The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic proposal to extend $600 unemployment checks

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OK, so what happens to those additional $600 unemployment checks?: 


Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns MORE (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to extend the additional unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposal: “The Schumer-Wyden proposal would extend the $600 increase in weekly unemployment insurance (UI) benefits past July 31 until a time when a state’s three-month average total unemployment rate falls below 11 percent. The federal benefit would drop from $600 a week by $100 for every percentage point decrease in the state’s unemployment rate, until that rate falls below 6 percent, according to a summary of the proposal provided by their offices.”

Where Senate Republicans stand: “Senate Republicans are rallying around a plan sponsored by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanNot a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Senators holding behind-the-scenes talks on breaking coronavirus package stalemate MORE (R-Ohio) to instead provide a $450-a-week bonus to people who leave the unemployment rolls and return to work, but Schumer says that won’t help people who can’t return to their old jobs or find new ones.”

How this could play out:

You have until Aug. 8 to apply for a small-business loan:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, the Senate voted unanimously to extend the deadline for businesses to apply for a loan until Aug. 8.

When the program would have expired without the extension: Yesterday

Keep in mind: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) still has around $130 billion in unspent funds.



The House is set to vote today on a $1.5 trillion green infrastructure plan.

What would likely happen in the Senate: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that an infrastructure bill set to get a vote in the House will not be taken up in the Senate.”


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2.4 million jobs added in June:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “U.S. private-sector businesses added nearly 2.4 million workers in June, according to the monthly employment report from the ADP Research Institute and Moody’s Analytics released Wednesday.”

The numbers: “Almost 1.9 million of which were at service-sector businesses shuttered by the pandemic throughout Spring … The leisure and hospitality industry led all other sectors with a gain of 961,000 jobs, followed by construction (394,000), trade and utilities (288,000) and education and health (283,000).”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,636,856

U.S. death toll: 127,427

Breakdown of the numbers:


Trump is on a lonelier no-mask island:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Juliegrace Brufke, Republican leaders are increasingly embracing and encouraging Americans to wear face masks as coronavirus cases spike across the country.

From Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Trump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: “Unfortunately this simple lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask. If you're against Trump, you do.  That is why I have suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so.”

Other top Republicans asking for people to wear masks: Senate Majority Leader McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief A trillion stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? MORE (Calif.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRepublicans fear disaster in November Gaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker House GOP pushes back at Trump on changing election date MORE (Wyo.)

The elephant in the room: Trump still refuses to wear a mask and hosts rallies where face coverings are optional.

How the GOP-Trump fractures on masks are opening up:

Interesting perspective on the first half of 2020:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “In the six months since the World Health Organization (WHO) detected a cluster of atypical pneumonia cases at a hospital in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus pandemic has touched every corner of the globe, carving a trail of death and despair as humankind races to catch up.”

“At least 10.4 million confirmed cases have been diagnosed worldwide … [and] a staggering 500,000 people around the globe have died in just six months.”

Where we now stand:

Op-ed from Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.):



I actually get what this 3-year-old means:



Can we talk about that Howie Mandel doll behind him? 5/10: 




The House and Senate are in. President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Arizona today.

9:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate met. No votes are scheduled for today. The Senate’s full schedule today:

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Phoenix.

1 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today:

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBeirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally Advocacy groups come out against Trump pick for ambassador to Germany US pledges million in disaster aid to Lebanon MORE.

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R). 

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Gov. Ducey hold a press gaggle.

4 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

8:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.


Noon: The House Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on the U.S.-China relationship after the coronavirus. Livestream:


Today is National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. It’s also National Gingersnap Day.

The news we didn’t know we needed: 

The World Dog Surfing Championships are happening one month from today. Details and photos — because I would never tease something so great without the photos:

Thanks for the tip, AP Planner:

Make this a month for movie nights: 

“For the entire month of July, WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley will rank 30 movies in 30 genres over 30 days to provide nearly 1,000 must-see movies for your streaming delight.” Details:

And because you made it to the end, here’s a scary dinosaur that may bite at times: