WASHINGTON– The additional $600 a week Congress added to welfare is set to end in a matter of days, and Republicans and Democrats stay as far apart as ever on an offer to extend the money– both in between their celebrations and within them.
Senate Republicans have actually postponed revealing their own legislation to extend the advantages all week, with Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now stating Republican politicians in his chamber will launch their expense on Monday.
Democratic leaders won’ t have much time to work out prior to advantages end. Even though the additional money was expected to last till the end of July, lots of receivers will get their final $600 on Saturday or Sunday, since a lot of states pay advantages on the weekend and July 31 is a Friday. (Routine state welfare, which are much lower, will continue.)
And when legislators lastly navigate to hashing out final language with Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might discover that lots of Democrats in her own caucus won’ t accept a quantity lower than $600
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, informed HuffPost today that it would be tough for her to vote for anything less than “the full $600.”
“They passed a $2 trillion tax cut,” Jayapal stated of Republicans, describing their 2017 tax law. “Now they want to say that they’re not going to give 600 bucks to people at a time when they’ve lost their jobs, they’ve lost their health care, they’ve lost all certainty, they’re under so much stress. People are dying.”
When HuffPost asked if there was a number she might cope with, considered that Republicans are highly opposed to extending the full $600 over their issues that people may make more on unemployment than they were at their tasks, Jayapal stated it was “crazy” that anybody would discuss cutting the dollar quantity.
“Why would you under any circumstance talk about cutting that number, when we have so much devastation?” she asked.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) throughout a committee hearing on the articles of impeachment versus President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill Dec. 11,2019 Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, stated it would be “crazy” to discuss anything less than $600 in additional weekly advantages.
Jayapal likewise desires automated triggers so that the $600 stages out just as financial conditions enhance and not on an approximate due date– like in January after, state, Joe Biden wins the presidency and Republicans all of a sudden start declaring they appreciate the deficit once again.
And Jayapal isn’t alone.
A variety of liberal Democrats that HuffPost talked with today appeared very reluctant to discuss any quantity less than $600 And some stated they desired extra guarantees beyond the existing policies.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) stated she didn’t understand why automated triggers weren’t consisted of in the legislation passed in March. She added that it would be difficult for her to vote for any offer except the existing $600
“We will have to see the conditions and the circumstances. There may be some sort of trade-off in terms of length,” Ocasio-Cortez stated, discussing that if the additional advantages opted for a full year, she might possibly think about a lower quantity.
However Ocasio-Cortez stated she didn’t see how Democrats might boil down substantially from $600 and still fulfill people’s requirements.
A full year of advantages, automated stabilizers, and a renewal of the whole $600 is far from the offer Republican politicians are thinking about.
Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stated that when Republicans lastly reveal their coronavirus expense, it will “continue some temporary federal supplement to unemployment insurance while fixing the obvious craziness of paying people more to remain out of the workforce.”
Democrats initially promoted $600 since they desired the federal government to match laid-off employees’ lost salaries, however state labor departments utilize ancient software application that could not deal with millions of personalized federal payments. They went with $600 since it’s approximately the distinction in between the typical weekly wage and the typical state advantage.
Republicans have actually been coy about how much additional money they wish to provide employees. Some have actually recommended dollar amounts as low as $100 or $200 Some have stated they need to change the advantages with a “return to work bonus” that would offer a swelling amount for people who go back to their tasks. And others are now discussing seeing if state labor force companies are all set to determine how to pay personalized amounts to match a part of people’s previous incomes.
Unemployed employees, for their part, have actually regularly reported that they can’t even get their state unemployment department to get the phone if they have a problem with their claim.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who has actually represented the administration in Capitol Hill settlements, stated Thursday the Republican politician proposition would be “ based upon around 70% wage replacement.” If he wanted a flat dollar quantity, 70% wage replacement would indicate something in between $300 and $400
Congress has actually never ever supplemented welfare like this. In every economic crisis given that World War II, legislators have actually added additional weeks of advantages for employees who consume the requirement 26 weeks offered by states. The only other time Congress offered the out of work a real raise remained in 2009, when a stimulus expense added simply $25 to weekly advantages.
The additional money is a testimony to the depth of the coronavirus economic crisis, with the highest out of work rate given that the Great Anxiety. And the economy might suffer even more if the additional money disappears.
On top of unemployment, legislators are likewise searching for a balance on a variety of other sticking points, consisting of a state and city government bailout, specific stimulus checks, more money for coronavirus screening and contact tracing, funds for school reopenings, danger spend for employees, and family leave policies. Your house passed a Democratic expense that did all those things back in Might, while the Senate validated some judges as unemployment claims installed and the scholastic year loomed without any national prepare for schools to resume securely.
All of this is to state that a final offer would be made complex and does not look like it might rapidly emerge, though White House chief of personnel Mark Meadows has actually informed press reporters in the last 2 days that legislators and the administration have actually advanced the ball from their own 20- backyard line to their own 35- backyard line.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gets to the Capitol for a conference with Senate Bulk Leader Mitch McConnell about the COVID-19 relief strategy, on Thursday, July 23,2020 Mnuchin has actually been representing the White House in Capitol Hill settlements.
