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Stimulus Check and Package Update September 24, 2020

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Stimulus Check and Package Update September 24, 2020

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Quick Overview

  • Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats, says that she’s going to impeach President Trump, as a stalling tactic, in order to keep the Supreme Court seat empty until after the election. This is because the Senate, which is controlled by the Republicans, plans to confirm the Supreme Court Justice by October 29th. The Republicans responded by saying that if Nancy Pelosi tries to impeach President Trump, then they’re going to motion for a discharge petition to overthrow Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
  • Certain Democrats in the House are saying that they will sign the discharge petition because Pelosi is not accepting the stimulus package offer. Nancy Pelosi previously said that the House of Representatives will not go back on vacation until a stimulus package agreement is reached. It looks like Nancy Pelosi is going to break that promise and the politicians will be heading back home. There are 34 Democrats and Republicans demanding that Pelosi fulfill her promise and pass this stimulus package.
  • President Trump was asked whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. President Trump avoided a direct answer and basically said that he would contest the outcome if he loses and that he would take it to the Supreme Court.
  • New Unemployment claims increased from the previous week.
  • Covid-19 is holding steady at 37,000 daily cases in the United States.

Stimulus Deal News

Nancy Pelosi, is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one of the leaders of the Democrats. Pelosi previously said that the Congressmen will not go back home until a stimulus deal is reached. Now, she has changed the story and the Congress will go back home, in order to campaign, but they will be on standby, so they will technically still be working.

34 members of the House of Representatives, which includes Democrats and Republicans, are demanding that Nancy Pelosi keep her promise and have the House remain in session until a stimulus package deal is agreed upon. These Congressmen wrote a letter to Pelosi and I’ll give you the highlights.

First, keep in mind that the $1.5 trillion dollar stimulus package offer on the table, was created by both the Republicans and Democrats working together. It includes a second stimulus check, the extension of unemployment benefits, small business relief, and funding for state and local governments.

The letter to Pelosi says:

We were elected to represent the best interests of our constituents and the country. We need to stay at the table until we have delivered the relief they so desperately need. Our constituents do not want us home campaigning while businesses continue to shutter, families struggle to pay the bills, food bank lines lengthen, schools struggle to reopen, pressure grows on hospital systems, and state and local governments consider layoffs for first responders and teachers. This should be our number one priority to ensure that Americans can receive the urgent relief they need as quickly as possible.

That’s what’s happening in the House of Representatives.

Supreme Court Justice News

In the Senate, Republicans are trying to confirm the new Supreme Court Justice as quickly as possible. The President nominates the new Supreme Court Justice and the Senate confirms the nominee.

Republicans cannot risk waiting until after the elections because they don’t know if President Trump will be re-elected or not. The Republicans control the Presidency and the Senate, so naturally, the Republicans want to get this done before the elections. This is so important because this opportunity doesn’t come along too often.

There are only 9 Justices in the Supreme Court and each position has a lifetime tenure. That means that the only way to get a new Justice into the Supreme Court is if a Justice passes away, retires, resigns, or is impeached. The average length of service for a Supreme Court Justice is 16 years, so the Republicans are trying to jump on this opportunity.

President Trump said that he will nominate a candidate by Saturday. Nancy Pelosi says that she’s going to impeach President Trump. If President Trump is impeached, the Senate will need to drop what they’re doing and will be forced to go through the impeachment proceedings. The goal of an impeachment would be to stall in order to keep the empty seat vacant until after the elections.

Pelosi said that

“we have our options and we have arrows in our quiver”.

The leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said that if Pelosi tries to impeach President Trump as a stalling tactic, then he’s going to motion for a discharge petition to remove her as Speaker of the House. McCarthy said that the President is supposed to nominate the Supreme Court Justice. The Senate is supposed to take action and they will, it’s their constitutional right and they are following through.

McCarthy said

“I will make you one promise, if Pelosi tries to move for an impeachment based upon the President following the Constitution, there will be a move on the floor to no longer have her being Speaker. She may think she has a quiver – we do too”.

Certain democrats in the House are frustrated with Pelosi and say that they support the discharge petition.

This is getting so bad that Congressman Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, a top Democrat in the House, warned his fellow Democrats against signing the petition. Hoyer said that it would undermine the Democrat’s negotiating strength in the stimulus package negotiations. Hoyer said that instead of joining the Republicans and signing the discharge petition, Hoyer said let’s vote on the stimulus package within the next 10 days.

The stimulus package offer on the table is $1.5 trillion dollars and includes a second stimulus check, the extension of unemployment benefits, small business aid, and money for state and local governments.

Hoyer, one of the leaders of the Democrats, is saying that the Democrats should consider coming down and compromising from their $2.2 trillion dollar demand in order to get this stimulus package passed.

Covid-19 News

  • Covid-19 cases are remaining steady in the United States.
  • We reported 37,330 cases and 1,098 fatalities on Wednesday, this is according to the John Hopkins University.
  • Year-to-date, we are now at 6.9 million cases and 202,000 fatalities.

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