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    Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are inching toward a deal over additional coronavirus relief, including direct cash payments to millions of Americans. They will continue to negotiate this weekend.  A $908 billion bipartisan proposal initially left out so-called stimulus checks, focusing instead on providing jobless workers with an additional $300 in weekly unemployment aid. But a last-minute addition to the package could include another round of payments of $600 for individuals, according to analysts with investment bank Raymond James. That's half of the $1,200 payments distributed to about 160 million Americans under the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act this spring. Some senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have insisted that any new relief bill include another round of checks worth $1,200 for low- and middle-income Americans. Sanders, who is joined by Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, pledged to force a vote on the...
    Washington — Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill appeared to strike a deal on a contentious provision in an emerging COVID-19 relief bill late Saturday, overcoming a key hurdle in talks over a bill that could come to a vote as soon as Sunday. Democrats objected to a proposal by Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania that would wind down lending programs established by the Federal Reserve in the spring to address the economic toll of the pandemic. The disagreement threatened to derail talks over the massive $900 billion relief bill, which includes direct payments to taxpayers, expanded unemployment benefits and hundreds of billions of dollars in pandemic-related aid. An aide to Toomey and a senior Democratic aide confirmed late Saturday that the two sides had reached an agreement on the language in Toomey's proposal. The aide said Toomey had "agreed to drop the broad language in his proposal that would have...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal backed by the four members of Maine's congressional delegation to expand access to dementia care for veterans is slated to be signed into law. The proposal is designed to address a gap in care for veterans who live with early-stage dementia, sponsors said. It passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate unanimously. The four members of the delegation said the measure will provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with more flexibility so they can allow veterans to receive the care they need. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden said the proposal will prevent veterans who need care from falling through the cracks of the system. Maine Veterans Homes chief executive officer Kelley Kash said the law change will correct an administrative problem that has made it harder for veterans to...
    (CNN)The Trump administration is pushing to make major adjustments to the Pentagon organizations charged with cybersecurity and signals intelligence, according to a US defense official.The proposal, first reported by Defense One, would split the command of US Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, two organizations currently being led by the same four-star military officer.The official said that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller are required by law to certify that certain requirements have been met before the split can happen. A US official confirmed that Milley received the proposal from the Defense Department very late this week.A spokesperson for Milley said the general "has not reviewed nor endorsed any proposal to split CYBERCOM and NSA."Read MoreThe defense official told CNN that the feeling within both organizations is that the current effort is being "rushed" and that doing this...
    Getty If you had trouble receiving an economic impact payment last time, things like setting up direct deposit for you next tax return may help. One Republican Senator – Ron Johnson of Wisconsin – has blocked a proposal from a second Republican senator – Josh Hawley of Missouri that would have given each qualifying American another $1,200 stimulus check. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders had joined Hawley in proposing $1,200 COVID-19 stimulus checks for each qualifying American. Hawley is a Republican from Missouri, and Sanders is an independent from Vermont. Couples would get $2,400 under the plan. But Johnson put the kibosh on the proposal, which Hawley tried to get passed via unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate. According to Axios, Johnson cited the national debt as his reason for nixing the plan. The announcement came as negotiations between the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic-controlled House remain in a standstill....
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Friday blocked an effort by fellow Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) to pass legislation that would authorize $1,200 stimulus checks for most Americans. “Certainly what the senator from Missouri is talking about in terms of these economic impact payments — no revisions at all, just spend another $275 billion, send it out to 150 million households when we are currently at about 9 million jobs less than we were in a record economy before the Covid recession?” Johnson said in a speech on the Senate floor. Congress is seeking to pass a $900 billion coronavirus aid package that would include the checks, which have been championed by Hawley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Certain federal funding is set to expire at midnight Friday unless a package is passed. Sanders and Hawley have promised to block any package that does not include the aid money. Sen. John...
