The Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief

The Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief
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Let’s do this thing!:   

The House has returned to Washington, D.C., today to pass the $484 billion Senate-passed coronavirus relief bill. 

Livestream of the House floorhttps://cs.pn/3bwjgi5


  1. More funding for small business loans 
  2. Carveouts for smaller lenders
  3. Aid for hospitals
  4. More money for more COVID tests
  5. Requiring a Trump testing plan 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Sylvan Lanehttps://bit.ly/2XZXCiy



That is eery: Here is video of the empty airport, from Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaManchin meets with Texas lawmakers on voting rights Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip MORE (D-Texas): https://bit.ly/2VUqVQD

In the House chamber: “There are signs on the chairs where members are allowed to sit, ensuring they are spread out on the floor.” (Via CNN’s Manu Rajuhttps://bit.ly/2x21Zyt

Not all members are wearing face masks: “The House's doctor advises members to wear masks to prevent them from spreading infection to others. Reps. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Americans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Biden, Putin agree to begin work on addressing cybersecurity concerns | Senate panel unanimously advances key Biden cyber nominees | Rick Scott threatens to delay national security nominees until Biden visits border Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show The tale of the last bipartisan unicorns MORE are among those ignoring that advice. So watch Jordan over Burgess's shoulder here.” (Via The New York Daily News’s Michael McAuliffWatchhttps://bit.ly/2yz4OHN

Photo of Capitol Hill photographers practicing social distancing and wearing maskshttps://bit.ly/2RZotYf

On the plane to D.C.: 

It’s Thursday. Today would have been “Take Our Sons and Daughters To Work Day,” which is now … you know … every day. 

I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel  and  Facebook.

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Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE’s brother dies of COVID-19:

Via The Boston Globe’s Jess Bidgood, 86-year-old Donald Reed Herring, the oldest brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has died from the coronavirus. https://bit.ly/2KuUXp8

From Warren: “I’m grateful to the nurses and other front-line staff who took care of my brother, but it is hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time. And now there’s no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I will miss my brother.”

Released this morning — These numbers are brutal:

Another 4.4 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week as the U.S. economy hibernates amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2VtMatQ 

That means: More than 26 million Americans have applied for unemployment insurance since March. That means we have undone the job growth since The Great Recession. 

Keep in mind — this figure it likely missing millions of Americans: “Millions more are expected to have lost their jobs, but have been unable to apply for or disqualified from receiving jobless benefits.”


Georgia is taking heat:

President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE said yesterday that he “strongly” disagrees with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to begin reopening his state tomorrow. https://bit.ly/2S0AhcF 

Trump said during yesterday’s coronavirus briefing: “I want him to do what he thinks is right, but I disagree with him on what he's doing.” 

Kemp’s precautions: Kemp said businesses will need to keep workspaces 6 feet apart, stagger shifts and test workers for fevers and respiratory illnesses.

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.) agrees with Trump — he said on “Fox & Friends.”: “The president wants the country open. I want the country open. The governor wants the country open. The problem is how do you do it? And I think that's the problem with leadership … Leadership is about communicating, and when you are not communicating clearly — look, the governor did not take away the stay-at-home order, but yet selectively decided certain businesses are going to open up.” https://bit.ly/2zmOMAZ


Tomorrow: Gyms, nail salons, bowling alleys, barbers and tattoo parlors

On Monday: Restaurants and theaters https://bit.ly/2VPTgYC


Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “GOP senators, former Trump administration officials, health experts, Georgia mayors and Democrats are expressing outrage and concern, saying Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, is risking an explosion of new coronavirus cases that could lead to a second economic shutdown for the state.” Detailshttps://bit.ly/2S11PPg




Remember our debt? That little old thing?:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Republicans are growing increasingly anxious about the meteoric rise in the country’s debt amid unprecedented levels of federal spending aimed at softening the economic impact of the coronavirus.” https://bit.ly/3axlZq8 

For context on the relief bills: “Congress has passed several relief bills in the last seven weeks that total nearly $2.8 trillion — roughly the combined total of the fiscal 2019 and 2020 discretionary spending for the entire government.”  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters: “Let's weigh this very carefully because the future of our country in terms of the amount of debt that we're adding up is a matter of genuine concern.” 

Other Republicans who agreehttps://bit.ly/3axlZq8

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/350cuyO



Oh no, senator. No, no, no:

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting On The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination MORE (D-Va.) posted a video tutorial on how to make his favorite tuna melt and was widely criticized for his technique. I’ve never seen so much mayonnaise on a single sandwich. He also microwaved his white bread! 



Watch — If I had to see this, then so do you ;)  https://bit.ly/2xIA8Us

Lol — the next internet challenge: Old Town Books’ Ally Kirkpatrick reacted: “This should be the new ice bucket challenge. Make a Warner Melt and eat the whole thing, tag a friend, and if they don’t want to self harm via tuna they have to donate to a COVID-19 relief fund or their choice.” https://bit.ly/2xREw3n

Hello and welcome to …. ‘Snacking with Senators!’:

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE (D-Calif.) joined Warner on a video chat to show him how to make a better tuna melt.



Watch — this is pretty entertaininghttps://bit.ly/2VVguwg

Lol — what The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim noticed: “Harris’s quick onion cutting trick is the most helpful thing I’ve learned on this website in days. (Or maybe ever).” https://bit.ly/3bwyZOp


Face masks are getting more fashionable: 



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

President Trump has no public events scheduled today.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence held a call with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Stakeholders to discuss the COVID-19 response. 

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3eHhGMl 

3 p.m. EDTVice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

4 ­­– 6 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate’s pro forma session. The Senate’s full upcoming schedulehttps://bit.ly/3cMWdA5


5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2VSrHhi



Today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.

15 years ago today — the first YouTube video:

Via CNN’s Leah Asmelash, on April 23, 2005, the first YouTube video was updated. Watch the first video — it’s 18 seconds longhttps://cnn.it/3519ylj

And because you made it this far, here are two kittens sleeping however they please. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3cF7Ngh