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    While Congress remains in their Presidents Day recess, some enjoying it more than others, leadership and President Joe Biden have continued work advancing the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation that has to pass before March 14, when enhanced and extended unemployment insurance benefits expire for millions. That work has included Biden's pitch to the public at his town hall Tuesday and meeting with top labor leaders to enlist their help. "We have an incredible opportunity to make some enormous progress in creating jobs," Biden told reporters before the meeting, referring to both the relief package and the infrastructure plan he intends to turn to next. Congressional leaders are hammering out how to get the full package through the Senate, including the $15/hour minimum wage increase that remains a point of contention. The House is including that provision in their package, but there remains doubt as to whether all Senate Democrats...
    President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda is morphing into an even bigger spending plan of action, as his administration seeks to spend $3 trillion more on Green New Deal-like policies after Congress finalizes his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation. Although plans remain fluid, the package is expected to appease the left wing of the Democrat Party, a building block for Biden’s agenda, which could encompass his party’s long-awaited wish-list of green energy, carbon tax hikes, as well as child and elder care legislation. As the next must-pass legislation in a divided Congress, the package has opened the door to many other unrelated spending demands, such as the left’s ambition to destroy fossil fuels and provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. The Democrats, who are in control of all three branches of government, expect disagreement over the priorities of the package due to the failure of not including a $15 minimum...
    Madison Summers February 18, 2021 0 Comments Whether Republicans will support President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package or not, Democrats will move forward on it, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) says. Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, Demings mirrored Biden’s remarks that “we need to go big or go home” on coronavirus relief. She also noted that the president is looking to work in a bipartisan way. “But he is clearly prepared if we have to go it alone on the Democratic side of the aisle that we are prepared to do that,” Demings said. “To bring much-needed relief to the American people.” The Democratic lawmaker shared that she is “shocked” by Republican Congress members who “will not join” Biden’s effort. “We are prepared to go at it alone and I know the President is prepared to get relief to the American people,” she added. Watch...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000, even during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic. Though the unemployment rate fell last month from 6.7%, to 6.3%, it did so in part because some people stopped looking for jobs. People who aren't actively seeking work aren't counted as unemployed. Fraudulent claims may...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid rose last week to 861,000, evidence that layoffs remain painfully high despite a steady drop in the number of confirmed viral infections. Applications from laid-off workers rose 13,000 from the previous week, which was revised sharply higher, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000, even during the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December. Nearly 10 million jobs remain lost to the pandemic. Though the unemployment rate fell last month from 6.7%, to 6.3%, it did so in part because some people stopped looking for jobs. People who aren’t actively seeking work aren’t counted as unemployed. Fraudulent claims may be pushing up the totals. Last...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A California lawmaker wants to fight the so-called “cancel culture” by making political affiliation a protected class. State Senator Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) introduced the legislation this week saying a “climate of intolerance” has been established in California. “It is unfathomable to me that corporations and members of the public would ruin a person’s career, business and family because of their political ideology,” Melendez said in a statement. Senate Bill 238, the “Diversity of Thought Act,” would make it a crime to deny someone housing or employment based on their political beliefs. If passed, political affiliation would be added as a protected class under California’s Anti-Discrimination laws. A second bill in the “Anti-Discrimination bill package” would change the state’s education code to ban bullying or harassment based on political affiliation. More from CBS Sacramento: DMV Mistakenly Issues Driver’s License With Photo Of Woman Wearing Face...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A $9.2 billion relief package to benefit California’s small businesses, and the working poor, is on the way, lawmakers announced Wednesday. With the economy still limping along because of COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday help is on the way for small businesses. RELATED: Azusa Pacific University Campuses Cleared After Bomb Threat The massive deal comes as California continues to see COVID-19 cases decline. “Overall this is about protecting Californians and helping them get through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, (D) Lakewood. RELATED: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Decline In IE, Ventura County California small businesses will be eligible for grants up to $25,000. They will also be eligible for up to $150,000 in tax deductions. Some small business owners are still skeptical, however, as they struggle to make it during the pandemic. “If there’s something to apply for of course I will apply,” said...
    AMERICANS could get a third round of Covid stimulus checks worth $1,400 in just over a month Stimulus checks could sent out to taxpayers in the latter part of March following President Joe Biden's push to "go big" on relief payments. 3The earliest direct deposit checks could be sent out is during the week of March 22, according to reportsCredit: AP:Associated Press If Biden's $1.9trillion relief package goes as planned, stimulus checks pass Congress on Friday, March 12, and a stimulus bill gets signed into law two days later, on March 14, taxpayers can expect the first form of payments to be sent soon. CNET proposed a number of possible dates in which Americans will receive stimulus checks. According to the news outlet, the earliest direct deposit checks could be sent out is during the week of March 22. In the proposed scenario that a new stimulus package comes into...
    New York : Democrats hope that the stimulus package will be approved in mid-March, which is when some additional support that is being given to help people overcome the crisis expires. Photo: Karolina Grabowska / Pexels In the COVID-19 relief package that could be voted on by the full House of Representatives next week, there are two amounts of money that it is proposing to give to children and their parents. One of these supports is related to the third stimulus check, and the other is an extension of the child tax credit… and this might confuse some people. Next, we explain their differences. A third stimulus check of $ 1,400 is included in the current stimulus bill proposal. Individual filers would receive the total of $ 1,400 if they reported income to the IRS of $ 75,000 a year or less; and they would...
    SACRAMENTO (BCN) — Gov. Gavin Newsom and the leaders of the state Senate and Assembly announced an agreement Wednesday on a package of financial relief programs, including $600 payments to the state’s low-income taxpayers. Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, jointly announced the legislative package, which state legislators are expected to consider in the coming days. The package is headlined by the payments that Newsom has dubbed the “Golden State Stimulus” and would benefit households that received a state earned-income tax credit for 2020 and taxpayers that have Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. Also eligible for the $600 payments are households that are enrolled in several state programs including CalWORKS, Supplemental Security Income, State Supplementary Payment and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants. Residents with an annual income of $30,000 or less are eligible for the tax credit, while ITIN taxpayers...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced Wednesday that they have agreed to provide low-income Californians a $600 state stimulus payment to help them weather financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a $9.6-billion economic recovery package that also includes $2.1 billion in grants for small businesses. The “Golden State stimulus” payments provided under the state proposal, which will be expedited for legislative approval next week, are in addition to the $600-per-person stimulus checks already approved by Congress and would be on top of direct payments of up to $1,400 per person that have been proposed by House Democrats. The package put forward for immediate action also provides more than $400 million in new federal funds for stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child-care and preschool providers, which serve some 400,000 children in subsidized care statewide. “As we continue to fight the pandemic...
    Former Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said Wednesday that “it was a mistake” to work with Republicans on the 2009 stimulus package, claiming that the economic recovery from the Great Recession was slower than it could have been. Messina appeared on “CNN Newsroom” and was asked by host Poppy Harlow if he regretted working with Republicans on that bill during the Obama administration and if there was “a lesson” from that time that could help President Joe Biden in his fight with Republicans over the current proposed relief package. (RELATED: ‘It’s Peeing On A Forest Fire’: Dave Ramsey Says You Were ‘Screwed Already’ If Stimulus Check ‘Changes Your Life’) “Look, I helped negotiate that package, and I think it was a mistake. We bent over backwards for three Republican votes,” Messina answered. “What is the single most important thing Joe Biden has to do? He has...