    SAN JOSE — A big hotel and several hundred homes would sprout on Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose under a fresh set of proposals being floated by a major developer. Stevens Creek Promenade, slated to be developed at 4300 Stevens Boulevard, will focus on a new hotel and residential complex, along with ground-floor retail. The new proposal has removed prior plans for an office campus on the site. The development would dramatically reshape that section of San Jose, which currently is dominated by a string of automobile dealerships that dot Stevens Creek Boulevard between Saratoga Avenue and Lawrence Expressway. The new proposal for Stevens Creek Promenade consists of 637 residential units in multiple buildings and a five-story hotel with 250 rooms, as well as shops and restaurants, a proposal on file with San Jose city planners shows. The development plans have emerged after a property purchase in July whereby...
              After Governor Ralph Northam made a number of proposals to the state’s biennial budget on Wednesday, several Republican legislators rebuked the Democrat’s recommendation to expand the Virginia Court of Appeals and claimed he was trying to pack the court. Northam presented his budget proposals during a virtual meeting with the House of Delegates and Senate appropriation committees. “We are also proposing to add four judges to Virginia’s Court of Appeals, along with support staff, to ensure the court can hear more appeals cases in a timely manner under an increasing workload,” Northam said during the committee meeting. The budget amendment would increase the number of judges in the court of appeals from 11 to 15 and would cost a total of $5.1 million over the next two years – $235,419 in 2021 and $4,876,227 in 2022 – representing 2.9 percent of the all...
    A new bipartisan gang in Congress has gained respect and leverage after jump-starting critical negotiations on a massive coronavirus aid package. The House and Senate appeared likely to postpone a new round of significant federal spending after months of stalled talks, but a group of 60 Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate forced a deal now poised to pass before Christmas. "We're responding to that silent majority, that voice of America, that's saying, 'Enough is enough,'" Rep. Tom Reed, a New York Republican and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, told the Washington Examiner. The caucus joined with a group of eight senators to draft a bipartisan package, announcing it at a news conference in the Capitol and calling on leadership to bring it up for a vote this month. A few more senators joined the gang last week, further increasing its leverage....
    Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyJohnson, Lee don't plan to challenge Electoral College results Congress close to coronavirus deal that includes stimulus checks Progressives ramp up calls for increased unemployment insurance, direct payments MORE (R-Mo.) said he will go to the floor on Friday to ask for a vote on his proposal to provide a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks. “Tomorrow I will go to the Senate floor to ask for an up or down vote on my bill to provide a direct payment of $1200 to working Americans, $2400 for couples, $500 for kids,” Hawley said in a tweet  Hawley added that it’s “the #covid relief working families need.” Tomorrow I will go to the Senate floor to ask for an up or down vote on my bill to provide a direct payment of $1200 to working Americans, $2400 for couples, $500 for kids. This is the...
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) blasted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for criticizing a congressional stimulus proposal, saying they had never “negotiated any deal” which has been successful. Warner was responding to comments the lawmakers made about a $900 billion stimulus package that would direct hundreds of billions in aid to small businesses and unemployment benefits, in addition to providing a $600 to $700 one-time check to Americans under a certain income threshold. Omar called the proposal “shameful,” while Sanders said he did not believe Democrats had negotiated well and that it should include “a lot more money.” Warner responded to the comments in a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. “These are folks who have never negotiated any deal that I think has ever been successful,” Warner said. “I mean, We’re dealing with a senate that is still, unfortunately, controlled by the Republicans. We...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Public Schools Board has declined a proposal to increase property taxes and held the millage rate for 2021. According to a report from our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the decision will cause the operating deficit for the 2021 budget to expand by $4.6 million. A 2.6% property tax increase was proposed to help alleviate the long-standing deficit.
