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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking — DC extends stay-at-home order | New coronavirus subcommittee holds its first hearing | Democrats’ aspirational relief bill | GOP throws cold water on the proposal | Works on their own wish list | Calif. State University system plans for virtual fall | DMV restaurant places mannequins at empty tables | National Apple Pie Day

 

LATEST WITH CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

An aspirational bill, if you will:

 

 

House Democrats released an 1,815-page $3 trillion bill for coronavirus relief yesterday, a proposal that will likely never become law but will be used to pressure reluctant Republicans to negotiate an actual bill. https://bit.ly/2Z0bgm0

Stimulus payments: “The bill would provide a new round of stimulus payments of up to $1,200 per individual, or up to $6,000 per household. Individuals making up to $75,000 annually and married couples making $150,000 would be eligible for the maximum amount.”

Food stamps: “The new bill would provide a 15 percent increase to the maximum food stamp benefit, as well as $150 million to help local food banks meet increased demand due to laid off or furloughed workers.” 

Low-income renters: “It includes $100 billion to provide emergency assistance for low-income renters at risk of eviction.” 

Full breakdownhttps://bit.ly/2Z0bgm0

EIGHT SURPRISES IN THE DEMOCRATIC BILL:

  1. Inspector general protections 
  2. Mandatory masks on Amtrak 
  3. Provisions for pot businesses
  4. Utility shut-offs
  5. EPA study on pollution and health
  6. Nursing home ‘strike teams’
  7. Funding for the arts and humanities
  8. Aid for meat and dairy industries

Explanations of each from The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wonghttps://bit.ly/2LoIHqr

SEE FOR YOURSELF — HERE’S THE FULL TEXT OF THE BILL:

Just an easy, 1,815-page read: https://bit.ly/3cvM7Uh

THE FED CHAIR SAYS THE U.S. ECONOMY MAY NEED MORE HELP:

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the struggling U.S. economy may need more fiscal assistance to rebound. https://nyti.ms/2Z6t6no

In Powell’s words: “The recovery may take some time to gather momentum, and the passage of time can turn liquidity problems into solvency problems … Additional fiscal support could be costly, but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery.”

Meanwhile — Republicans’ hopes and dreams in the next bill:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, While Senate Republicans say that House Democrats’ new $3 trillion bill is dead on arrival in the upper chamber and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) called for a “pause” on new coronavirus legislation, Republicans are starting to craft their own wish list for the next bill. 

Publicly: “Senate Republicans have publicly questioned the need to pass additional legislation soon, arguing that only a small portion of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and the $484 billion of the interim coronavirus relief bill passed in April has gone out the door.”

But privately: “But privately they admit it’s only a matter of time before another massive package passes.”  

Two proposals that are emerging from Republicans: “Two core proposals have emerged from Republican senators so far: a litigation shield for businesses that reopen while the pandemic is still going strong and a reform of beefed-up unemployment benefits that Congress approved in March that critics say are making it tougher to hire lower- and middle-income workers.”

HOW FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S CRITICISM IS GETTING UNDER THE GOP’S SKIN:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/2T1chql

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HAPPENING AT 3 P.M. EDT

The shiny, new subcommittee:

The new House coronavirus subcommittee is holding its first hearing today. https://cbsn.ws/2T2FdOB 

Who to watch today: Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner is testifying, along with four others. The list of witnesseshttps://cbsn.ws/2T2FdOB

Livestream — it starts at 3 p.m. EDTLivestreamhttps://cs.pn/2ThXw2H

WHERE THINGS STAND

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,371,395 

Deaths in the U.S.: 82,461

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

BREAKING — D.C. extends its stay-at-home order:

Washington, D.C., is extending its stay-at-home order from May 15 until June 8https://bit.ly/2WUQ8ee 

From Mayor Muriel Bowser (D): "We're not there yet and not quite ready to begin that phased new opening.” 

What we knowhttps://bit.ly/2WUQ8ee

THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM PLANS FOR ONLINE FALL CLASSES:

Via The New York Times’s Shawn Hubler, “In the most sweeping sign yet of the long-term impact of the coronavirus on American higher education, California State University, the nation’s largest four-year public university system, said on Tuesday that classes at its 23 campuses would be canceled for the fall semester, with instruction taking place almost exclusively online.” https://nyti.ms/3fMRNv1

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The Queens accent versus the Brooklyn one:

Via The Hill’s Niall StanageAnthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, is at odds with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE on the coronavirus.

What the president is arguing: “The president has argued in recent days that the threat from the coronavirus will simply ‘go away’ even in the absence of a vaccine.” 

But Fauci strongly disagrees: “That is just not going to happen,” Fauci said yesterday during his remote testimony before the Senate Health Committee. “It’s a highly transmissible virus. It is likely there will be virus somewhere on this planet that will likely get back to us.”

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/2WR10Km

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE’S CORONAVIRUS HEARING YESTERDAY:

https://bit.ly/2YXZ45h 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2Z0X9gy

INTERESTING READ

‘Meet the federal judge who pulled a surprise in the Flynn case’:

Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers, “The fate of former national security adviser Michael Flynn lies in the hands of a federal judge with an established reputation of being a fiercely independent thinker.” https://bit.ly/2WSUPW3 

“U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by former President Clinton, will determine whether to grant the request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to drop charges against Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to federal agents about conversations he had with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.” 

More on Sullivanhttps://bit.ly/2WSUPW3

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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ON TAP:

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

Noon: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2WvI4lv

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a video teleconference with higher education leaders.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisShots fired at George Floyd protest in Denver Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Colorado restaurant owners who reopened to large crowds in defiance of state order sue governor MORE (D) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) in the Rose Garden.

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. 

Thursday: President Trump travels to Pennsylvania to visit a medical equipment distributor. Detailshttps://bit.ly/2zByWCA

WHAT TO WATCH:

Today: The Supreme Court hears the oral argument for ‘Colorado Department of State v. Baca.’ Via C-SPAN, “the case involves Colorado electors and whether they can cast a vote for a person who did not win the state’s presidential popular vote.” Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3fNx8aa

3 p.m. EDT: The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis holds its first hearing. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2ThXw2H

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Apple Pie Day.

And because you made it to the end, here’s a cat who is ready to party: https://bit.ly/2yVllWN