    CNN host and media reporter Brian Stelter praised deceased radio host Rush Limbaugh at length for his “connection” with the radio audience just moments after playing a film package featuring what Stelter described as “racist, sexist, and other offensive speech.” As news of Limbaugh’s death broke, anchor John King tossed to a prerecorded obituary package that walked the line between lauding Limbaugh’s impact in his own conservative strata, and describing the many racist and other controversies that defined Limbaugh to many of those outside it. “Fans known as ‘Dittoheads’ praised his brazen style, while critics blasted him for racist, sexist, and other offensive speech,” Stelter’s narration went, noting that “He accused Michael J. Fox of exaggerating his Parkinson’s disease,” then described and played a clip of the incident in which Limbaugh called activist Sandra Fluke a “slut.” “In 2003 his stint as an NFL commentator on ESPN lasted only 4 weeks....
    WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents' house in Orlando, Florida, and maybe scrape together money for college.More than 1,000 miles away in Detroit, Nya Marshall worries that a $15 minimum wage would drive up her labor costs and perhaps force her to close her 2-year-old restaurant, already under strain from the viral pandemic.Between Cardona's hope and Marshall's fear lies a roiling public debate, one with enormous consequences for American workers and businesses. Will the Biden administration succeed in enacting a much higher federal minimum wage - and should it? Economists have argued the merits of minimum wage hikes for years.The administration has cast its campaign to raise the minimum as a...
    New York : Congress is in recess this week, so there will be no significant progress in the negotiations for the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package pushed by the president. Joe biden, although there are important aspects to highlight about the negotiations. The Economist Andrés Vinelli, Vice President of Economic Policies of the CAP and author of the report “7 principles that should guide the negotiations of economic relief”, has highlighted the importance and scope of the plan that would be approved in the next two weeks. The House of Representatives and the Senate integrate their plans and must put together the proposals, in order to follow the Budget Reconciliation guidelines that, among other aspects, prevent congressmen from indebting the country more in the long term and imposing changes that are not fiscal . 1. Who would not receive money Changing the rules on who the $ 1,400 check...
    New York (CNN Business)Retail sales increased last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, marking their first increase since September.Retail sales grew 5.3% in January from the prior month, beating out economists' projections. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected sales to grow 1.1%. The Commerce Department also revised December's data lower to a 1% decline from 0.7%.Top retailers in the coming weeks will also report holiday sales and possibly give forecasts for how they expect the year to go. Walmart, (WMT) the largest US retailer, reports earnings Thursday."It's an uncertain time in retail. Walmart and other retailers did quite well in 2020. How they navigate the other side of this as we get back to normal and reopened and consumers go travel and go out to eat will be important," said Michael Lasser, analyst at UBS.The pandemic has weighed on the retail sector as a whole, but after some recovery in the...
    The proposed $1,400 stimulus checks could be voted next week as Joe Biden pushes $1.9trillion relief plan.  The House Budget Committee is expected to assemble a final bill approved in committee next week. The $1,400 stimulus checks could be voted next week In addition to another round of checks for eligible Americans, the package also includes a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The full House may pass the legislation next week but it could face troubles in the Senate where Dems can’t afford to lose a member of their party. A few Democrats have already said that they do not believe the provision belongs in a Covid relief package and at least two Democratic Senators - Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema - have said they will not back the wage increase according to Bloomberg. Without complete Democratic support, is likely the bill will not...
    A Texas mayor resigns after his post eviscerating winter storm victims goes viral Taiwan says political pressure blocking coronavirus vaccine deal (Bloomberg) -- When Jared Bernstein worked as chief economist for then-Vice President Joe Biden during the slow recovery from the financial crisis, White House discussions would often revolve around taming the fiscal deficit. It was “exactly the wrong economic issue” to be focused on, Bernstein said in January 2012, less than a year after he left President Barack Obama’s administration. The political backdrop of the time made it tough “to explain to the public we have to spend more now and spend less later,” he said in a PBS “Frontline” interview. Nine years later, Bernstein’s back in the White House, serving on now-President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers. This time, the debate is entirely different. Bernstein’s prescription of powerful, sustained spending to lift prospects for the economy’s marginalized...
    During the 2020 offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers made several big moves to improve its bench depth and address other weaknesses, including one that allowed them to acquire Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, as suggested in a recent trade idea, the team could make their point guard rotation even stronger by acquiring Malcolm Brogdon of the Indiana Pacers for Schroder, Wesley Matthews, Talen Horton-Tucker, and a 2026 first-round draft pick. On Tuesday, NBA Analysis Network wrote that the Lakers don’t necessarily need to make any moves ahead of the March 25 deadline, given that they’re ranked second in the Western Conference with a 22-7 record. While Schroder has been playing well since moving to Los Angeles, the outlet noted that the Lakers still might have some room for improvement. The Pacers could stand out as a potential trade partner as they recently lost Victor Oladipo to the...
    Republican California State Sen. Melissa Melendez introduced a bill package Tuesday that would make political affiliation a protected class under California’s anti-discrimination laws. Melendez said that the bills are aimed at fighting “cancel culture” and “a climate of intolerance.” “It is unfathomable to me that corporations and members of the public would ruin a person’s career, business and family because of their political ideology,” Melendez said in a press release. “A free society shouldn’t allow thoughts and ideas to be censored.” (RELATED: REPORT: Gina Carano Fired From ‘The Mandalorian’ After Social Media Post Involving Jews In The Holocaust) “Free speech covers all speech, not just that with which you agree,” the senator added. New bill from Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez aims to “fight against cancel culture” by adding political affiliation as a protected class. — Sara Libby (@SaraLibby) February 16, 2021 The first bill, called the Diversity of...
    New York : Republicans could oppose passing the stimulus package because it includes an increase in the minimum wage. Photo: Karolina Grabowska / Pexels The $ 1,400 stimulus checks lawmakers are negotiating could be further delayed due to a hurdle in the relief package of $ 1.9 billion proposed by President Joe Biden. And it is that, in addition to a third round of economic stimulus checks for eligible citizens, the relief package also includes a provision to increase the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. This proposal to increase the minimum wage may lead Republicans to not support Biden’s relief package, as they have shown disagreement with the measure. Additionally, some of the Democratic lawmakers have said that they do not believe that the minimum wage increase should belong to a COVID-19 relief package. This is important as not having the support...
    THIS is how you could double your $1,400 stimulus check with a simple step - but you'll have to be patient. A third stimulus check may be on its way soon and Americans who choose wisely might be able to multiply the relief money within the next ten years. 3A third stimulus check may be on its way soon and Americans who choose wisely might be able to multiply the relief money within the next ten yearsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 3In order for someone to double their $1,400, they would need to invest it in 'a fund that tracks the S&P 500 index (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC)'Credit: AP:Associated Press In order for someone to double their $1,400, they would need to invest it in a fund that "tracks the S&P 500 index (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC)," according to Channel3000. The relief money - which could come as early as mid-March or the beginning of April - could be turned...
    Police in Bucks County are investigating a string of identity theft scams involving delivery couriers, authorities said. Bedminster residents told police that they have received packages at their doorstep addressed to them or a different name.  Soon after, an unknown person wearing apparel for a delivery company (Amazon, FedEx, etc.) arrives advising that the package was delivered by mistake and they request to take the package, Bedminster Township police said. A resident on Sweetbriar Road received three packages with their name and address affixed in December, police said. Shortly afterwards, a "Hispanic female in her 20’s, wearing a FedEx shirt, driving a blue Honda Pilot" arrived and took two of the three packages, police said. Later that day, a fourth package arrived and the victim received a phone call from a person claiming to be a representative of AT&T and told the resident that there was a mistake with an...