    A Seattle politician and 'defund the police' supporter called 911 after having a rock thrown through the window of her living room - a crime which critics say could be 'effectively legalized' under her plans for a so-called 'poverty defense'.  Lisa Herbold called the cops after hearing a 'loud noise that sounded like a gunshot' which proved to be a rock, according to a police report seen by My Northwest.  Herbold is said to have 'dived into the kitchen for cover' and did not see the attacker, described by a neighbor as a white man who was 'unathletic and a bad runner'.    The council member is behind a proposal which could see suspects found not guilty if they are 'meeting an immediate basic need' or showing 'symptoms of a behavioral health disorder' which includes alcohol or drug addiction.  Donald Trump-supporting radio host Jason Rantz accused Herbold of 'hypocrisy' after calling...
    City council members in Minneapolis appear to be backpedaling after slashing some $8 million from the city's police budget, claiming that 'Defund the Police' was never their 'framework.' In June, Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham appeared with seven colleagues on a stage bearing a huge sign reading 'Defund Police' during a protest in Powderhorn Park. Now, the duo seem to be mincing words, with Fletcher telling KSTP-TV on Tuesday: ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen,' as Cunningham audibly agreed.  'If we're going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department,' he continued. Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher (left) and Phillipe Cunningham (right) said in an interview on Tuesday that ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen' In June, they could be...
    Washington (CNN)Chicago's O'Hare International Airport now boasts of being a "place of romance" on its official Twitter account after President-elect Joe Biden's transportation secretary nominee, Pete Buttigieg, recalled his proposal there.Speaking at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, Buttigieg described his "personal love of transportation" before noting that he proposed to his now husband, Chasten, at one of the airport's terminals. "Travel in my mind is synonymous with growth, with adventure -- even love. So much so that I proposed to my husband Chasten in an airport terminal," he said. "Don't let anybody tell you that O'Hare isn't romantic." The airport quickly reciprocated the message, tweeting: "Thank you for appreciating all the connections we make possible, @PeteButtigieg. Looking forward to working with you as we continue to make our airport lovable for decades to come."Pete Buttigieg on being named transportation secretary nominee: The eyes of history are on this...
    With the holidays comes "proposal season." And this year, women are going to great lengths to get that symbolic engagement ring. Or at least that’s what a joint report from Wedding Wire and Betches Brides is saying with its limited survey. The two lifestyle publications’ "#DropAHint Study" consulted a sample of more than 500 women in relationships about how they are letting their partner know they are ready for marriage. WOMAN SUES BOYFRIEND FOR FAILING TO PROPOSE AFTER 8 YEARS OF DATING One in 3 women admitted they plan to drop hints to their partner to encourage a marriage proposal, which may include discussing the types of rings they like or sharing wedding-related Pinterest boards or TikTok videos. @weddingwire Could my hints be any more obvious? ????‍♀️???? @ykt@yktvnicki #bo##boyfriend ##girlfriend ##couplegoals ##engaged ##proposal ♬ original sound - Big Daws More than 60% of the study’s respondents said they plan to...
    A Seattle City Councilwoman called the police to her home Friday to report a crime she is effectively trying to legalize, according to media reports.  Lisa Herbold phoned authorities on Friday after a man reportedly threw a rock through her living room window, My Northwest reported. The councilwoman said "she was on the west side of the living room near the kitchen when she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot and dove into the kitchen for cover," according to a redacted police report obtained by the publication.  A neighbor told police that a person who is "unathletic and a bad runner" was seen leaving the area.  The witness told officers that he would recognize the suspect if he saw him again, but declined an officer’s business card to contact him for follow up. Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold reportedly called for police assistance at her home last week for a...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston City Council overwhelmingly approved creation of a new independent police oversight agency and a proposal limiting the use of tear gas and rubber bullets in crowd-control situations on Wednesday. The measures, if signed by Mayor Marty Walsh, would advance significant reforms sought by city leaders and advocates in the wake of the national reckoning on racism and policing this year. The proposed Office of Police Accountability and Transparency would have subpoena power to investigate police misconduct and would also support two new community panels — a civilian review board and an internal affairs oversight panel. Walsh had proposed the idea for the new oversight bodies following a recommendation from a police reform task force he formed in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May. He's has said his office will review the council-approved language as it makes a number...
    After the $1,200 stimulus checks that were sent out months ago, Senators Bernie Sanders and Josh Hawley have teamed up calling for more stimulus checks in the latest covid relief proposal. Hawley at one point last week even remarked, “I can’t figure out who exactly is opposed to it!” Their bipartisan proposal would provide $1,200 checks for individuals, $2,400 for couples, and $500 for non-dependent children. There’s reporting that even Mitch McConnell is backing stimulus checks now, but per the Washington Post, right now the plan is “a one-time check of between $600 and $700 for millions of Americans below a certain income threshold.” On MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, Sanders bluntly told Andrea Mitchell, “Everything that is in that package is vitally needed. The problem is it is a much smaller amount than the country needs in this moment of economic desperation.” “As you know, a week ago there was...
    Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday introduced a plan to disallow police from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance currently allows officers to cooperate with ICE authorities only if a suspect sought by the federal agency appears in a gang database, has a felony conviction or has a criminal warrant, according to CBS Chicago. Lightfoot’s proposal would end these exemptions in addition to prohibiting cops from detaining or transferring any city resident to ICE custody for civil immigration status violations, the local outlet reported. If the Democrat’s proposal becomes law, officers would also be forbidden from aiding immigration authorities with traffic blockades and in-person apprehensions, according to CBS Chicago. Additionally, police supervisors would be obligated to decline any civil enforcement requests from ICE, the local outlet wrote. Lightfoot, who campaigned on the immigration reform, initially vowed to make the changes in the 2021 budget, but...
    YARDLEY, Pa. (CBS) — A Pottstown woman is faced with a big question during a hay ride at Yardley’s Shady Brook Farm Holiday Lights Show. “Will you marry me?” Chris Duffy asked his girlfriend, Morgan Naughton. (credit: CBS3) It was a resounding yes for a surprised Naughton after Duffy proposed along Shady Brook’s Candy Cane Lane. Duffy even arranged for a very special light display just for his bride to be that spelled out “Will You Marry Me?” “She loves Christmas lights and they had the whole setup. I was hoping to surprise her, I think it worked,” an elated Duffy said. The Pottstown couple hopped off the hayride for a closer look at those lights, and it was photos and congratulations all around for the happy couple. MORE ON CBSPHILLY.COM Powerful Nor’easter On Track To Impact Delaware Valley Beginning This Afternoon TIMELINE: When Will Snow Arrive In Philadelphia Area...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said his administration plans to introduce a bill requiring state agencies to end ties to financial institutions that don't finance oil and gas development in the state. Dunleavy, a Republican, said Monday that his office would introduce the bill during the upcoming legislative session. The proposal follows a series of announcements by many of the U.S.'s largest banks that they will not invest in Arctic oil and gas projects. The banks include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Conservation groups had lobbied the banks to stop investing in fossil fuels in the region as part of an initiative to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska's Energy Desk reported. Dunleavy said his proposal would “protect Alaska's economy” but the scope of his proposal was not immediately clear. “It makes no sense for Alaska to allow financial...
    (CNN)Gwen Stefani almost ruined it for Blake Shelton.The couple, who are also fellow coaches on "The Voice," recently got engaged and Stefani has shared how she almost messed up his proposal.During an appearance on Kelly Clarkson's daytime talk show (Clarkson is also a coach on "The Voice"), Stefani said she had no idea her longtime boyfriend was planning to pop the question."I was trying to get out of going to Oklahoma because it was getting too complicated with (Covid-19) and the family," Stefani said. "I'm like, 'I think we should just cancel the trip.' It was one of those. Then we got it together and we ended up going."Stefani said their families were present including her sons from her prior marriage to singer Gavin Rossdale.Read MoreThe plan was for everyone to go see the house Stefani and Shelton are building and she said Shelton had the ring, unbeknownst to her."Nobody...
    Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. CITY HALL — The City Council will convene for its last virtual meeting of 2020 to approve dozens of licensing measures, development approvals and new policies while officially discontinuing the controversial Pilsen Historic Landmark District two years after its creation. Among the ordinances set for approval will be a long-brewing measure to legalize the construction of coach houses and basement conversion apartments, also known as accessory dwelling units, in five “pilot areas” around the city. Related: Coach house ordinance returns with smaller footprint after hitting City Council resistance Aldermen voted 22-1 during a joint meeting of the council’s committees on housing and zoning on Tuesday to approve the ordinance, which was significantly pared back from a proposal (O2020-2850) introduced in May by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and a group of aldermen. The sole dissenting vote was cast by Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th), who said the...
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Large energy, transport and financial companies as well as digital providers and makers of medical and computer devices could be fined up to 2% of their global turnover for breaching EU cybersecurity rules under a European Commission proposal. Concerns about the cybersecurity of key assets have mounted in recent months, especially over cyber attacks by state actors and other malicious players. U.S. federal agencies and thousands of companies are now investigating a sweeping hacking campaign that officials suspect was directed by the Russian government. The European Medical Agency was also targeted earlier this month. With two in five EU employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and one in eight businesses hit by cyber attacks, the EU executive says its proposal is meant to bolster Europe's collective resilience against cyber threats. The proposal includes beefing up the 2016 EU cybersecurity law...
    No, COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain Satan’s microchips (and other scary conspiracy theories aren’t true, either) Rebuilt Prussian palace, scarred by history, opens in Berlin Gwen Stefani reveals she almost missed Blake Sheltons proposal © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo It's been a month and a half since country music superstar Blake Shelton popped the question to Gwen Stefani, which she almost missed out on altogether. Stefani, 51, and Shelton, 44, announced their engagement on October 27, at Shelton's ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Stefani reunited with another star of The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, on her talk show Tuesday (via The Kelly Clarkson Show YouTube), where she revealed she was actually trying to get out of the trip.  © Provided by Daily Mail Almost missed: It's been a month and a half since country music superstar Blake Shelton popped the question to Gwen Stefani, which she almost missed out on altogether...
    THE Great Reset is a concept that would essentially reboot the economy following a miserable 2020. The World Economic Forum came up with the idea. 5The coronavirus has been devastating in the US and around the worldCredit: AFP - Getty What is The Great Reset? The Great Reset is a proposal to rebuild the economy sustainably following the devastating impact left by the coronavirus pandemic. "Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties," according to the World Economic Forum. "To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. 5A man carries an oxygen cylinder to deliver it to a relative at the area of respiratory diseases of the 2 de Mayo Hospital in Lima on June 3, 2020Credit: AFP - Getty "Every...
    Elizabeth Canela, project manager for Totem, a developer based in Brooklyn, has become a main character in the current rezoning fight in Sunset Park. In 1999 she and her family were priced out of their Sunset Park apartment and pushed into public housing. “That’s a lot of why I wanted to learn development,” she said. Totem describes their approach to development as holistic. Canela works across all of the company’s special projects as project manager. To some, Totem’s rezoning proposal represents the very hardships Canela faced. After the recent withdrawal of the Industry City rezoning proposal, Sunset Park residents find themselves facing yet another rezoning, this time focused on housing. Totem wants to turn 747 4th Ave., now a Dunkin Doughnuts, into a mixed use apartment building. Canela said she believes that developers can have a positive impact on communities and that at Totem the founders are working to do...
