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Stimulus Check and Package Update for October 2, 2020

Stimulus Check Update

Stimulus Check and Package Update for October 2, 2020

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Quick Overview

  • Regarding the second stimulus check and the stimulus package, the House of Representatives voted on the stimulus bill and it passed on a vote of 214 to 207.
  • The stimulus bill now advances to the Senate.
  • The Senate is saying that they will not vote on the stimulus package because it is too expensive.
  • I will present to you what you need to know regarding the current status of the stimulus checks and the stimulus package.
  • President Trump has tested positive for Covid-19 and will quarantine in the White House.
  • Doctors are saying that President Trump is in a high-risk group.
  • President Trump is 74 years old, stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 244 pounds with a body mass index of 30.5. This is according to his last physical in April.
  • Chuck Schumer says that if the Democrats win control of the Senate after the elections, that he would grant statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. That would mean that we could have a 51st and 52nd state in the United States of America.
  • For the Presidential Debate, the commissioners want to turn off the mic of the person not speaking. President Trump says that he will not accept any changes to the rules of the debate.
  • The September jobs report was released this morning and the economy added 661,000 jobs in September.
  • The unemployment rate currently stands at 7.9%.
  • Covid-19 is holding steady in the United States and the situation continues to worsen in Europe.

Second Stimulus Check Update

Let’s review what’s going on with the second stimulus check and the stimulus package.

The House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats. The House of Representatives voted on the stimulus bill and it passed on a vote of 214 to 207. The stimulus bill that passed was the HEROES Act 2.0 which costs $2.2 trillion dollars and includes stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, PPP money, renter assistance, mortgage assistance, and many other items. The stimulus package passed in the House of Representatives and it now moves forward to the Senate. The Senate is controlled by the Republicans.

The Republicans are saying that the $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus package is too expensive. The Senate is saying that they’re not even going to vote on it.

Pelosi said that the reason why the House of Representatives voted on the stimulus bill before an agreement was reached between the Republicans and the Democrats, was to formalize the stimulus package offer. But many people are saying that the politicians voted on a bill that has not been agreed upon just so that the politicians can go back home and campaign and say that they are in favor of a stimulus package.

Josh Huder at Georgetown’s Governmental Affairs said

“I can’t tell how much of this is genuine effort to pass a bill and how much is position-taking prior to the election”.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, says that she’s still working on negotiations that can pass in both the House and in the Senate and that this was not the last chance. Pelosi said

“we’re hopeful that we can reach an agreement because the needs of the American People are great.”

Therefore, the current status of the second stimulus check and the stimulus package is that it passed in the House of Representatives and the politicians in the House are going back on vacation in order to campaign for the elections. The stimulus package is now in the Senate and the Senators are saying that the cost of the stimulus bill needs to be reduced, otherwise, it’s dead on arrival.

I hope this clarifies what is going on with the second stimulus check and the stimulus package.

President Trump News

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19.President Trump will quarantine in the White House. It is yet unknown how this will affect President Trump’s re-election odds because President Trump will not be able to campaign in person, however, when the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted Covid-19, his popularity rose.

First Lady Melania Trump tweeted

“we are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together”.

President Trump says that for the upcoming Presidential Debates, he will not allow any changes to the format. The Commission wants to turn off the mic of the person not speaking, in order to stop interruptions. Ultimately, the Commission is trying to prevent a repeat of what happened on Tuesday.

President Trump tweeted

“why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?”

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi is urging Joe Biden to drop out of the future debates against President Trump.

Pelosi said that it should be

“one and done”.

Pelosi said

“Tuesday night was a sad occasion for our country and it broke my heart”.

Not only is the Presidency up for grabs in this year’s election, but the Senate is too. The Senate is currently controlled by the Republicans. Chuck Schumer is the leader of the Democrats in the Senate.

Schumer says that if the Democrats win a majority of the Senate, then giving statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico is on the table. In Washington D.C., 76% of registered voters are Democrats.

Schumer says

“I’d love to make them states”

and that D.C. says that they want statehood and that Puerto Rico needs to vote on it.

If Puerto Rico and D.C. were added as states, it would affect the electoral votes for the Presidential Elections, the House of Representatives, and the Senate.

Covid-19 News

  • Russia is reporting their highest daily case count in months.
  • In Spain, Madrid is going back into lockdown tonight.
  • Poland is reporting a record high case count.
  • In France, Paris is assessing whether they are going to lock down again because the pandemic is worsening in their capital.
  • Germany is reporting their highest case count since April.
  • We are holding steady in the United States at 43,752 cases and 857 fatalities on Thursday, this is according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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