Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Many House members are scrambling to book flights and return to Washington amid concerns that they could be requested to show up in person and vote on the historic stimulus bill, infuriating lawmakers who are nervous about traveling during the coronavirus crisis.

The fear is that one member — potentially GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky — could prevent the House from approving the $2 trillion bill by voice vote, forcing them instead to cast a roll-call vote in person. That has angered many members, who are now forced to decide whether to skip a vote on the biggest rescue package in American history — or travel to Washington and risk their personal well-being.
On a conference call Thursday, many House Democrats expressed deep concerns about traveling, worried about contracting the virus and spreading it to their families, sources on the call said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that if they are unable to pass the bill by voice vote, then they would have a roll call vote on final passage on Friday, according to three sources on the call.

Source: Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus – CNNPolitics

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Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election until June 2

Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state’s primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state’s spreading coronavirus cases.

Source: Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election until June 2

Coronavirus stimulus over $6 trillion, Larry Kudlow says

WASHINGTON — An emergency stimulus package to bailout the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus pandemic will total $6 trillion — a quarter of the entire country’s GDP, the White House said Tuesday.

Trump administration economist Larry Kudlow said the package would include $4 trillion in lending power for the Federal Reserve as well as a $2 trillion aid package currently being hammered out by Congress.

“This package will be the single largest main street assistance program in the history of the United States,” Kudlow said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday evening.

Included in the package is Congress’ almost $2 trillion emergency bill which, when passed, will issue direct checks for American families, bailouts for the airline industry and a $350 billion loan program for struggling small businesses.

The other $4 trillion will allow the Federal Reserve to make huge emergency bailouts to whatever entity it chooses — a measure that was used to prop-up Wall Street firms from collapse during the 2008 financial crisis.

Source: Coronavirus stimulus over $6 trillion, Larry Kudlow says

Coronavirus stimulus bill: Democrats and Republicans appear very close to a $2 trillion deal | World news | The Guardian

Trump suggests he wants to reopen economy and continues to attack Pelosi over her own stimulus proposal

Source: Coronavirus stimulus bill: Democrats and Republicans appear close to $2tn deal | World news | The Guardian

Senate fails to move forward with coronavirus ‘Phase 3′ bill amid Dems’ opposition | Fox News

The GOP-controlled Senate on Sunday failed to move forward with considering the $1.4 trillion “Phase Three” stimulus package intended to help businesses and families devastated by the downturn over the coronavirus outbreak, as Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., blasted Democrats opposed to the plan.

The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus. Senators were asked to practice social distancing and were given a list of health guidelines to follow while entering the chamber.

Many Democrats had complained that the draft aid package did not go far enough to provide health care and unemployment aid for Americans, and failed to put restraints on a proposed $500 billion “slush fund” for corporations, saying the ban on corporate stock buy-backs are weak and the limits on executive pay would last only two years.

Source: Senate fails to move forward with coronavirus ‘Phase 3′ bill amid Dems’ opposition | Fox News

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first known U.S. senator to test positive.
  • He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends. No staff member has been in contact with Paul since his D.C. office began working remotely 10 days ago.
  • Paul was the only senator to vote against the first round of emergency coronavirus funding of $8 billion earlier this month.

Source: Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

McConnell sets first coronavirus stimulus package vote for Sunday | TheHill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has set up the first vote related to a mammoth stimulus package over the coronavirus for Sunday.

Source: McConnell sets first coronavirus stimulus package vote for Sunday | TheHill

Four senators reportedly sold stock before markets’ coronavirus spiral – YouTube

Four U.S. senators reportedly sold stocks before the coronavirus sent markets plunging. Republican Senator Richard Burr sold up to roughly $1.7 million in mid-February, days after penning an op-ed assuring Americans that the U.S. was prepared to handle the disease. No charges have been filed and there is no evidence any of the four senators had insider information.

Coronavirus updates: Senate passes paid leave relief bill

The Senate sends the coronavirus response bill to President Donald Trump for his signature as it prepares a huge stimulus package.

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to expand paid leave and unemployment benefits in response to the coronavirus pandemic, part of a staggering response expected in the coming weeks to avoid economic calamity.

The chamber approved the bipartisan plan in a 90-8 vote. Two senators — Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado and Rick Scott of Florida — did not vote while in self quarantine after exposure to people with the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19.

Some GOP lawmakers opposed the bill, arguing it could harm small businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he would vote for the plan despite what he called “real shortcomings.” With the urgent need to take action, “I do not believe we should let perfection be the enemy of something that will help even a subset of workers,” he said.

Source: Coronavirus updates: Senate passes paid leave relief bill

Joe Biden sweeps the night and wins Florida, Illinois and Arizona to extend his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders – CNNPolitics

Former Vice President Joe Biden will sweep Tuesday’s races and win the Arizona, Illinois and Florida Democratic primaries, CNN projects, victories that will allow him to substantially expand his delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as they vie for the Democratic nomination.

Source: Joe Biden sweeps the night and wins Florida, Illinois and Arizona to extend his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders – CNNPolitics

Who won the Biden-Sanders debate?  | Opinion | The Guardian

The former vice-president and his more leftwing rival faced off in the first two-person Democratic debate

Jessa Crispin: ‘Sanders was too gentle on Biden’

Throughout this primary, I’ve heard supporters of other candidates complain about Bernie Sanders’ tendency to raise his voice. Where the hell was that yelling Bernie on Sunday night? His tendency to try to keep an undignified process dignified and his discomfort with going for Joe Biden’s throat were on clear display. If Biden wins the nomination, he’s going to have to debate the least classy man ever to appear in World Wrestling Entertainment. Bernie would have been doing us – and frankly, Joe as well – a favor by channeling gay rights king Stone Cold Steve Austin and pinning Biden on issues like how the 2008 bank bailout was disastrous for homeowners, or how his warmongering has stuck us in an endless war, or how the Violence Against Women Act that he loves to brag about did basically nothing to prevent violence in relationships.