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    CONGRESS agreed to split a $908 billion stimulus proposal into two parts, with each half somewhat appeasing what the two parties want, in a last-ditch effort to pass stimulus relief before the end of the year. The bill is split in two, with $748 billion going to provisions that both Democrats and Republicans support, including the extension of two expiring unemployment programs, an additional $300 a week in jobless benefits, and a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. 4A bipartisan group put split a stimulus proposal between the two party's provisionsCredit: EPA 4The bill allots $748 billion to provisions both parties wantCredit: Splash News Also included in that split is money set aside for rental assistance, student loan forbearance, and funding for testing, tracing and vaccine distribution, and much more. The latter part of the bill is a toss-up between two different stances each party has taken. The bill...
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    Congress — and millions of Americans — are running out of time for emergency coronavirus relief to be approved by lawmakers. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is trying to renew momentum for a $908 billion proposal, releasing legislation on Monday that some hope can still be a building block for an agreement the House and Senate can pass. The legislation is being broken into two parts. The larger, $748 billion package will include a wide range of funding in areas many lawmakers of both parties agree on, including vaccine distribution and the Paycheck Protection Program. The second part has been a sticking point for months. The proposal gives $160 billion to state and local governments, as well as liability protection for businesses concerned about getting sued for issues related to the virus. It also includes $300 in weekly unemployment benefits for jobless Americans for another four months. The breakdown...
    Erin Scott | Reuters Capitol Hill lawmakers are wrestling with a big question that's plagued them for months: How to put together another coronavirus relief package that will garner enough support from both parties. On Monday, a new $908 billion bipartisan proposal aims to do just that, except it lacks one key area of aid — second $1,200 stimulus checks. The CARES Act that was passed by Congress in March authorized the first set of $1,200 checks for individuals and $2,400 for couples, plus $500 per child. In the following months, Washington lawmakers have debated whether a second set of checks is necessary. At times, those payments seemed to be one of the few areas with bipartisan support. Now, however, they are at risk of getting left out completely in favor of other initiatives. Today's bipartisan proposal includes enhanced federal unemployment benefits at $300 per week for 16 weeks, food...
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday unveiled its $908 billion coronavirus relief package as Congress faces a time crunch to pass more aid.   The proposal is split into two parts: One $748 billion piece includes another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) assistance for small businesses; an unemployment benefit; and more money for schools, vaccine distribution and other widely agreed upon items.  The second, $160 billion piece ties together the two most controversial elements of the coronavirus negotiations: More money for state and local governments and protections for businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits.  "I think we've had a Christmas miracle occur in Washington," said Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senator blocks Smithsonian Latino, women's history museums Bipartisan group unveils new details on COVID-19 relief measure Democratic senators push for ,200 direct payments in new coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Maine). "These bills are not only bipartisan products, they are bicameral as well....
    Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2021: Reality politics vs. liberal fantasy Progressives frustrated with representation as Biden Cabinet takes shape Perdue, Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter over Georgia races MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday furthered his push for Congress to pass legislation this year to provide Americans with a second round of stimulus payments, as a bipartisan group of lawmakers prepared to roll out legislation that is not expected to include more checks. “As a result of the pandemic, tens of millions of Americans are facing economic desperation. They can't afford to pay their rent and face eviction, they can't afford to go to the doctor, they can't afford to feed their children and they are going deeper and deeper into debt," Sanders said in a statement. "Congress cannot go home for the Christmas holidays until we pass legislation which provides a $1,200 direct payment to working class adults, $2,400 for couples, and a...
    (CNN)House and Senate appropriators are planning to unveil Tuesday a $1.4 trillion spending bill to fund federal agencies until the end of September, giving Congress little margin for error to avoid another government shutdown by Friday -- with party leaders still at odds over what provisions should be included to give Americans relief from the economic crisis ravaging the country.The goal is to jam the omnibus proposal through both chambers by Friday, a move that would give most of Congress little time to review its contents.House and Senate leaders still want to tie possible Covid relief provisions to the proposal, but it's unclear yet what the two sides will agree to include -- if anything at all.It remains possible that Congress may have to pass another short-term stopgap to keep agencies afloat to give more time for Covid relief talks.