The sluggish development has actually caused some legislators dabbling the concept of a short-lived extension for the additional welfare– simply enough time so that Congress can develop an offer without advantages lapsing, however short sufficient to keep the pressure on.
However even that concept is questionable. House Bulk Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Since he desired to provide people “the security they are not going to be let down and fall through the cracks in September and October.”
, informed press reporters this week that he does not prefer a short-lived extension.
And chief deputy whip Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who is the sponsor of an expense to extend the additional $600 for the remainder of the year, stated a short-lived extension would simply add unpredictability for households and the economy.
“Everybody knows what they need to know now to make this decision,” Kildee stated.
However most rank-and-file Democrats informed HuffPost they would definitely support a short-lived extension.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, stated he would support anything that avoided a lapse for people getting those advantages, which belief was echoed by almost every Democrat we talked with.
“As opposed to letting it lapse? Yeah,” Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) stated.
HuffPost readers: Are you getting welfare? What has the additional $600 suggested to you, and what would your life be like without it? Inform us– e-mail [email protected] and please include your telephone number if you want to be talked to.
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee is in a coma, but his vitals are stable, He said the Army’s Research and Referral (R & R) hospital on Thursday morning. The former President Pranab Mukherjee was transferred to the hospital after he suffered a fall at his residence on Monday. After the discovery of a clot, he underwent surgery in his brain. Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee admitted into the R&R hospital. He went to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Last Monday, he underwent brain surgery after a clot was found.
A lot of Speculations and Rumours are Circulating on Social Media about the Health of Former President Pranab Mukherjee.
On Thursday, the son of Former President, Abhijit tweeted and asked people to stop circulating fake news about the health of Pranab Mukherjee. Mukherjee’s daughter, Sharmistha, also tweeted that people should not spread rumors about India’s former President (1).
On Wednesday, she also shared a prayer from her Twitter account. She said that 8 August 2019 was one of the happiest days of her life. It was because her father, the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, received the Bharat Ratna award. Now, exactly a year later, he fell critically ill. She further prayed to God to give what is best for her father. Sharmistha also asked to provide her with the strength to accept the sorrow and joys of life. She also thanked all for their concerns regarding the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee (2).
On Monday, former President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted that he has tested positive for coronavirus. During his visit to the healthcare center for a different procedure, he was found positive for COVID-19. He further, also requested people who came in contact with his in the previous week, to test themselves for coronavirus.
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Ga. School District Quarantines Hundreds Of Students Over Fears Of COVID-19 Exposure
Barely a week after Georgia reopened its public schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a school district north of Atlanta has ordered 925 students, teachers and staff to self-quarantine after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus. The district also announced the temporary closing of one of its hardest-hit high schools.
Cherokee County School District Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement Tuesday that there had been 59 positive COVID-19 tests among students and staff since the Aug. 3 reopening.
“We are not hesitating to quarantine students and staff who have had possible exposure – even if the positive test was prompted by possible exposure rather than symptoms, as all positive cases can lead to the infection of others,” Hightower said.
He said Etowah High School would be closed to in-person learning effective at the end of classes on Tuesday. At the end of Monday, about 300 of the school’s 2,400 students, or 12.5%, were under quarantine, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The superintendent’s statement came a day after Gov. Brian Kemp said at a news conference that the reopening of the schools had gone well.
Although the governor has encouraged the wearing of masks, which have been shown to significantly reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he has insisted he will not require them. On Monday, Kemp ruled out any directive requiring students to wear masks, leaving that decision instead to district superintendents.
The Cherokee schools, with more than 42,000 students, opted not to mandate masks. It’s a decision that some parents have applauded. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that about a dozen of them staged a rally on Tuesday in Canton, Ga., in support of the district.
It’s not clear how many Georgia schools mandate masks, as they are not required to report that information, a spokeswoman for the state’s department of health told NPR.
Cherokee public schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said the district had “made clear” that “we anticipated positive tests among students and staff could occur, which is why we put a system into place to quickly contact trace, mandate quarantines, notify parents and report cases and quarantines to the entire community.”
In an email to NPR, Jacoby added, “It’s worth noting that this level of public reporting is not required in any way, but is keeping with our longstanding commitment to transparency.”
— Ellen Eldridge (@EllenEldridge27) August 11, 2020
In a news conference on Monday alongside U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams at a new mega COVID-19 testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Kemp, a Republican, praised what he described as the mostly smooth opening of the schools, with the exception of some photos shared on social media of crowded hallways of unmasked students.
Last week, a picture of hallways packed with students at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. – with all but a few not wearing masks — made the rounds on social media. Six students and three staff later tested positive for the coronavirus, and the school was closed for two days to be disinfected.
“I think quite honestly this week went real well other than a couple of virtual photos,” Kemp said at Monday’s news conference. “But the attitude from what they’re telling me was good.”
