On The Money: McConnell not certain about fifth coronavirus package | States expected to roll out unemployment boost in late August | Navarro blasts 'stupid' Kodak execs

On The Money: McConnell not certain about fifth coronavirus package | States expected to roll out unemployment boost in late August | Navarro blasts 'stupid' Kodak execs
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THE BIG DEAL — McConnell not certain there will be a fifth coronavirus package: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday cast doubt on whether negotiators would be able to break the impasse on a fifth coronavirus package, though he said that he thinks there needs to be another bill.

"We do need another bill and I'm hoping that this impasse will end soon. ...[But] I can't tell you yet here today whether there's going to be additional relief for health care providers," McConnell said at an event in Kentucky.

"I'm hoping what we're talking about today is not that last tranche that we will make, but as of the moment, today, I can't tell you with certainty we're going to reach an agreement," he said, adding that the talks had been "further complicated" by the November elections.

McConnell's remarks come after negotiations between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats derailed earlier this month amid deep policy and political differences.

The Hill’s Jordain Carney has more here.



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States expected to roll out weekly $300 unemployment boost in late August: President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's promised top-up in unemployment benefits is expected to begin rolling out the last weekend in August, a full month after a larger benefit expired, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will administer the funds.

The Hill’s Niv Elis tells us why here.


Navarro blasts 'stupid' Kodak execs amid insider trading probe into loan: White House trade adviser Peter Navarro ripped Eastman Kodak amid an investigation into whether executives illegally disclosed information about a federal loan to produce pharmaceutical products. 

“What happened at Kodak was probably the dumbest decisions made by executives in corporate history,” Navarro said in a Monday interview with CNBC. “You can’t fix stupid. You can’t even anticipate that degree of stupidity.”

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating whether Kodak executives violated insider trading laws when disclosing a $765 million loan from the federal government. 
  • While the loan was announced on July 28, the company’s stock skyrocketed in price the prior day as the volume of Kodak shares traded increased drastically.
  • The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation announced on Aug. 7 that it was pausing the loan to Kodak after news of the SEC probe and the announcement of an internal company investigation came out earlier that day.

“We loved that project,” said Navarro, who has called for boosting U.S. production of pharmaceuticals to reduce the country’s reliance on imports, particularly from China.

“We don’t know why that happened or what they did. Let the investigation happen,” he continued. “We’re not looking in the rearview mirror.”

I have more here.