- In today’s news, the Senate fails to pass the smaller Republican stimulus bill.
- We’ll review the status of the second stimulus check and reveal what just happened in the Senate.
- If you want to help others that are in financial distress, now is your chance. Please come add your name to our petition that calls for the politicians to stop their political games and pass the stimulus package. Thank you for your help, and the link is down below.
- We’ll update you on the status of President Trump’s executive order on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits through FEMA.
- The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that Covid-19 will worsen in the fall and winter.
Stimulus Package News
The Senate voted on the smaller stimulus package. This was a Republican stimulus bill that needed 60 votes to pass. The Senate Republicans did not get 60 votes so the Democrats blocked the bill 52-47.
The biggest items in this stimulus bill were:
- the extension of federal unemployment benefits
- more money for the self-employed and small business owners through a second round of PPP money
- money for schools and daycare
- and tax credits for parents with children that are going through at-home learning
Mitch McConnell, Leader of the Republicans in the Senate, said
“the Democrats care more about politics than helping American families.”
Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democrats in the Senate, responded by saying that the Republicans voted on this bill just to put on a show and give the appearance that they want to help the American People. The Democrats say that this was all a Republican stunt just to get votes.
Nancy Pelosi, Leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, said on an MSNBC interview, that she rejects the idea that a smaller stimulus package is better than no stimulus package. Pelosi says it’s all or nothing.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that the $1.3 trillion dollar Republican stimulus package offer is still on the table. That $1.3 trillion dollar stimulus package includes a second stimulus check for $1,200 dollars, the extension of federal unemployment benefits, and more PPP money.
But Nancy Pelosi says that $1.3 trillion dollars is not enough and that she wants $2.5 trillion dollars, all or nothing.
Mitch McConnell is accusing the Democrats for not wanting to pass anything before the elections because a stimulus package would help Americans and would sway people to vote Republican.
President Trump claims that the Democrats want Americans to suffer now so that Americans get upset, blame him, and vote Joe Biden.
As you can see, there are political games being played at the expense of the American People.
- Unemployment remains at record high levels.
- Income inequality is rising.
- Food insecurity is rising.
- Evictions are rising.
- Americans are suffering.
While all of this is happening, there are billions of dollars of unused money from the previous stimulus package. If you would like to help others that are in financial distress, then please come help us by adding your name to our petition. You can submit your name only once per IP address.
This petition calls for the politicians to release the unused funds from the previous stimulus package to provide relief to the people and we’re also calling on the politicians to pass the current stimulus package.
Thank you for your support and every voice counts.
President Trump’s Executive Orders Update
Regarding the payroll tax cut, the 2.2 million federal workers will currently not be able to opt out of the payroll tax deferral. You will receive larger paychecks for the rest of the year, but you will receive smaller paychecks next year from January through April in order to pay back the government. Your paychecks will be smaller by 6.2%. If you are one of these 2.2 million people, please be advised and budget accordingly.
For President Trump’s executive order on the unemployment payment through FEMA, 21 states have now been issuing the payments. 49 states have now been approved or are pending approval. All states are now accounted for as South Dakota is the only state to have declined the FEMA funds.
- Illinois started issuing payments.
- New York will start issuing payments next week.
- California issued payments and are approved for 5 weeks and is seeking one more week of payment.
- Texas has issued payments and their funding has now been depleted.
- Florida is going for 5 weeks of payments.
28 states have yet to start issuing their payments, I hope that gets to you very soon.
In political news, President Trump insists that downplaying Covid-19 in the United States was a successful approach. ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked President Trump why he lied to the American People about Covid-19 and President Trump responded by saying
“I didn’t lie. I said we have to be calm. We can’t be panicked.”
President Trump says that the United States has done the best job in confronting Covid-19.
Joe Biden responded by saying
“We have no confidence in President Trump’s leadership. It was all about making sure the stock market didn’t come down and that his wealthy friends didn’t lose any money”.
The United States reported 34,808 new cases and 894 fatalities on Thursday, this is according to the John Hopkins University. The CDC says that 40% of cases are asymptomatic and that people without symptoms are about 75% infectious compared to people with symptoms. The most recent studies are showing that it takes, on average, six days for people to develop symptoms after they’ve been in contact with Covid-19.