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 floor


  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 Lane



That is eery: Here is video of the empty airport, from Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president 1 suspect dead, 1 arrested in disappearance of US soldier Trump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike MORE (D-Texas):

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 Raju

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 BurgessTechnical difficulties mar several remote House hearings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don't work for Main Street; Burr to step aside The Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief MORE and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHow conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers MORE are among those ignoring that advice. So watch Jordan over Burgess's shoulder here.” (Via The New York Daily News’s Michael McAuliffWatch

Photo of Capitol Hill photographers practicing social distancing and wearing masks

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  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel  and  Facebook.

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Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits 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.

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. 

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 John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE said yesterday that he “strongly” disagrees with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) decision to begin reopening his state tomorrow. 

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 CollinsSen. Loeffler opposes WNBA Black Lives Matter plan Senate outlook slides for GOP Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle 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.”


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

On Monday: Restaurants and theaters


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.” Details



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.” 

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 McConnellLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad State and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November Teacher's union puts million behind ad demanding funding for schools preparing to reopen 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 agree




Oh no, senator. No, no, no:

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown 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 ;)

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.”

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

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats awash with cash in battle for Senate Tammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: 'Walk a mile in my legs' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark MORE (D-Calif.) joined Warner on a video chat to show him how to make a better tuna melt.



Watch — this is pretty entertaining

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).”


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 today 

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 schedule


5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream



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 long

And because you made it this far, here are two kittens sleeping however they please. Watch