    Leaving Donald Trump and his impeachment in the rearview mirror, Joe Biden embarked late Tuesday on his first official trip as president to refocus Congress on coronavirus relief and cement public support for his $1.9 trillion aid package. With his prime-time moment — a prime-time CNN town hall in Milwaukee — the new president is attempting to build pressure on Republican lawmakers to get behind the massive relief package that White House officials say already has broad public support. The stepped-up public push comes with the House expected to vote next week. “The vast majority of the American people like what they see in this package," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as she previewed Bidens sales effort. She added that the support in opinion polls “should be noted by members of Congress as they consider whether they’re going to vote for it or not." Biden’s trip to Wisconsin,...
    President Joe Biden is sidestepping a divided Congress and going straight to the nation Tuesday with a televised town hall in Wisconsin seeking support for his $1.9 trillion economic rescue package.  With lawmakers reeling from the aftermath of Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal, Biden is betting that he can escape the partisan turmoil by addressing ordinary voters at the primetime CNN event in Milwaukee — his first official trip away from Washington as president.  The live show will see Biden "go out and have a conversation with the people in Wisconsin, people who agree with him, people who disagree with him," press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, calling the president "laser-focused" on passing his plan.  Biden's stimulus package would more than double the previous measure passed by Congress, after intense debate, in December.  The administration says massive injections of money, including $1,400 checks sent to many Americans, are vital to preventing...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden, no longer encumbered by his predecessor's impeachment trial and eager to seize the national spotlight, will bring the case for his massive coronavirus relief plan to the country on Tuesday when he participates in a CNN town hall at 9 p.m. ET in Milwaukee.Biden's first work trip outside Washington since taking office signals his intent on making a public sales pitch for his agenda after spending nearly a month in the shadow of the impeachment proceedings, which ended in acquittal on Saturday. Aides say the President, known for his outgoing style with voters, has been eager to escape the White House. White House aides insist his $1.9 trillion proposal is popular with a wide swath of Americans, including Republicans, even though Biden has not secured support from any GOP senators for the plan. By taking his pitch on the road, and fielding questions from Americans, they hope...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaving Donald Trump and his impeachment in the rearview mirror, Joe Biden is embarking on his first official trip as president to refocus Congress on coronavirus relief and to cement public support for his $1.9 trillion aid package. With his prime-time moment — a Tuesday evening CNN town hall in Milwaukee — the new president is attempting to build pressure on Republican lawmakers to get behind the massive relief package that White House officials say already has broad public support. The stepped-up public push comes with the House expected to vote next week. “The vast majority of the American people like what they see in this package,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as she previewed Biden’s sales effort. She added that the support in opinion polls “should be noted by members of Congress as they consider whether they’re going to vote for it or not.”...
    Jose Cabrera tapes the message "Citizenship Relief Recovery" onto the door of his car among a caravan of cars at an immigration campaign rally in Los Angeles, California, on Dec. 15, 2020. Dozens of economists from some of the foremost institutions and universities in the nation have added their names to a letter calling on the Biden administration to protect undocumented immigrants, including the millions serving as essential workers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, as part of its recovery and jobs plan.  “Creating a path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans pays dividends not only for them and their families, but for our broader communities,” 60 economists and leaders tell the administration. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made plain how our public health and economic fates are inextricably tied together, and how harmful shortcomings in one part of our economy affect us all.” “There are today an estimated 10.4 million undocumented immigrants...
    Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, said during a Ways and Means Committee hearing last week that despite the Democrats’ rhetoric about defeating the coronavirus, only nine percent of the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill goes towards vaccinations. As President Joe Biden’s coronavirus bill edges closer to a vote on the House floor, Republicans, including Smith, have sounded the alarm over how little goes towards combatting the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation contains hundreds of billions in aid for state and local governments, which Republicans such as Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) have contended would unfairly punish fiscally responsible states such as Florida. During the hearing last week, Smith noted that less than one-tenth of the coronavirus bill goes towards helping Americans get vaccinated and provide personal protective equipment (PPE): Less than nine percent, less than nine percent of the money allocated in this bailout...
    The White House on Tuesday walked back Joe Biden's push for gun control legislation, calling it the president's 'personal' priority but saying there is no package ready for Congress. 'He has not afraid of standing up to the NRA. He has done it multiple times,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden.  But, she noted, there is no timeline of changing gun laws.  'It is a priority to him on a personal level, but I don't have a, a prediction for you, or a preview for you on a timeline of a package, and certainly not what it will look like and how it goes through Congress,' she added at her daily press briefing. On Sunday, Biden used the three year anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida to call on Congress to strengthen gun laws, including requiring background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons. ...
    President BidenJoe BidenMcConnell doesn't rule out getting involved in Republican primaries Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run Hillicon Valley: Parler announces official relaunch | Google strikes news pay deal with major Australian media company | China central to GOP efforts to push back on Biden MORE will promote his coronavirus relief plan Tuesday evening at a CNN town hall event in Wisconsin, marking his first official domestic trip since taking office. Two days later, Biden is slated to travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to visit Pfizer’s manufacturing site and speak with workers producing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Biden has been holding meetings with members of Congress and other elected officials from both parties on his COVID-19 relief package in his first weeks as president. Tuesday’s televised event will present an opportunity for Biden to talk to members of the public concerned about the pandemic as he attempts to build further support for his...
    By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaving Donald Trump and his impeachment in the rearview mirror, Joe Biden is embarking on his first official trip as president to refocus Congress on coronavirus relief and to cement public support for his $1.9 trillion aid package. With his prime-time moment — a Tuesday evening CNN town hall in Milwaukee — the new president is attempting to build pressure on Republican lawmakers to get behind the massive relief package that White House officials say already has broad public support. The stepped-up public push comes with the House expected to vote next week. “The vast majority of the American people like what they see in this package," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as she previewed Biden's sales effort. She added that the support in opinion polls “should be noted by members of Congress as they consider whether they’re going to...
    RHONJs Melissa Gorga Says She and Husband Joe Have ‘No Relationship’ with Joe Giudice What virus? S&P 500 earnings have already surpassed pre-pandemic levels, Goldman Sachs finds Panthers to include Christian McCaffrey in Deshaun Watson trade package? Rumors continue to fly about superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson, and the Carolina Panthers are reportedly ready to sacrifice a lot to land the Houston Texans signal-caller. © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The latest scenario describes Carolina possibly parting with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey.Carolina Panthers could trade Christian McCaffrey, 3 1st-round picks for Deshaun WatsonAny trade package centered around landing Watson is going to cost a lot for the team who wants him, but according to ESPN’s David Newton (via 247Sports), the Panthers are determined to get the quarterback spot right, and believe Houston’s star is a great solution. Newton discussed the thinking behind Carolina’s pursuit of Watson, citing the big-swinging mentality...
