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The Hill's 12:30 Report : Congress passes mammoth funding bill, heads to Trump's desk

NEWS OF THE MORNING

There’s a lawmaker-shaped hole in the exit — peace out!:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, The House and Senate passed the long-awaited deal to fund the government through Oct. 1 and provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/3mKjZ42

Now what?: The bill heads to President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE’s desk where he has until Dec. 28 to sign it. Btw: The White House has said Trump will sign it. 

That’s a doozy: the bill totaled 5,593 pages (!)

 

THE SHORT VERSION OF WHAT’S IN THE BILL:

The gist of the coronavirus relief aid: “The coronavirus relief portion of the bill doesn’t include the biggest priorities for Republicans and Democrats — liability protections and more money for state and local governments, respectively.  But it does include $284 billion for another round of small business aid …  a $300-per-week federal unemployment boost for 11 weeks, a round of $600 stimulus checks for those making up to $75,000, more money for schools and hospitals, and an extension of an eviction moratorium.” 

The gist of the government funding: “The government funding portion includes $1.375 billion for 56 miles for Trump’s border wall, $5 million to create a database to track police misconduct, $153 million for programs to improve community relations with police, and a 3 percent pay raise for the military and a 1 percent pay raise for the civilian federal workforce.”

SOME INDUSTRIES ARE HAPPY WITH THIS BILL. OTHERS ARE NOT:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano: https://bit.ly/34zaRsO

 

THE BILL’S PASSAGE SETS OFF A SCRAMBLE TO DECLARE VICTORY AND ASSIGN BLAME:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: https://bit.ly/3ay5Moz



WHAT’S NEXT — DEMOCRATS ARE ALREADY EYEING ANOTHER COVID-19 RELIEF BILL:

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, “Democrats are arguing that more coronavirus relief legislation will need to be enacted early in the incoming Biden administration.” https://bit.ly/2KQ3p5r

 

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IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE

Tidbit — What will happen to Trump’s tweets when he leaves office:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3h7bije 



LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

A number of lawmakers don’t want to cut the line:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, “A small but growing number of lawmakers are declining early access to a COVID-19 vaccine that’s being offered to them under continuity of government policies.”

Who: Reps. Brian MastBrian Jeffrey MastTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote Republican war veteran gives Guard troops a tour of the Capitol LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection MORE (R-Fla.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYang's tweet in support of Israel draws praise from conservatives There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Minn.), Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' MORE (D-Hawaii), Jefferson Van Drew (R-N.J.), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Ky.) and incoming Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R-S.C.)

Why: They want health care workers and seniors to be vaccinated first.

THE LATEST NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 18,057,172

U.S. death toll: 319,827

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

NOTABLE TWEETS:

My mannnn, Tony!:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2LRHBXK

Here is video of Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines Average US daily COVID-19 cases below 40K for first time since September Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins MORE, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins receiving the Moderna vaccine: https://bit.ly/38ucR6O

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at the White House. Vice President Pence is in West Palm Beach, Fla. President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisRepublican Sean Parnell jumps into Pennsylvania Senate race Biden sees Trump rematch as real possibility Ode to Mother's Day MORE are in Wilmington, Del.

President Trump has no events scheduled.

Today: President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris receive the President’s Daily Brief and meet with advisers. 

9:15 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left for West Palm Beach, Fla.

3:50 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C.

WHAT TO WATCH:

Noon: Vice President Pence delivered remarks at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3aCYpfs

2:30 p.m. EST: President-elect Biden delivers remarks from Wilmington. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3nLr2uS

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Date Nut Bread Day.

And because I won’t be publishing the newsletter over the holidays, here are a few highlights of upcoming national food days:

Dec. 24 is National Eggnog Day. Dec. 25 is National Pumpkin Pie Day. Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day. Dec. 30 is National Bacon Day (!) And finally, *drumroll please*, Dec. 31 is National Champagne Day!

 

A super simple explanation of how the COVID-19 vaccine works:

Here’s a Twitter thread explaining how the vaccine works in layman’s terms. Just a heads up: this explanation uses a little profanity. OK, a lot of profanity. How the vaccine actually works: https://bit.ly/38rk1Zt

 

And to get your holiday off to the right start, here are dogs having a grand old time playing with a balloon: https://bit.ly/34CD2ah

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/34CD2ah