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Nancy Pelosi In Talks With White House To Push Through Coronavirus Package This Week



Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is in talks with the Trump administration to help reshape the coronavirus package that she put out Wednesday evening, hoping to address some of the objections President Trump had with the legislation and get it through this week.

Despite the fact that there was some initial opposition to the bill from the administration which were also reiterated by members of the GOP on Capitol Hill, Pelosi stated during her press conference on Thursday that she is optimistic that a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will be reached.

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“They made suggestions to the language,” Pelosi said at a press conference. “We’re agreeing to most of them because they’re not that different.”

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“So, we don’t need 48 hours, we need to just make a decision to help families, right now, because we have to operate not as business as usual, but in an emergency status, where we have to get the job done,” Pelosi added, referring to a comment from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy earlier Thursday that Democrats and Republicans could get something done within 48 hours.

On Thursday, Pelosi told reporters the House is aiming to take up the coronavirus measure quickly, pass it, and then leave for recess. It would be up to the Republican-led Senate to take the House bill, or reject it, she added.

Through Mnuchin, President Trump is making his demands for the coronavirus economic package, while Republican leaders in the House and Senate are expected to follow his lead and pass whatever the administration agrees to.

President Trump stated on Thursday that he isn’t supportive of the legislation put forward by Democrats, stating that he favored a payroll tax cut instead.

“There are things in there that have nothing to do with what we’re talking about. [It’s] not a way for them to get some of the goodies they haven’t been able to get for the past 25 years,” the president said.

The House bill includes provisions that entitle workers who end up affected by the coronavirus to have paid sick leave and would create a new “emergency paid leave” federal benefit that would financially support individuals forced into a coronavirus quarantine.

The legislation would also expand the food stamp program and unemployment insurance for individual who are impacted by the illness, as well as the schools and business closures. It also aims to provide kids who normally get a free school lunch with food.

After the bill was introduced late last night, it received criticism from Republicans.

“House Democrats instead chose to produce an ideological wish list that was not tailored closely to the circumstances,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday morning on the Senate floor.

McCarthy said during a press conference that he didn’t favor the bill, but he also said that a deal could be struck with Democrats to pass a coronavirus economic response package within 48 hours.

Here’s to hoping that both sides of the political spectrum are able to set aside their differences and come up with some sort of bill that will help folks impacted by the virus without stripping more individuals of their liberty.


Charges Announced in the Death of Daunte Wright

The charges may not appease protesters, however.



As Minneapolis and her suburbs contuse to grapple with violence and looting in the aftermath of the death of Daunte Wright, officials on Wednesday announced charges against the officer involved in the case. Wright was shot and killed several days ago in an incident that was described as “accidental” by the police chief of Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis where, coincidentally, the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is currently ongoing. Now it appears as though another trial will be coming to the greater Minneapolis area in the coming months. Local prosecutors in Minnesota on Wednesday are expected to charge former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, as civil unrest has persisted for three consecutive nights, with demonstrations spilling into Minneapolis. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is expected to announce the second-degree manslaughter charge later Wednesday. Orput did not immediately return a voicemail left by Fox News on Wednesday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, according to The Associated Press. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, KSTP and Minnesota Public Radio all reported Orput’s expected charging announcement. Potter is believed to have been reaching for her taser when she accidentally brandished her service pistol instead, striking and killing Wright with one projectile, while expressing her disbelief as seen and heard on body cam footage.

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Despite Travel Warning, MI Health Official Visits Popular Spring Break Spot

And it’s not the first time that Michigan officials have been caught flouting their own guidance.



While we may be nearing the end, or at least the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still some pockets of the nation where trouble remains high.  Michigan just happens to be one of those places. This, despite the draconian lockdowns imposed by controversial Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who has been the target of a number of harsh criticisms over her handling of the pandemic. Now, in what some seem to believe could be a brazen flouting of their own advice, one top health official in the state has jetted off to a popular spring break destination while Michigan itself remains under a travel advisory. Michigan’s new health director traveled to Alabama last week shortly after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer discouraged residents from traveling as the state leads the nation in the highest number of new coronavirus cases, a local news service first reported this week. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel was in Gulf Shores, Ala., according to the Michigan Information & Research Service. Gulf Shores is a popular resort destination along the Gulf of Mexico. A DHHS spokesperson told Fox News the agency does not “discuss the director’s personal schedule.” The locals were not amused. “The sheer brazenness of Gov. Whitmer and her staff is truly something else,” Michigan GOP spokesman Ted Goodman told Fox News. “The fact that our Governor and her top staff think it’s appropriate to travel out of state on vacation as Michigan faces the worst COVID numbers of any state in the country just reveals the arrogance and condescending nature of this administration. Whitmer’s position on the draconian lockdown orders is simple — rules for thee, but not for me.” This isn’t the first time that Michigan officials have been caught ignoring their own advice, with Governor Whitmer’s…

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