    New York : Business closed in NYC due to the pandemic Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, rejected a claim by her fellow Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo, that a $ 50 billion federal aid package for New York was insufficient. “Unfortunately, we observe more than 1.5 million cases of coronavirus, almost 45 thousand deaths and hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in New YorkPelosi responded Thursday in a letter to the Democrats who represent that state before the National Congress. “Please know that your concerns are being addressed in the manner in which they have been presented and with the enthusiastic advocacy of Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.” The letter was obtained and reported for the first time by the newspaper Times Union from Albany. In it, Pelosi said that the actual cash the state...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images On his path to the Oval Office, President Joe Biden commendably ran on "restoring the soul" of America, and repeatedly stressed a desire to work across the aisle. So why, some critics question, are he and Democrats in Congress using arcane budget rules to move their own, $1.9 trillion American Rescue Package? To assess whether that's a fair question, it's important to understand what the budget reconciliation process is, what it isn't, and why at this particular moment it may be necessary. First, we need to remember the straits we're in. We're approaching the one-year mark of shutdowns and stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic, and people are still suffering. Vaccine distribution, while picking up, is still behind where it needs to...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged when pressed about whether President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package would provide millions in funding to abortion providers at a Tuesday press conference. A reporter pressed Psaki on what amounts to billions of dollars in Biden’s relief package that could go to the abortion industry. The Hyde Amendment specifically prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. Biden had long supported the Hyde Amendment but reversed his position on it during the 2020 Democratic primary. (RELATED: Pro-Life Leaders Condemn ‘Devout Catholic’ Biden Over His Vow To ‘Codify’ Roe V. Wade) The reporter said pro-life groups are “very concerned that millions of US taxpayer dollars will go to the abortion industry, in violation of the Hyde Amendment. We know where President Biden stand on the Hyde Amendment, but that being said, can this administration right  now guarantee that if the American Rescue Plan is passed, that...
    THE proposed $1,400 stimulus checks could be further delayed because of a stumbling block in President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion relief package. In addition to another round of checks for eligible Americans, the package also includes a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. 3A stimulus package could be further delayed because of a key provisionCredit: Getty Images - Getty Members of Congress have signaled that they are ready to re-focus on Biden's stimulus plan now that the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump ended in acquittal. However, the minimum wage hike may spell trouble when it comes to getting Republican support for the package. A few Democrats have also suggested that they do not believe the provision belongs in a Covid relief package as well. Last week, Iowa Sen Joni Ernst passed a proposal that would ban a minimum wage increase...
    New York : President Biden would sign the aid package as soon as it is approved by Congress. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool / . Meanwhile, the Senate was focused on the impeachment of the former president Donald trump, the House of Representatives approved in the Ways and Means Committee part of the economic aid package against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the congressmen are on a one-week recess, so the work in the Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Bernie sanders (Vermont), will be delayed, as will the approval in the plenary session of the House. Although representatives and senators are focused on a “state work period,” they may hold informal meetings about the stimulus package. On the Republican side, congressmen are now busier in regrouping after the division over impeachment of the former president. Key dates February 22.- Congress resumes work in Washington. February...
    A month before the 2021 trade deadline, rumors have started to swirl around All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook and his future with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are yet to make Westbrook officially available on the trading block but as the team continues to struggle since his arrival in Washington, some people believe that they may consider moving him again in the 2020-21 NBA season. In a recent article, Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network came up with a blockbuster trade idea that would send “The Brodie” to the Toronto Raptors. In the proposed trade scenario, the Wizards would be sending Westbrook and Alex Len to the Raptors in exchange for Kyle Lowry, Aron Baynes, and Stanley Johnson. If the deal would push through, Patuto believes that it would help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster. For the Raptors, the suggested trade would allow...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden has been slammed for a delay in $1,400 stimulus checks after promising to send out $2,000 payments "immediately." While campaigning for the Georgia Senate race, Biden promised that electing Democratic candidates would mean speedy stimulus payments. 4Biden is being slammed for a delay in stimulus paymentsCredit: EPA 4A $1,400 stimulus check is part of the next proposed Covid relief packageCredit: Getty Images - Getty The president is now getting heat because more than a month after Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected to the Senate, and weeks after Biden himself was sworn in, there has still been no decision on the checks. The now-president also promised that if the two Democratic Senate candidates lost to the incumbent Republicans, stimulus checks would "never get there." Last week, former Ohio Sen Nina Turner took to Twitter to slam the delay. "It's been 42 days since we...
    NEARLY 11 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits in mid-April if no further Covid relief is granted, experts warn. According to The Century Foundation, 10.6 Americans will lose their benefits after April 11 and won’t be eligible for help from other programmes if Congress doesn’t step in. 1Nearly 11 million people could be left facing a “benefit cliff” if no extra relief is put in placeCredit: Alamy Workers have until mid-April to collect benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. But 10.6 million people could be left facing a “benefit cliff” if the plug is pulled without extra relief in place. This is 1.5 million more people than those in the same situation in December last year. But at that point, Congress stepped in to keep unemployment benefit relief programmes in place until April this year under the end-of-year stimulus package. If Congress doesn’t provide...
    TOTTENHAM would have to pay Jose Mourinho almost £35MILLION if they choose to sack him. The Portuguese boss has two years and four months left of his current deal that sees him earn £15m a year. 2Jose Mourinho is going through a tricky time at SpursCredit: AFP And The Athletic claims the Portuguese's deal, which runs until the summer of 2023, has no exit option for either side. That would mean Spurs chairman Daniel Levy haveing to shell out a huge fee to swing the axe. The 58-year-old signed a three-and-a-half-year deal to replace Mauricio Pochettino that is worth the same as his contract at Manchester United. Mourinho has also been heavily backed in the transfer market and IS set to be trusted to turn Tottenham's recent fortunes around. But a ninth-place position in the Premier League amid a shocking run of form is raising questions of his tenure at the club. They have...
    Former Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennett said Monday "it is a scandal" for many major public schools in the U.S. to continue to be shut down under President Joe Biden’s administration. "It’s true now that a lot of kids may not see classrooms until September," Bennett said during an appearance on "America’s Newsroom." "This is a catastrophe for these kids, and there’s no beating around the bush on this."FAST FACTS Bennet cautioned that teachers' unions hold significant power over democratic policy and the Biden administration. The White House has said more funding is required to reopen schools safely and pushed for Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to be passed in Congress. The White House has said more funding is required to reopen schools safely and pushed for Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package to be passed in Congress. Bennett asserted that the U.S. could have a "lost generation" of children who will suffer academically,...
    New York : The stimulus package proposed by President Biden has yet to be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. Photo: William Thomas Cain / . The third economic stimulus check of $ 1,400 could be sent to the bank accounts of tens of millions of US citizens by the end of March or early April. The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Congressman Richard Neal, concluded the analysis of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 billion aid package last week without making any major changes to it, meaning the proposal now It will be evaluated by other House committees before going to a possible vote next week. Democrats on Capitol Hill are rushing to complete the stimulus package by March 14 because that’s when the weekly $ 300 unemployment insurance bonus expires. and other coronavirus relief benefits. Hunter Hammond, a financial...
    New York : President Biden coordinates with congressmen to achieve his economic plan against the pandemic. Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . Congress Refines Details of President’s Proposed COVID-19 Stimulus Package Joe biden. The proposal integrates several benefits for low-income families, plus the check for $ 1,400. Andres Vinelli, Vice President for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress and Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, explains to Daniel Parra, of City without Limits, already Jesus Garcia, of The newspaper, why Biden’s proposed $ 1.9 billion package is important, and how it will help the poorest families. Is the $ 1,400 check the most important part of the aid package? What other programs envisaged will help stop millions of families’ descent into poverty? Why are tax aid for children substantial? Listen to the podcast on Spotify or click on...
