The Hill’s 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief
LATEST WITH CORONAVIRUS RELIEF
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: https://cs.pn/3bwjgi5
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE RELIEF BILL:
- More funding for small business loans
- Carveouts for smaller lenders
- Aid for hospitals
- More money for more COVID tests
- Requiring a Trump testing plan
Context and details for each from The Hill’s Sylvan Lane: https://bit.ly/2XZXCiy
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
That is eery: Here is video of the empty airport, from Rep. Sylvia Garcia (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 Raju) https://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 Burgess and Jim Jordan are among those ignoring that advice. So watch Jordan over Burgess’s shoulder here.” (Via The New York Daily News’s Michael McAuliff) Watch: https://bit.ly/2yz4OHN
Photo of Capitol Hill photographers practicing social distancing and wearing masks: https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Elizabeth Warren’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.”
LATEST WITH REOPENING THE ECONOMY
Georgia is taking heat:
President Trump 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 Collins (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
WHAT IS REOPENING IN GEORGIA:
Tomorrow: Gyms, nail salons, bowling alleys, barbers and tattoo parlors
On Monday: Restaurants and theaters https://bit.ly/2VPTgYC
HOW GEORGIA IS FACING PRESSURE TO RECONSIDER:
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: https://bit.ly/2S11PPg
THE POLITICAL DIVIDE AS SOUTHERN STATES MOVE FORWARD IN REOPENING:
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 McConnell (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: https://bit.ly/3axlZq8
Oh no, senator. No, no, no:
Sen. Mark Warner (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 Harris (D-Calif.) joined Warner on a video chat to show him how to make a better tuna melt.
Watch — this is pretty entertaining: https://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 today: https://bit.ly/3eHhGMl
3 p.m. EDT: Vice 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: https://bit.ly/3cMWdA5
WHAT TO WATCH:
5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2VSrHhi
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
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: https://cnn.it/3519ylj
And because you made it this far, here are two kittens sleeping however they please. Watch: https://bit.ly/3cF7Ngh
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