- For the second stimulus check and the stimulus package, the negotiations went on for one hour by phone yesterday.
- Each party was justifying how much they want to spend in order to prepare for the negotiations today.
- The negotiations will continue today between Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats, and the White House Negotiating Team.
- Congressman Mark Green said after yesterday’s negotiations that the lawmakers are very close to reaching a deal and that there are only a few issues remaining.
- We’ll cover the status of the second stimulus check and the stimulus package.
- Besides the total cost of the entire stimulus package, both parties are still working out certain details. For example, the Republicans only want people with social security numbers to receive a second stimulus check. The Democrats want to expand recipients to include people with ITINs, which the Republicans say would allow undocumented immigrants to receive stimulus checks.
- We’ll cover the pros and cons of this specific argument since it’s not that simple.
- The Senate will start the nomination process for the Republican Supreme Court Justice pick, Judge Amy Barrett, on October 12th.
- The Republicans are accusing the Democratic Senators of attempting to stall the nomination process by having the Senators take a Covid-19 test after President Trump was infected.
- The White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany tested positive for Covid-19 and reporters are furious with her for recklessly endangering lives.
- President Trump dramatically returned back to the White House on Monday evening.
- The President’s medical team says that President Trump has met or exceeded all standard hospital discharge criteria.
- In the United States, Covid-19 cases have been increasing in 22 states, holding steady in 24 states, and are decreasing in 4 states. That is a week over week comparison by the Johns Hopkins University.
Stimulus Package Negotiations
The stimulus package negotiations are still ongoing between the Republicans and Democrats.
In yesterday’s conversation, each party was giving their reasoning for why they want to spend what they want to spend. The Republicans are saying that they want to spend less money, compared to the Democrats, because there is still money left over from the previous stimulus package, the CARES Act. The Republicans and Democrats are trying to agree on the total cost of the stimulus package and the details of each program.
For example, when it comes to the stimulus checks, the Democrats want to allow people with ITINs to receive stimulus checks. An ITIN is an individual taxpayer identification number. It’s basically your identifying number if you cannot get a social security number.
Republicans are saying that if stimulus checks go out to ITIN holders, then undocumented immigrants will receive stimulus checks. Therefore, the Republicans only want people with social security numbers to qualify for a second stimulus check.
Democrats are saying that many ITIN holders in America came here legally, live here legally, pay taxes, and that they deserve a stimulus check. Therefore, if you give stimulus checks to ITIN holders, people that are here legally and illegally would get stimulus checks. If you require a social security number, then all the ITIN holders that are here legally and pay taxes will be left out of receiving a stimulus check.
That’s what they’re going through and negotiating right now.
They’re going through the same process with the subject on testing and tracing. Both parties have agreed to the amount of how much they want to spend on testing and tracing. Now, they need to agree on the details of the program.
Yesterday’s stimulus package negotiation was apparently a warm-up for what they’re going to negotiate today. So hopefully they make some meaningful progress today.
In political news, the Senate will begin the nomination process on October 12th for President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Barrett.
The Senate Republicans intend to vote on Barrett’s nomination on October 22nd, before the November 3rd election. The Senate Democrats want the Senate to delay the nomination process because it would jeopardize the health and safety of both Senators and their staff.
Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democrats in the Senate, said that the Republicans are engaging in absurd and dangerous behavior. Schumer said that if the Republicans do not halt the nomination process, then the Senate should test all the Senators for Covid-19 in accordance with CDC best practices. Schumer is calling for mandatory testing every day in the Senate during the nomination procedures. The Republicans responded by saying that Schumer’s request is a delay tactic and that it has nothing to do with the Senator’s well-being.
The White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. McEnany said she tested negative on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. McEnany says that she experiencing no symptoms.
Her quote was
“as an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American People at this time. With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely”.
Some reporters were furious with McEnany and said that she is recklessly endangering lives. CBS News White House Correspondent Ben Tracy said that he
“felt safer reporting in North Korea”
than he does at the White House.
In the United States, we reported 39,557 new cases and 460 fatalities on Monday. This is according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In a recent poll conducted by SSRS, respondents were asked if they would take a Covid-19 vaccine if it were widely available at a low cost. 51% of the respondents said that they would, 45% said they would not and 4% were indifferent.