not required to travel to D.C., but any member who wants to be there can be. 

From Hoyer: "In order to protect the safety of Members and staff and prevent further spread of COVID-19 through Members' travel, the Republican Leader and I expect that the House vote on final passage will be done by voice vote. Members who want to come to the House Floor to debate this bill will be able to do so."

What about members who want to voice their opinions but don't want to travel to D.C?: Hoyer said his office is still working on that.

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

This could get ugly:

Via The Hill's John Kruzel, "President Trump's aggressive timeline for reopening the economy could set the White House on a collision course with governors and mayors who seem intent on maintaining social distancing policies beyond the president's Easter target date if necessary." https://bit.ly/2UBNw46

Timing: "Trump's proposal on Tuesday to ease restrictions by mid-April came as a number of state and local governments have moved in the opposite direction, heeding the advice of public health officials to implement stay-at-home orders and close nonessential businesses to stem the rising number of coronavirus infections."

  

WHERE THINGS STAND

Cases in the U.S.: The number of confirmed cases surpassed 60,000 yesterday. https://on.wsj.com/3dG94oW

Interesting read -- 'How the Pandemic Will End': Via The Atlantic's Ed Yonghttps://bit.ly/2QMvoTU

 

LIGHTER TIDBITS

This is pretty funny:

Watch: https://bit.ly/2QLV3w4

 

They are so grown up!!:

Watch: https://bit.ly/2UhNQ98

How you know this family: Remember the viral clip of a man's two small children interrupting his live TV interview. Watch -- I'm laughing out loud by myself rewatching this: https://bit.ly/3axlFbK

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

This is incredible:

 

And because these have kept me very entertained, here are more:

 

ON TAP

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

8 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in a Group of 20 Leaders' video conference.

Noon: President Trump and Vice President Pence participated in a teleconference with governors.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a Coronavirus Task Force meeting.

April 20: The Senate reconvenes. The Senate's full upcoming schedule: https://bit.ly/2ybF8kb

  

WHAT TO WATCH

1 p.m. EDT: Leaders of the U.S. Army are holding a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2xpdLmf

5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3ajfPLi

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Spinach Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here's a man and his dog chilling during social distancing: https://bit.ly/3bpSSGj