For a while, I felt like I was watching a Beckett play, with two old men on stage talking about totally different realities, talking past one another as if they did not even exist within the same space and time. Here was Bernie Sanders, acknowledging how our flawed and deteriorated health system could enable coronavirus to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans. And here was Biden, convinced he was in Independence Day, saying the coronavirus “is like we’re being attacked from abroad” – although a bunch of people getting sick because the government is too timid to ask people not to go to a goddamn St Patrick’s Day bar crawl is not exactly an alien invasion. He talked about sending the military in to deal with it, as if it were a foreign country of brown people, with oil reserves.

Source: Who won the Biden-Sanders debate? Our panelists weigh in | Opinion | The Guardian

Louisiana postpones primary as states scramble to adjust to coronavirus – POLITICO

It’s the first primary to be postponed since the outbreak of the virus. Four states voting this Tuesday say they will continue as planned.

Louisiana will postpone its presidential primary, which was originally scheduled for April 4, as part of the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state is the first in the nation to postpone a primary since the outbreak of the virus. Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced the contest will be delayed until June 20.

Source: Louisiana postpones primary as states scramble to adjust to coronavirus – POLITICO

Pelosi To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor Thursday

The House planned a vote on legislation that includes paid sick leave, unemployment assistance, nutrition aid and help with states.

Source: Pelosi To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor Thursday

Gabby Giffords endorses Joe Biden for President – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, a key voice on gun violence prevention, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, calling him the “choice for a true gun safety president.”

“Joe Biden leads with his heart. He has the compassion and toughness to lead on gun safety,” Giffords said in a statement Wednesday morning. “I’ve witnessed him comfort the survivors of gun violence, and I’ve seen him fight for solutions to gun violence—and win. This is the leadership we need in the White House. Joe Biden is the choice for a gun safety president.”
Biden thanked Giffords for her support, calling her an “American hero who embodies the courage and tenacity we need to take on and defeat the gun lobby.”

Source: Gabby Giffords endorses Joe Biden for President – CNNPolitics

Missouri primary election results: Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders, NBC projects

Joe Biden will win the Missouri Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, NBC News projects, setting him up to take another healthy chunk of delegates in his race with Bernie Sanders.

Missouri has 68 pledged delegates up for grabs. The former vice president will come away with at least 3 of them, while the Vermont senator will win 15 or more, according to NBC.

The projected win adds to Biden’s early success on a night when six states held Democratic nominating contests. The front-runner to face President Donald Trump will also win the Mississippi primary, NBC projected.

In its 2016 primary, Hillary Clinton won Missouri by a tight margin, garnering 50% of the vote to Sanders’ 49%. Four years ago, the Vermont senator won a majority of white voters even as black voters overwhelmingly favored Clinton, according to exit polls.

Source: Missouri primary election results: Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders, NBC projects

Dems condemning Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut after previously supporting Obama’s | Fox News

Democrats are lining up to condemn President Trump’s proposal to eliminate payroll taxes amid the coronavirus outbreak, even though many of them were lock-step in supporting former President Obama’s two-percent payroll tax cut in 2010.

The apparent flip-flop came as stocks rebounded on Tuesday on news of the president’s coronavirus initiatives, with the Dow posting its third-biggest point gain in history. Trump has called for a “dramatic” payroll tax cut, and Fox News is told there has been consideration of suspending the payroll tax for three months, through the fall, or even through the end of the year.

Source: Dems condemning Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut after previously supporting Obama’s | Fox News

Bernie Sanders, at Fox News Town Hall, hits Clinton for efforts ‘relive’ 2016, Biden for backing ‘crooks’ | Fox News

As his struggling campaign seeks a big win in Michigan’s Tuesday primary, Bernie Sanders took the stage at a Fox News Town Hall in Detroit and wasted little time in dismissing frontrunner Joe Biden as a friend to “crooks” — and former rival Hillary Clinton as a bitter ex-candidate stuck in the past.

“I always give this guy a hard time,” Sanders joked at the outset, referring to Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier, who was hosting the town hall alongside Martha MacCallum. “This is going to be fun tonight,” Baier responded.

Within minutes, Sanders took aim at the frontrunner in the race, saying Joe Biden had “bailed out the crooks on Wall Street who nearly destroyed our economy 12 years ago.” That $700 billion rescue plan also had the support of then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

Source: Bernie Sanders, at Fox News Town Hall, hits Clinton for efforts ‘relive’ 2016, Biden for backing ‘crooks’ | Fox News

Ted Cruz self-quarantines after interaction with CPAC attendee who has coronavirus

uhSen. Ted Cruz said he would remain at home in Texas for the next week after he interacted with a person infected with the coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Source: Ted Cruz self-quarantines after interaction with CPAC attendee who has coronavirus

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders emerge as frontrunners | The 2020 Fix – YouTube

Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are the remaining top contenders to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The Fix’s Aaron Blake looks at what’s next in the race. Read more: https://wapo.st/39AD6I0. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: https://wapo.st/2QOdcqK

Closed, abandoned Pittsburgh schools costing taxpayers nearly $450K to maintain

PITTSBURGH — Hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars are being used to keep closed, empty schools essentially open.

Pittsburgh is home to several of these buildings, some which haven’t been used by the district for years.

Source: Closed, abandoned Pittsburgh schools costing taxpayers nearly $450K to maintain