    An Amazon delivery driver accidentally crashed his truck through the front door of a home in Georgia. Police in the city of Roswell, near Atlanta, posted photos of the incident last week on Facebook captioned: 'DELIVERY NOTIFICATION: Package has arrived. LOCATION: Inside your living room.' The crash took place last Wednesday afternoon when the driver for the $1.7trillion internet delivery service took their Mercedes van down a road next to Lake Cherful.  The driver exited the vehicle to make the drop-off, but the van then rolled backwards, across the street and down a slope, gaining speed until it embedded itself in the house's front-door. No one was injured.   Roswell Police joked that when it came to delivering a parcel, the driver had: 'The accuracy of a 300-club bowler.' Roswell Police released a photo on Facebook of an Amazon delivery truck that accidentally crashed into the front door of a home...
    DeliverySafe DeliverySafe markets itself as “the new modern mailbox,” but this package delivery box does much more than hold your mail. With its cavernous insulated interior and robust construction, the innovative delivery box simultaneously guards against food spoilage and package theft while you’re away. I watched a live product demonstration and spoke with the company’s co-founder, Adam Schumacher, to learn more about this innovative delivery storage solution.What Is DeliverySafe?DeliverySafe is a lockable insulated delivery box that can hold several large grocery bags or meal kit deliveries from services such as Freshly, Purple Carrot, Home Chef and more. There’s ample horizontal storage space to fit several packages from your online shopping sprees. This outdoor parcel box is also highly secure and minimizes the risk of package theft. Time is of the essence when it comes to food and meal kit deliveries. This is where DeliverySafe’s hefty construction and insulation...
    Brazil expects to launch a new COVID-19 aid package in three weeks: source
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    New York : President Biden’s proposal is still being debated among lawmakers. Photo: RIZWAN TABASSUM / . / . President Joe Biden’s proposed $ 1.9 billion stimulus package would provide significant financial assistance to the poorest American households, which have faced higher rates of income and job loss during the coronavirus pandemic. Under the plan, already moving through the House of Representatives, the next stimulus bill would give $ 1,400 in stimulus checks to eligible individuals, as well as expanding the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and the Earned Income Tax Credit. (EITC). In total, the three programs would provide a 33% increase in income for the poorest 20% of US citizens., according to the Institute of Fiscal and Economic Policy (ITEP, for its acronym in English), according to CBS. Under Biden’s bill, the CTC would be expanded to give up to $ 3,600 for children...
    Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hammered teachers unions on Sunday for refusing to go back to work after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidance saying that schools can safely reopen. Christie appeared on ABC’s “This Week” panel and engaged in a heated discussion with other panelists on reopening schools and President Joe Biden’s proposed coronavirus relief bill. (RELATED: ‘Teachers First’: Fox Hosts Say Biden Relationship With Unions Priority In Reopening Schools) “If pursuing bipartisanship is a character issue for Joe Biden, where can he do that in a way that will be acceptable to you and other progressives?” host George Stephanopoulos began by asking Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson. WATCH: “It starts with COVID relief. I don’t know why we continue to pretend like Republicans and Democrats aren’t suffering under the weight of this package. So, for Republicans to come in and lowball...
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    New York : Democratic leaders in Congress. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . In reality, the process of integrating the economic stimulus package against COVID-19 the former president was not arrested during the political trial Donald trump, although now congressmen can focus one hundred percent. The bad news is that starting this Monday, the congressmen have a “state work period” scheduled, which means a break from their work in Washington, although the committees could continue with remote meetings on some issue of the $ 1.9 trillion dollar package, but no major decision would be made. This means that the stimulus check of $ 1,400 and various grants for businesses, state and local governments, schools, as well as more funds to fight the pandemic will take longer to be approved. Last week, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives, chaired by Richard Neal (Massachusetts),...
    According to a recently proposed trade idea, the Los Angeles Lakers could add another star player to start alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis by acquiring John Collins from the Atlanta Hawks. On Saturday, NBA Analysis Network explained that while the proposed deal might seem unlikely due to how the Hawks are in striking distance of the top eight of the Eastern Conference, the team may be “taking calls” and looking to move some of their key players. While the organization was able to acquire some notable free agents — including Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Rajon Rondo — in free agency, it was not able to get Collins to sign a lucrative contract extension. In the hypothetical trade, the Lakers would be acquiring Collins and backup point guard Kris Dunn from Atlanta for 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell, second-year wingman Talen Horton-Tucker, a 2023 second-round pick,...
    Lack of health services and transportation impede access to vaccine in communities of color Primary Care Doctors Feel Left Out of Vaccine Rollout $1400 Stimulus Checks Pass as $1.9 Trillion Relief Package Inches Forward Democrats are one step further in advancing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as the House Ways and Means Committee said that it had approved key measures of the plan yesterday – including $1400 checks. © Shutterstock / Shutterstock Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (11756147d)President Joe Biden talks to staff at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. See: Never Got Your Stimulus Check? Claim It on Your Taxes Find: Women’s Savings Are Shockingly Low – Inside the Gender Money Gap Made Worse by COVID-19 “Over the last two days, the Ways and Means Committee has considered aggressive, science-based solutions that will deliver the urgent relief our country so desperately needs. From unemployment benefits...
    Vaccines, abundant liquidity, and improved data support the optimism of the markets while, at the same time, a glimpse of how far they have come cannot avoid the feeling of vertigo. Now, the markets are not yet overbought, valuations are a poor guide to short-term performance and, in the absence of a shock external, there is room to run … for now. After such a rally, the main question investors are asking is when will it be time to sell. And it is that investors who were with low exposure to risk assets, or who did not buy more cyclical assets in time to benefit from the turnaround that we saw in late 2020, they wonder if they can buy now. How can an active and multi-asset investment portfolio adapt to this challenge? The first question is to address which key forces are driving the rally and whether they...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down a claim by Gov. Cuomo that a $50 billion federal aid package for the state was insufficient. “We sadly observe over 1.5 million coronavirus cases, nearly 45,000 deaths, and hundreds of thousands of job losses in New York,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to New York’s congressional Democrats on Thursday. “Please know that your concerns are being addressed in ways that you have advanced and with the enthusiastic advocacy of Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.” The letter was first obtained and reported by the Albany Times Union. In the letter Pelosi said the actual cash the Empire State was set to receive was already closer to $70 billion. “Overall, New York state will receive over $50 billion in state and local funding, and more than $20 billion in additional funding to support families’ health, financial security and well-being,” she wrote....
    The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to make a decision on tight end Zach Ertz this offseason. Three years after winning Super Bowl 52, the Philadelphia Eagles are searching for a new identity. They solidified it by firing head coach Doug Pederson in favor of Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Even with a new coach that worked under Frank Reich did not mean quarterback Carson Wentz is safe, as the team is trying to trade him for a Matthew Stafford-type package in return. Maybe, just maybe, the Eagles can get a better offer with Ertz included in the deal. It certainly would not hurt them to try. Next: Troy Aikman cant believe how badly the Cowboys are treating Dak Prescott
    Mercedes F1 enter the 2021 season as the clear favorites to win the title yet again. The Brackley-based outfit have finally managed to resolve Lewis Hamilton’s contract situation and as a result will have the seven-time world champion racing for them for another season. Moreover, the freezing in car development works well in their favor. The Silver Arrows have by far the best car as well as the most solid power unit, with which they won 13 out of the 17 races last year. Thus, they are ideally placed to win an eighth consecutive title. Or are they? Mercedes‘ engine head, Hywel Thomas, has sowed some seeds of doubt. According to him, things aren’t as rosy as they may seem in relation to the cars’ power unit. Also Read: Lewis Hamilton ‘Wanted to Sign for a Longer Period of Time’ With Mercedes: Former F1 Driver SOCHI, RUSSIA. Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes....
