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Stimulus Check Update and Stimulus Package Update August 24, 2020

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Quick Overview

  • The House of Representatives passed the Post Office Bill this Saturday in a rare emergency session.
  • Both Democrats and Republicans tried to push for the extension of unemployment benefits and stimulus checks in the Emergency Bill, but it was rejected in the House of Representatives.
  • We’ll take a look at the status of President Trump’s executive orders for the extension of unemployment benefits.
  • The Republican National Convention begins today and runs until Thursday.
  • Covid-19 cases are decreasing in the United States but increasing in Europe.

Political Updates

Let’s begin with the status update of President Trump’s executive orders. Please remember, the money is coming from FEMA and information can be found on FEMA’s website. Please note that New York has now decided to participate and request the unemployment money for their residents.

Previously, Governor Cuomo said that New York refuses to accept the money because they said President Trump’s executive order was illegal. This drew a lot of criticism. Congressman Tom Reed said Governor Cuomo was refusing to apply for the funds on behalf of New York’s resident because Cuomo was prioritizing politics over the financial needs of New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo said that the executive orders for the extension of unemployment benefits were laughable. Cuomo received backlash from New York residents and he was forced to change his decision.

Let’s review the list. If your state is not listed, it means that your state is still undecided on whether they want to apply for this money or they are in the application process of getting the funding.

The 26 states that are currently approved by FEMA are:
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont

South Dakota is the only state that has declined this money because they say they are fortunate enough to be in a good economic position, but they say thank you and that they are very grateful.

The timing of your payments will depend on your state.

Weekend Politics

The House of Representatives called Congress back into session in a rare Saturday emergency vote to save the Post Office. The Post Office Bill, known as the Delivering for America Act, passed in the House of Representatives 257 to 150. The 257 votes were comprised of both Democrats and Republicans.

The Bill gives $25 billion of funding to the Post Office. In this Post Office Bill, the Democrats and Republicans were both pushing to include the extension of unemployment benefits. That was rejected by Nancy Pelosi, Leader of The House of Representatives, because she refuses to pass a standalone bill. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, said that Pelosi and the House ignore the urgent needs of American workers and families but they rush back to vote once their own jobs might be in jeopardy.

In this Post Office Bill, the Trump Administration represented by Mark Meadows, was pushing to include the second stimulus check.

That got rejected by Nancy Pelosi as well.

Mark Meadows said that Pelosi was not willing to do anything piecemeal, yet we have a piecemeal piece of legislation on a Saturday. Pelosi said on CNN’s State of the Union that the Post Office situation was an emergency and that the public is demanding action on this now.

Post Office News

This morning, Post Master General, Louis DeJoy, is testifying before Congress. The Democrats and Republicans are taking turns asking him questions about the decisions he’s made as the leader of the Post Office. The Democrats are asking him questions and grilling him trying to make him look bad. And then the Republicans are asking him questions that try to build him up and make him look good.

It’s really just a show of Democrats and Republicans going back and forth at one another with Louis DeJoy caught in the middle.

Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention begins today and runs until Thursday. Usually the nominee will just speak on the last day but President Trump will be speaking each night.

Today, there will be more than 20 speakers. The highlighted speakers scheduled for Monday include Senator Tim Scott and Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

President Trump will be offering his plan and vision for the United States of America.

Covid-19 News

  • Good news is that cases are continuing to decline in the United States.
  • We reported 34,567 cases and 449 fatalities on Sunday, according to the John Hopkins University.

That means that both cases and fatalities are decreasing and we are expecting fatalities to decrease even more this week. While the situation in the United States is improving, the Covid-19 situation in Europe is worsening as cases are rising in multiple countries in Europe.

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