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Agriculture Department has proposed rules for phasing out the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup, by early 2024. The rules were praised by environmentalists and organic producers who have complained of pesticide contamination, but drew criticism from many farmers. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has long objected to the pesticide, and in late 2019, Mexico blocked a 1,000-ton shipment of the pesticide from entering the country, citing health and environmental concerns. But previous rule proposals from the agriculture department had suggested that more study was needed. The new proposal is to look for replacements. “Until January 31, 2024, a transition period will be established to achieve the total substitution of glyphosate,” said the proposal published last week. On Monday, Mexico's Organic Producers' Society welcomed the latest proposal, but proposed a special label be established to certify products that are free of...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board is expected to vote Monday afternoon on a series of proposed service cuts that have been widely criticized as too drastic. The board is trying to save about $130 million due to revenue lost in the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the agency proposed stopping commuter rail service after 9 p.m. on weekdays and getting rid of it completely on weekends. Ferry service and 25 bus routes would be eliminated. The T’s subway lines would run less frequently and subway and bus service would stop at midnight. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and several community leaders have spoken out against the proposal, with Walsh saying it could have “long term, severe impacts” to the city, state and region. Congressman Stephen Lynch said Monday the board should take another look before voting. “We have time, the will of Congress is there to get...
    Representative Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat from New Jersey, center, speaks during a news conference with the Problem Solvers Caucus outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg | Getty Images Congress faces more pressure than ever this week to pass another coronavirus relief bill. Lawmakers' ability to break a longstanding logjam and send more help will play a massive role in how much more the crisis ravages Americans' health and wallets. Congressional leaders aim to approve both pandemic aid and a spending package before government funding lapses Saturday. Republicans and Democrats still need to strike a deal on both fronts with only days to spare before millions would face eviction or the loss of unemployment benefits. A bipartisan group hopes to spur movement toward legislation that can get through the GOP-controlled Senate and Democratic-held House. Lawmakers from both chambers plan to release...
    A BLOKE put a ring on his girlfriend's finger as she slept – then announced their engagement on Facebook. The bloke had been trying to come up with a unique way to propose for weeks, and in the end he settled on not popping the question at all. 4A bloke decided to propose to his girlfriend by putting a ring on her finger as she slept Instead he simply put the ring on her finger at 5am as she slept soundly next to him, then shared the news online. Her new husband-to-be added that the photo of her sleeping, which he plastered online, was one the 'three surprises' she'd wake up to. Sharing the snap on Facebook, the groom wrote: “It's 5:00AM. For weeks now I been planning on how to pop the question.... you know all my moves and you are one very hard woman to surprise  “But the...
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers are splitting their $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal into two packages as they prepare to release text on Monday.  The plan, confirmed by a source familiar with the talks, will include a $160 billion proposal that ties together the two most controversial elements: more money for state and local governments and protections against coronavirus-related lawsuits.  The second proposal will total $748 billion and include ideas that garner broader support including another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding for small businesses, unemployment benefits, and more money for vaccine distribution, testing and schools.  Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine Window quickly closing for big coronavirus deal Bipartisan group unveils new details on COVID-19 relief measure MORE (D-W.Va.), a member of the group, announced earlier Sunday that they would release text on Monday. “The plan is alive...
    Seattle lawmakers are considering a law that would excuse suspects from most misdemeanor crimes if they can be linked to poverty or mental illness. If approved, it would make the Emerald City the nation’s first to have such a measure on the books. The Seattle City Council said the proposal, crafted with input from local public defenders, would excuse suspects from minor crimes like theft, trespassing, or assault — but not in cases of domestic violence or driving while impaired, KUOW-TV reported. “In a situation where you took that sandwich because you were hungry and you were trying to meet your basic need of satisfying your hunger, we as a community will know that we should not punish that,” Anita Khandelwal, King County director of public defense, told the station. “That conduct is excused.” The push comes as crime has spiked in Seattle this year, including during the Capitol...