    New York : Republican Senator Susan Collins at the federal Capitol. Photo: Samuel Corum / . Although the Democrats in the House of Representatives have already included income thresholds at $ 75,000 and $ 150,000 (individuals and couples) for total eligibility for a third stimulus check of $ 1,400 in the draft bill, Republicans in the Senate are not losing hope that the Biden Administration Please reconsider your offer to reduce those amounts. This Thursday, Susan collins, the spokeswoman for the group of 10 senators who previously met with the president said she had a “good conversation” with Biden, although without giving details of what she shared with the president. “I’m talking to our 10 Republican senators to see if there is some flexibility in the number and see if the president shows more flexibility,” the senator told reporters. If the Democrats had those 10...
    While some states have been cracking down on criminal porch pirates in recent months, the threat of having your things stolen from right under your front door still remains. But knowing the moment a package gets dropped off at your house, or even communicating with whoever’s at your door, can make a world of difference. If you’re looking to up the security of your home, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a total game-changer. That’s because, thanks to its 1080P HD camera, two-way audio, and customizable motion sensors, you’ll be able to keep an extra pair of eyes on whatever’s outside your front door at all times, whether you’re sitting in your living room or are miles away at the office. Unlike other exterior home security systems out there, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro boasts an array of advanced features that help you take control of your home. The second...
    New York : Families with children will benefit from several of the laws that make up the new stimulus package being evaluated by the federal Congress. Photo: Aurelia Ventura / Impremedia / La Opinion The sections approved on Thursday in the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives include provisions to expand the “Child tax credit” (Child Tax Credit) that would grant up to $ 3,600 to families with children. The committee voted in favor of that measure to form part of the final stimulus package that must be approved by both the House and the Senate. The intention of the Biden Administration is for families with children 17 and under to receive the $ 3,000 credit; while parents with children 6 years or younger receive a payment of up to $ 3,600. The measure contained in the “American rescue plan” it also...
    President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is an expensive, ambitious attempt to rescue an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Some, however, worry that the costly stimulus plan could cause hyperinflation. Hyperinflation, or rapid inflation, occurs when the “prices of all goods and services rise uncontrollably over a defined time period,” according to Corporate Finance Institute (CFI). It’s usually designated hyperinflation when the inflation rate grows at over 50% a month. This occurs when theres an increase in money supply that is not backed by economic growth, according to CFI. Biden’s stimulus package includes $1,400 direct payments to individuals earning $75,000 or less or $2,800 to married couples earning $150,000 or less. Parents will receive an additional $1,400 per child. It would also mandate a $15 federal minimum wage. (RELATED: Corporations That Support The $15 Minimum Wage Can Afford It. Here’s Who Can’t) The president’s proposal is three...
    Moderna in talks with FDA to increase vaccine doses per vial Airlines push White House to reject testing for US flights Unemployment benefits: Heres what Democrats want in a stimulus package President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are trying to pass $1.9 trillion of additional Covid relief. Extra unemployment benefits are in their proposals. Duration and amount are somewhat unclear. If passed, the package would likely increase benefits by at least $400 a week and extend aid through August, at a minimum. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expects Biden to sign a bill by mid-March. © Provided by CNBC President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties in the White House on Feb. 11, 2021. More unemployment benefits may be on the way as Democrats and the Biden administration pursue a $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package. The legislation would increase...
    White House meets with airline CEOs on COVID-19 travel issues Cuomo aide defends comments amid mounting criticism over New York’s handling of COVID in nursing homes Stimulus Check Update: House Clears the Way for Stimulus Checks and Advance Child Tax Credits to Move Forward © Provided by The Motley Fool Stimulus Check Update: House Clears the Way for Stimulus Checks and Advance Child Tax Credits to Move Forward © Getty Images The United States Capitol building in front of a pink sunset sky. The momentum behind President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief package continues to grow, with the House Ways and Means Committee approving several measures worth $593.5 billion late Thursday afternoon. These measures include financial support for Americans, who would receive direct payments, increased jobless aid, and early tax credits for children under the legislation. These measures are just one part of Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package, elements of...
    President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties in the White House on Feb. 11, 2021.Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images More unemployment benefits may be on the way as Democrats and the Biden administration pursue a $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package. The legislation would increase the amount of jobless benefits workers receive per week and extend them for several months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expects a bill to be signed into law by mid-March. Democrats aim to pass legislation using a budget measure that wouldn't require Republican backing. The precise amount and duration of benefits are somewhat uncertain. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards It seems likely, based on various proposals, that Democrats would increase benefits by at least $400 a week and extend them at a minimum through August, according to labor experts. Extra benefits offered by the $900 billion relief package signed by former President Donald...
    By JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Budget writers in the North Dakota House have slashed by almost half a landmark $1.1 billion proposed bonding package aimed largely at financing infrastructure projects across the state. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee has endorsed the $680 million package that relies on earnings from the state’s voter-approved oil tax savings account to pay for the borrowed money. The proposal was being finalized Friday and will be sent the full House next week for consideration, according to Underwood Republican Rep. Jeff Delzer, who heads the 21-member committee. Delzer, perhaps the most fiscally conservative lawmaker in the legislature, is opposed to the package because he doesn’t “believe in bonding” that puts taxpayers on the hook for decades. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner unveiled the original proposal last month at a news conference that was attended by a swarm of lobbyists. The proposal was...
    White House meets with airline CEOs on COVID-19 travel issues Cuomo aide defends comments amid mounting criticism over New York’s handling of COVID in nursing homes Why Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal isn’t just a stimulus There’s been a lot written over the past few weeks about whether President Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic “rescue” package is too small or too big. But an equally important question — and one that underpins the size debate — is what the package should do: Should it be targeted as efficiently as possible to stimulate an economic recovery, or provide quick relief to as many people as possible? © Win McNamee/Getty Images Then-candidate Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020. Economists on the stimulus side argue the package should focus on filling the giant hole Covid-19 has left in the US economy. Under this view, a boost in federal...
    These "ultra thin" pads were thick with cash. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport discovered more than $60,000 in cash hidden inside a package of menstrual pads in a passenger’s baggage on Feb. 3. The undeclared currency was bundled inside envelopes concealed inside the package, CBP officers said. The woman had told officers that she was only carrying $1,000. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport discovered more than $60,000 in cash hidden inside a package of menstrual pads in a passenger’s baggage on Feb. 3. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The passenger had been headed to Amsterdam when the hidden money was discovered. IOWA AIRPORT WORKERS RECEIVE AWARD FOR SAVING TEEN FROM POSSIBLE HUMAN TRAFFICKING OPERATION The officers seized the money because the woman violated currency reporting requirements, officials said. U.S. law requires anyone transporting more than $10,000 into or out...
    KENSINGTON -- The Head & The Hand bookstore in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia is offering couples the opportunity to rent the bookstore for a date night. The $65 package includes an hour and a half alone at the store, candles, wine, and the option to bring your own dinner! These Jersey boys opened the area's first cider brewery The package has become so popular that the date nights are booked through May.Watch more Philadelphia Localish videos anytime at https://6abc.com/localish or on our family of streaming apps (Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku).