He acknowledged, however, there will “definitely” be COVID-19 cases “when you open anything,” adding that’s why testing and making sure schools have adequate masks and cleaning equipment is important.
Last month, Kemp sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after her directive that city residents wear masks in public amid skyrocketing cases in the capital – a stricter standard than the governor himself had issued. The lawsuit argued that Bottoms “does not have the legal authority to modify, change or ignore Governor Kemp’s executive orders.”
The Big Ten, Pac-12 Postpone Football, Other Fall Sports Over Coronavirus Concerns
Updated 6:32 p.m. ET
Two major college conferences — the Big Ten and Pac-12 — each announced Tuesday they were sidelining college football and other fall sports because of the coronavirus, just weeks before schools were scheduled to play their first games.
The Big Ten, which includes universities with powerhouse sports programs, such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State, said it will look at holding some competitions in the spring.
The Pac-12, which includes elite sports programs Stanford, UCLA, USC and University of Oregon, announced shortly after the Big Ten, adding that officials reached a unanimous decision to call off athletic competition through the calendar year.
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and president of Northwestern University, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to football, the Big Ten’s decision postpones fall sports such as cross-country, field hockey, soccer and women’s volleyball. Under the college schedule, basketball is categorized as a winter sport.
News that the Big Ten would postpone or cancel the 2020-21 football season was first reported by the Detroit Free Press on Monday.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
“Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”
The Pac-12 also said that when conditions improve, a return for impacted sports would be considered after January.
All of the Power Five conferences – the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12 and Big 12 – had previously announced their schools would be playing almost entirely within their own conferences for the upcoming season, hoping to preserve a popular fall ritual and fulfill TV contracts that bring in billions of dollars each year.
The Big Ten was among the first Football Bowl Subdivision conferences to adopt the conference-only plan — and now, it’s among the first to abandon it.
Other Power Five conferences could follow suit, but the SEC commissioner said late Tuesday his conference still intends to play.
Sportscaster Dan Patrick announced on his radio program Monday, “The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them.”
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow… The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
Patrick added that a source told him that the SEC is seeking exclusive television contracts and might bring in other schools, including some from the ACC and from Big 12 conference, to play games.
College head coaches speak out
Not everyone in the Big Ten agreed with the decision.
As rumors of the move circulated on Monday, Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost told reporters that his university “is committed to playing … no matter what that looks like.” Frost even left the door open to playing outside his conference, adding, “we’re prepared to look for other options.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh also pushed for playing games, saying, “This virus can be controlled.”
“I’m not advocating for football this fall because of my passion or our players desire to play but because of the facts accumulated over the last eight weeks since our players returned to campus on June 13,” Harbaugh wrote in a statement.
He also outlined several benchmarks that he says the Michigan program has met since football players returned to campus in June, including “zero positive tests among the coaches and staff over the entire eight weeks of testing” and “zero pauses in our training.”
“This isn’t easy. This is hard,” Harbaugh said. “We respect the challenge that the virus has presented. however we will not cower from it.”
Alabama coach Nick Saban agreed, telling ESPN on Monday that players would be safer living under the structure of his football program — if the season remains intact.
“I know I’ll be criticized no matter what I say, that I don’t care about player safety,” said Saban, who coaches in the SEC.
“Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home. We have around a 2% positive ratio on our team since the Fourth of the July. It’s a lot higher than that in society,” Saban said. “We act like these guys can’t get this unless they play football. They can get it anywhere, whether they’re in a bar or just hanging out.”
The Big Ten is sidelining fall sports less than a week after the conference announced plans to hold a 10-game, conference-only schedule that could kick off as early as Sept. 5.
But as news about the looming change emerged, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican, sent a letter Monday to the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten, telling them, “We should not cancel the college football season.”
“Life is about tradeoffs,” Sasse, a former president of Midland University in Fremont, Neb., wrote, adding that “these young men need a season.”
“There are no guarantees that college football will be completely safe — that’s absolutely true; it’s always true. But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely safer than what the lived experience of 18- to 22-year-olds will be if there isn’t a season,” Sasse wrote.
On Monday afternoon, President Trump lent his support to college athletes, coaches and fans who are urging conference officials to allow football games to go ahead.
“Play College Football,” Trump said in one tweet.
“The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled,” Trump said in another tweet that used the hashtag “WeWantToPlay.”
The latter was a retweet of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of several top players who are expressing their desire to take the field — and who are calling for measures they say would provide safety and equity for players.
The measures include establishing universal health and safety procedures to protect college athletes among all NCAA conferences, allowing those who don’t want to play to opt out and guaranteeing eligibility whether a player chooses to play or not.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
The Big Ten announced its decision one day after the Mountain West Conference, which includes Colorado State and Boise State, announced “the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports contests and MW championship events” citing virus concerns.
Over the weekend, the Mid-American Conference announced it was postponing “all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to the concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.”
The MAC Council of Presidents vote was unanimous.
However, MAC officials said the hope is to hold competition from the fall sports in the spring semester of 2021, including for football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
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