- Last week, I asked the Democrats their thoughts on the second stimulus check and stimulus package offer on the table, and whether Nancy Pelosi should accept the $1.5 trillion dollar deal or not.
- Today, we’ll cover the second stimulus check and I’m going to ask the Republicans for your comments.
- We’ll take a look at President Trump’s executive order on the extension of unemployment benefits.
- President Trump will make a Supreme Court Justice nomination this week which is causing a lot of controversy.
- Covid-19 cases are back on the rise in the United States.
Second Stimulus Check and Stimulus Package Negotiations
Regarding the second stimulus check and stimulus package negotiations, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are accusing the White House Negotiating Team of blowing up the stimulus deal. There is the House of Representatives and there is the Senate. The House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi. The Senate is controlled by the Republicans, led by Mitch McConnell.
Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have not directly negotiated on the stimulus package in the past 3 months. McConnell, leader of the Senate, says that he’ll go along with whatever President Trump wants.
President Trump and Nancy Pelosi refuse to speak directly with one another and they have not directly spoken with one another since October 16, 2019. Pelosi says that President Trump is unreliable and that she doesn’t find it a good use of time. President Trump said he’s taking
“the high road”
by not meeting with Nancy Pelosi over the stimulus talks. Therefore, President Trump has his White House Negotiating Team to talk with Nancy Pelosi.
Believe it or not, we are currently trying to pass the 5th stimulus package. We passed stimulus packages 1 through 4 with relative ease and the negotiator was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The Republicans criticized Mnuchin for being a pushover.
For this 5th stimulus package, because Mnuchin was criticized for only caring about the well-being of the stock market and bending to the will of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, the Republicans wanted Vice President Mike Pence to step up to the negotiating table to represent the Republicans.
Mike Pence did not rise to the challenge so President Trump had White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows join the Negotiating Team, so the negotiating team is now a duo of Meadows and Mnuchin. Meadows is known to blow up deals and is considered a loose cannon. Meadows was formerly part of the Freedom Caucus and was known to clash with even his own party, cause government shutdowns, and even forced the previous Republican Speaker of the House into early retirement.
This is the first stimulus package negotiations with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on the negotiating team and the Democrats are saying that he is the problem in the negotiations and they would prefer to just work with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Congressman Connolly said that
“closing deals is not Mark Meadow’s strong suit. His whole track record is “blow it up”.
He proceeded to say
“if you ask yourself what’s the difference between April and May, and today, the variable is Mark Meadows”.
Mark Meadows does not want our country to go deeper into debt. Meadows says that rising deficits and excess debt will soon become a threat to this economy and the United States of America. He says there is a day of reckoning that will come economically. The current offer on the table is $1.5 trillion dollars and already includes a second stimulus check, extended unemployment benefits, and a second round of PPP.
Do you agree with Mark Meadows and should we be fiscally responsible and stand firm at $1.5 trillion dollars or should the Republicans take on more debt and increase the stimulus budget to $2.2 trillion, which is what Nancy Pelosi is fighting for.
Please comment below, I am very interested to read your comments.
Unemployment Benefit Payments
For President Trump’s executive order on the unemployment benefit payments , there are still more than 30 states issuing payments.
- California has paid out 5 weeks and they are done.
- New York was approved for 6 weeks.
- Illinois will be paying out the reminder for a total of 6 weeks.
- Florida has paid out 4 weeks and no additional weeks are expected.
Supreme Court Justice News
President Trump will be nominating a Supreme Court Justice this week. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg passed away last Friday at the age of 87 due to pancreatic cancer. The President nominates a new justice and then the Senate does a simple majority vote on the nominee. The Senate is controlled by the Republicans.
There are only 9 Justices in the Supreme Court and their decisions have significant impact on issues regarding health care, abortion, religion in the public life, and many other ideologies. So the replacement of a Justice is a big deal.
The Democrats are saying that the winner of the next Presidency should select the next successor of the Supreme Court Justice spot. President Trump says that he won the Presidency and he has the right and the power to nominate a justice and he’s going to do so.
President Trump said that he will nominate a woman to replace Ginsburg’s position and that he already has three people in mind. Currently, of the 8 justices, there are 6 men and 2 women.
Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the United States. We reported 39,844 new cases and 250 fatalities on Sunday, this is according to the Johns Hopkins University.
- The total Covid-19 fatality count in the United States is now at 200,000.
- The CDC just updated their guidance on how Covid-19 is spread through the air.
- The CDC’s previous guidance was that Covid-19 spreads through the air within 6 feet from coughing, sneezing, or talking.
- Now, the CDC has updated their guidance to include singing and breathing.