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) participates in a news conference on the third day of the Senate impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, U.S., February 11, 2021.Erin Scott | Reuters Multiple House committees have approved parts of Democrats' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan as the chamber moves to pass the full package by the end of the month. The Ways and Means Committee advanced a critical portion of the legislation on Thursday night. It would send $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, extend key unemployment programs through late August and give families up to $3,600 a year per child. Other House panels including the Education and Labor, Financial Services, Transportation and Small Business Committees have passed their pieces of the proposal. Under the arduous budget reconciliation process Democrats are using to approve the legislation without Republican votes, the House Budget Committee will combine the...
    New York : The top Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi exit a meeting in which they discussed the new stimulus plan for coronavirus. Photo: Oliver Contreras / EFE The Speaker of the Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said it was confident that the stimulus package of $ 1.9 billion that boosts the Biden Administration and that includes checks of $ 1,400 will be approved in that legislative body before March 14. In a press conference on Thursday, the chamber leader said she hopes that the Democrats in the House will approve the call “American rescue plan” for coronavirus prior to the expiration of the extra weekly unemployment benefits of $ 300 granted under the December stimulus law. Specifically, Pelosi indicated that the House would pass the final bill in late February so it can...
    Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said that she does not the support the inclusion of a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. “What’s important is whether or not it’s directly related to short-term Covid relief. And if it’s not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation,” Sinema told Politico. The opposition from Sinema, a moderate who in 2018 became the first Democrat to win an Arizona Senate seat since 1988, could ultimately kill the measure in the 50-50 Senate. Democrats are using a legislative tool called budget reconciliation to pass Biden’s relief plan, which allows for bills to bypass the 60-vote Senate filibuster and instead advance with a simple majority. The rule however, applies only to budget-related legislation. (RELATED: Here’s How The GOP’s Relief Plan Compares To Biden’s) “The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process. It is...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus has taken its toll on Wisconsin's transportation fund, the state's primary source for road and infrastructure projects, according to a new report released Friday. The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum reported the top two revenue sources for the fund, fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, fell short of projections by more than $116 million in fiscal year 2020. Travel plans changed last year for many Wisconsinites who opted to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum report said the future remains unclear, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. “Even if the virus is in retreat by late 2021, it remains unclear if more widespread adoption of remote work or online shopping may cause longer-term changes in travel patterns after July 1, the start of the next two-year budget cycle,” WPF said. A federal package passed in December could provide relief for the fund....
    WASHINGTON — More than $50 billion in funding is on its way to New York State as part of President Biden’s enormous $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, The Post has learned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi notified New York’s Democratic delegation of the generous package in a letter Thursday, where she said she believed the bill would pass by the end of February as Congress uses the drastic budget reconciliation route to approve the legislation without Republican support. The bailout includes $12.6 billion in New York state coronavirus recovery funding and $10.64 billion for local governments, Pelosi wrote in the letter obtained by The Post. Another $12.3 billion has been earmarked for the state’s shuttered schools while the Empire State’s run down transit system would receive an $8.8 billion infusion. New York airports are earmarked for $418 million in the aid bill and small businesses will be eligible for a pot...
    President Biden's quest for $1.9 trillion in fiscal relief is raising warnings from prominent economists that he could generate the kind of out-of-control inflation not seen for decades. Bill Dudley, former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, was one of the first to sound the inflation alarm in December — before Biden announced his American Rescue Plan. Dudley cautioned in a Bloomberg op-ed that the combination of explosive post-pandemic demand and federal stimulus would form a "nasty" spike in inflation. Dudley renewed those inflationary warnings on Wednesday, writing that consumer saving levels, which remain roughly 5 percentage points higher than pre-pandemic levels, and company cash on hand will lead to a surge in demand that misallocated supplies won't be able to keep up with, suggesting that the Federal Reserve "might have to pull back on stimulus sooner and with greater force than anticipated to keep...
    More On: Coronavirus in NY Over 9,000 COVID-19 patients sent into NY nursing homes Cuomo budget could cut half-billion from NYC public hospitals: de Blasio Cuomo creates COVID-only homes — after thousands died NYC pharmacies will offer COVID-19 vaccine to elderly residents WASHINGTON — More than $50 billion in funding is on its way to New York State as part of President Biden’s enormous $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, The Post has learned. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi notified New York’s Democratic delegation of the generous package in a letter Thursday, where she said she believed the bill would pass by the end of February as Congress uses the drastic budget reconciliation route to approve the legislation without Republican support. The bailout includes $12.6 billion in New York state coronavirus recovery funding and $10.64 billion for local governments, Pelosi wrote in the letter obtained by The Post. Another $12.3 billion has...
    Republicans attacked the Democratic COVID-19 relief proposal from all angles, claiming that it is too costly, financially damaging, and overtly partisan. Republicans seek to derail new President Joe Biden’s top priority as the bill begins to advance in a Congress that the Democratic Party controls only to a limited extent. Four House committees were working on the $ 1.9 trillion bill on Thursday, which involves issuing checks for $ 1,400 to many Americans. The plan also seeks to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars to state and local governments, boost vaccination efforts, increase tax credits for families with children, and increase unemployment benefits. Democratic leaders expect the lower house to pass the package later this month. With Senate ratification, the bill would be on Biden’s desk by mid-March. “This is the moment,” said the chairman of the House Tax and Resources Committee, Democrat Richard Neal,...
    ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Director Adam Wingard Set for ‘Face/Off’ Remake These Are the 9 Best Benefits of Amazon Prime Next round of NFL rights reportedly near completion, with Thursday night package the final hurdle The NFL’s current media deals are set to expire after 2022, but as negotiations have unfolded with the current rightsholders and other outlets, it’s becoming clear that not much is going to change with core rights. © Provided by Awful Announcing CBS, NBC, and Fox all look set to hold on to their current packages, which limits the moving parts remaining. Those include ESPN’s rights, as well as the Thursday package, which remain up in the air. The situation was summed up nicely here by CNBC’s Jabari Young, who reports that the deal would be done already if not for the Thursday issue: One of the individuals suggested part of the holdup to finalizing a...
    Financial talk show host Dave Ramsey on Thursday railed against President Joe Biden’s proposed coronavirus relief package, and the included stimulus checks, saying that it’s like “peeing on a forest fire.” Ramsey appeared on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” and discussed with host Bill Hemmer what he sees as the problem with the package and direct payments. (RELATED: Jen Psaki Denies That Lowering Relief Payments From $2,000 To $1,400 Is A Broken Promise From Biden) “There are some situations where folks are hurting and this thing has gotten completely out of hand. I mean, there are people’s lives who have been destroyed by this program,” Ramsey began. “Somebody needs some relief somewhere. I’m fine with that. But this has nothing to do with really helping people. This is a political gimme by progressives simply trying to buy votes.” “We know that because when you go from $10,000 in forgiveness...
    New York : Democrats are moving forward with the economic stimulus bill in the House. Photo: Win McNamee / . The President’s Financial Aid Project Joe biden, which has been disclosed in parts, includes benefits for different family settings, such as separated but not divorced couples. These are specifications for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), according to the project revealed by the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Richard Neal (Massachusetts). “Allows a married but separated person to be treated as unmarried for EITC purposes if a joint return is not filed”, indicate the rules. In this way, a parent can claim the support of $ 1,502, a significant increase since it is currently $ 543. There is also conditioning factors on how the benefit would be obtained. “This rule only applies if the taxpayer lives with a qualifying child for more than...
