On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer $16B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers

On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer $16B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers
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THE BIG DEAL-- Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump: The Senate easily cleared a long-stalled disaster aid package after Republicans reached a deal with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE to drop border-related provisions from the bill.

Senators voted 85-8 on the legislation, which provides $19.1 billion in recovery money for a recent slate of wildfires, hurricanes and storms. GOP Sens. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw Trump puts GOP in tough spot with remarks on foreign 'dirt' MORE (Tenn.), Mike BraunMichael BraunOvernight Health Care: Liberals rip Democratic leaders for writing drug pricing bill in secret | Dems demand answers from company that shelters migrant kids | Measles cases top 1,000 Overnight Health Care: Liberals rip Democratic leaders for writing drug pricing bill in secret | Dems demand answers from company that shelters migrant kids | Measles cases top 1,000 GOP senators ask PhRMA for solutions to lower drug prices MORE (Ind.), Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoCongress can defend against Russia by outlawing anonymous shell companies On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump MORE (Idaho), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account On The Money: Democrats move funding bills as budget caps deal remains elusive | Companies line up to weigh in on 0B China tariffs | Trudeau to talk trade with Pelosi, McConnell MORE (Utah), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid MORE (Ariz.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (Ky.), Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischUN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday UN nominee Kelly Craft to face confirmation hearing Wednesday Senate rejects effort to block Trump's Qatar, Bahrain arms sales MORE (Idaho) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Congressional Award — a beacon of hope  McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (Utah) voted against the bill.

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The House has already left for the weeklong Memorial Day recess. But a Democratic leadership aide said the caucus supports the measure and hopes to clear it by unanimous consent on Friday. The Hill's Jordain Carney tells us how we got here.

  • "We've proposed ... that we come forth with a clean disaster package, a lot of things off including border security stuff, just disaster, basically. And the president said OK," Shelby told reporters.
  • The deal, according to a GOP appropriations aide, includes a total of $19.1 billion for disaster recovery.

 

Breaking down the bill:

  • In a win for Democrats, it also includes $600 million in food stamp money for Puerto Rico and an additional $300 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants for the commonwealth.
  • The Senate's original disaster bill, which included only the food stamp funding, derailed after Trump criticized Puerto Rico's handling of recovery money during a closed-door GOP lunch. Lawmakers acknowledged earlier this week that they had finalized that portion of the package.

 

LEADING THE DAY

Trump administration announces $16B aid package for farmers hurt by trade war with China: The assistance will provide direct payments to help farmers make up for losses resulting from retaliatory tariffs Beijing imposed on major U.S. crops. Limited access to China's market has helped drive down the price of agricultural commodities since the collapse of trade talks earlier this month.

  • Beijing increased tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in response to Trump's decision to raise tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent.
  • The program is similar to a $12 billion aid package Trump approved last year amid heightened trade tensions with China.
  • It is expected to last through the rest of the year, with the first batch of payments sent out in late July or early August. The president had previously said tariff revenue would help fund the aid package but the program as described by the Agriculture Department is not expected to directly use money collected from tariffs.

"President Trump has great affection for America's farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes," Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill Federal employees turn their backs on Agriculture secretary after relocation plans announced MORE said in a statement. "In fact, I've never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump."

 

New Trump tariffs double costs to consumers, lower tax revenue, study shows:

President Trump's latest tariff increases on Chinese imports brought the annual cost of import taxes to $831 per household, according to a study on the New York Federal Reserve's blog.

The study by Mary Amiti, Stephen J. Redding, and David E. Weinstein found Trump's decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent doubles the cost to American households compared to all his previous tariffs.

The increased cost to consumers amounts to $106 billion a year.

But the higher tariffs could actually lead to a drop in revenue for the Treasury Department, because the price increase is large enough to push consumers to buy alternative offerings from countries such as Vietnam.

"According to our estimates, these higher tariffs are likely to create large economic distortions and reduce U.S. tariff revenues," the authors concluded. The Hill's Niv Elis breaks down the study here.

 

House votes to boost retirement savings: The House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill aimed at boosting retirement savings that also fixes an issue with the GOP tax law.

The bill, known as the SECURE Act, passed by a vote of 417-3. The three lawmakers who voted against the bill were GOP Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashJohn Oliver advocates Trump impeachment inquiry for 'high crimes and misdemeanors' John Oliver advocates Trump impeachment inquiry for 'high crimes and misdemeanors' The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? MORE (Mich.), Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieThis week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive House conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes MORE (Ky.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThis week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive This week: Democrats move funding bills as caps deal remains elusive On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (Texas).

The bill includes a number of provisions designed to encourage businesses to offer retirement plans and to make it easier for people to save for their retirements.

These include provisions that would make it easier for small businesses to join together to offer retirement plans, treat graduate students' stipends as compensation for purposes concerning individual retirement accounts (IRA), allow long-term and part-time workers to participate in companies' 401(k) plans, and eliminate the age maximum for contributing to IRAs.

The bill also would reverse changes that the GOP tax law made to a tax on children's unearned income known as the "kiddie tax." The changes unintentionally raised taxes on certain income received by children, such as benefits received by the children of deceased military members and first responders.

The Hill's Naomi Jagoda has more on the bill and what's next in the Senate.

 

Drink up: The trade war is also bad news for the brews: A study by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association found that direct, indirect and induced jobs dropped to 2.19 million in 2018 from 2.23 million in 2016, according to Bloomberg News, and insiders say Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are the cause.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Two House Appropriations subcommittees on Thursday passed spending bills that defy President Trump's requests to slash spending on agriculture, transportation and housing.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 375 points, or 1.4 percent, in the opening hour of trading Thursday morning, amid fears that President Trump's trade war with China is escalating. It closed down 286 points.
  • JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States by assets, will reportedly no longer offer its services to OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma over the company's alleged role in the country's opioid crisis.

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  • A top Huawei official said Thursday that the company will have its own operating system ready to replace Google and Microsoft smartphone and laptop software if permanently blocked from licensing the American products.