    About $1.1 trillion in coronavirus aid, including more than $120 billion for small businesses, has still not been spent, according to a memo Republicans are circulating on Capitol Hill. The more than $1 trillion in unspent coronavirus relief funds represents a significant portion of the $4 trillion allocated by Congress as part of multiple 2020 stimulus packages, according to the Republican Study Committee (RSC) memo reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Of the $828 billion allocated for small business loans, about $123.7 billion has not been spent, according to Small Business Administration data. “Congress has delivered bipartisan COVID relief as recently as December 2020,” the RSC memo said. “Why then is it that the moment Democrats get the reins of power, we suddenly need to urgently pass $1.9 trillion more?” (RELATED: Democrats’ Minimum Wage Increase Would Kill 1.4 Million Jobs, Congressional Budget Office Finds) President Joe Biden, Vice President...
    Over 80 progressive groups on Thursday urged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiStacey Plaskett becomes first non-voting delegate in history to serve as impeachment manager The Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial GOP leaders on three committees push Pelosi on stimulus markups MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNewly released footage shows Schumer's 'near miss' with Capitol rioters There's more to repairing federal courts than Supreme Court expansion  Five things Biden should do to tackle the climate emergency MORE (D-N.Y.) to prioritize the needs of women during negotiations for the COVID-19 relief package, including raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The groups, including NARAL Pro-Choice America, Ultraviolet, Public Citizen, and the Women’s March, said that creating a $15 minimum wage and eliminating “subminimum wages” for tipped workers would be a start towards ensuring economic equality through wage justice. “The simple truth is that women, especially Black women, Latina women, Asian American...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial isn’t delaying the coronavirus relief package. “On question one, no it is not,” Schumer said of the impeachment trial slowing down other Senate work. “When I first became majority leader, they said you have three big tasks: president’s cabinet, impeachment, COVID. We are on track with all three.” “This week we affirmed two more of the president’s nominees, the impeachment trial moves forward at a good pace and our committees, as we speak both in the House and Senate, are working on bold COVID relief that the American people need. So no it is not slowing us down,” Schumer said. (RELATED: House Republicans Urge Senate To Reject Key Biden Nominee Neera Tanden For Financial Ties, Partisanship) WATCH: The House voted 232-197 on Jan. 13 to impeach the former president a second time, charging him with...
    The Golden State Warriors are one of the teams that are expected to be active on the market before the 2021 trade deadline. The Warriors may be currently in the playoff race but with Klay Thompson set to remain on the sideline for the entire 2020-21 NBA season, they would be needing more star power around Stephen Curry and Draymond in order to have a realistic chance of reclaiming their throne and reviving their dynasty this year. One of the most intriguing trade targets for Golden State is Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks. In a recent article, Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network suggested a blockbuster deal that would send Porzingis to Golden State before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed trade scenario, the Warriors would be sending a package that includes Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Alen Smailagic, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2021 first-round pick to the Mavericks...
    New York : Democrats are moving forward with the integration of the stimulus package in Congress. Photo: Mark Wilson / . Although the $ 1,400 stimulus check remains the most talked about item in the economic stimulus plan against COVID-19There are other aids that are just as important, such as supporting low-earning workers with more income. Such is the case with the Earned Income Tax Credit for people without qualifying children, which would help expand eligibility in a plan known as the “Childless EITC”. This would allow an aid of $ 1,502 to be applied, a significant increase, since it is currently $ 543. “In particular, the minimum age to claim the EITC without children is lowered from 25 to 19 (except for certain free-time students) and the upper age limit for the EITC without children is eliminated”, indicates the bill of the House of...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's state, local and county governments are projected to get about $1.5 billion in federal funding in the House coronavirus relief package, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas said. Of that amount, $966 million would be for the state, and $559 million would go toward counties, cities and towns, the representatives said in a statement Wednesday. “This funding is not a fix-all solution, but it is a tremendous step forward toward ensuring no one is left behind as we continue to address this public health crisis," Kuster said. “Now it’s time to get this legislation over the finish line as quickly as possible." Pappas said, “Without direct, flexible assistance, our state and local governments will be less prepared for the tough months ahead and may be forced to cut back on critical services, lay off workers, or raise taxes. All of those options will...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will meet with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss rebuilding America's infrastructure, a show of how the White House looks to move ahead with its agenda despite former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. The senators -- whom the White House has so far declined to name -- will meet with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office, the White House said, before Thursday's impeachment proceedings are expected to get underway at the US Capitol. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will join the Oval Office meeting virtually. Buttigieg is quarantining after a member of his security detail tested positive for Covid-19."We still have to govern," a senior White House official said. "The impeachment is not going to stop us from doing that. They can walk and chew gum."Biden said this week that he is not closely watching his predecessor's impeachment trial, which...
    The Biden administration is fighting hard for a historically ambitious fiscal package in the name of lowering unemployment, disregarding warnings from Democratic-aligned economists that their plans would risk runaway inflation. President Biden is seeking a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to add to the $900 billion measure enacted in December. If Biden's full proposal were passed, the aid would double the shortfall in economic output due to the pandemic, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, for the next three years. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has defended the size of the measure on the grounds that it is needed for unemployment to return to pre-pandemic levels quickly. She has set the goal of getting the United States to "full employment" by next year. The task is a daunting one. Employment is roughly 10 million lower than it was on the eve of the pandemic. Federal Reserve Chairman...
    New York : The third stimulus package would include a minimum wage of $ 15. Photo: ASHRAF SHAZLY / . / . House leaders on Monday rejected a proposal to send $ 1,400 stimulus check only to people earning less than $ 50,000 a year, keeping in place the income levels that were used to determine who was entitled to the two previous stimulus payments. The request that the third stimulus check be directed to fewer people has sparked struggles within the Democratic Party, with progressives calling for the checks to go to people who received the first two and moderates, such as Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin, who has requested a greater tax restriction, was reported by NBC News. On Monday, House Ways and Means Speaker, Democrat Richard E. Neal unveiled legislation that would send the full stimulus payment to people earning $...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Porch pirates could face prison time under a proposed California law. Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) introduced the measure Wednesday to increase penalties on people who steal packages from homes. The proposed law would allow prosecutors to charge porch pirates with a felony if they’re convicted of package theft two or more times within three years. Currently, stealing a package is only a misdemeanor. More from CBS Sacramento: Sacramento African-American Teens Forced Off Flight In Mask Dispute Newly-Appointed El Dorado County Official Posed With Proud Boys While Dressed As Santa Dog Who Kept Watch Over Owner Found Dead In Snow Finds New Family Jones says the current law treats package theft differently than burglaries inside a home. “Many of these porch pirates are habitual offenders who keep dodging real punishment for their crimes,” Jones said in a press release. The bill, SB...
    With their 10-14 record putting them at a tie for 10th place in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat are still trying to recapture the form that helped them make it to the NBA Finals last year. However, they could potentially improve their chances of not only making the playoffs but also making a deep postseason run by trading for Chicago Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine, as suggested in a new trade idea. As recommended on Wednesday by NBA Analysis Network, the Heat should be “one of [the] teams on the phone” if the Bulls decide to move LaVine, considering their slow start and their history of pulling off major trades prior to the deadline. The outlet noted that Jimmy Butler’s frequent absences this season have led to some “inconsistencies,” though two of his fellow starters, center Bam Adebayo and guard Tyler Herro, have performed admirably in his absence. According...