    SEATTLE officials are considering changing the city’s criminal code to excuse misdemeanor crimes if the offense can be linked to poverty, mental health, and addiction. The idea, referred to as the poverty defense, has not been written – but would allow for people accused of crimes including theft, trespassing, and assault to be found not liable for their alleged crimes, KUOW reported. 5Seattle officials have proposed changes to the city's criminal code in which defendants could be absolved of alleged crimes if linked to povertyCredit: Getty Images - Getty The proposed legislation would exclude misdemeanors related to domestic violence and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the outlet reported. The changes were first proposed in October by Lisa Herbold, a member of the Seattle City Council, and discussed at a committee meeting on Tuesday, KOMO reported. Supporters of the legislation said a jury would hear a defendant’s reasoning...
    Seattle City Council is considering a new criminal code regulation that would see it become the first municipality in the US to excuse misdemeanor crimes if they can be linked to poverty, addiction, or mental health disorders. The concept, known as the poverty defense, was discussed Tuesday by the Seattle City Council's Public Safety Committee after it was introduced by Councilmember Lisa Herbold and Anita Khandelwal, the King County’s director of the Department of Public Defense. Under the defense, an accused suspect could possibly be absolved of a crime – such as theft, assault, or trespassing – if they committed the offense to meet a basic need to survive. ‘In a situation where you took that sandwich because you were hungry and you were trying to meet your basic need of satisfying your hunger; we as the community will know that we should not punish that. That conduct is excused,’...
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) -- Mystery solved!A San Francisco photographer was hoping someone could help identify the couple in a stunning image she took at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco showing a man on a bended knee, proposing to his partner. Can you help identify the couple in this engagement photo? Photographer Denise Cottin @Cottinography captured this stunning image at Sutro Baths today and told me she got a little emotional witnessing this special moment!Would love to find this couple! pic.twitter.com/oMA1SwUODZ— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) December 13, 2020It turns out the photo was a posed concept shot.Denise Cottin is a photographer and vice president of curriculum at the Academy of Art University and is a graduate of their photography program. She says she was taking images around 4:30 Saturday afternoon when suddenly she captured the shot."I was really caught up in the moment I did get a little emotional because,...
    TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A proposed aquaculture project in waters off Tiverton has received approval from the town’s Harbor Commission and can now advance to a formal application before the state's Coastal Resources Management Council. Bradley Boehringer and Travis Lundgren, experienced oyster farmers, want to grow oysters and bay scallops in a more than 2.5-acre area just north of Sapowet Point, according to The Newport Daily News. “I tried to pick a spot where there’s not a lot of recreational things going on. There are no properties directly in front of the lease,” Lundgren said of the property nearby that is owned by the Audubon Society. “I picked a spot where there are not too many people.” The site is about 500 feet away from a two-acre oyster farm that is currently the only aquaculture operation in town. Benjamin Goetsch, aquaculture coordinator for the CRMC, said oyster farms could be...
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) -Germany is planning to close most shops from Wednesday until Jan. 10 as it tightens coronavirus restrictions and tries to rein in the spread of the disease, according to a draft government proposal seen by Reuters on Sunday. The draft was prepared head of a meeting later in the day between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders. It would allow only essential shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as banks, to remain open. Schools will also be basically closed during the period, and employers will be asked to close operations or have employees work from home, according to the draft. Germany has been in partial lockdown for six weeks, with bars and restaurants closed, while stores and schools have remained open. Some regions have already imposed tougher measures as infections grew. (Reporting by Andreas RinkeWriting by Tom SimsEditing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Frances Kerry) Copyright...
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) -- A San Francisco photographer is hoping someone can help identify the couple in a stunning image she took at Sutro Baths showing a man on bended knee, proposing to his partner.Denise Cottin is a photographer and vice president of curriculum at the Academy of Art University and is a graduate of their photography program. She says she was taking images around 4:30 Saturday afternoon when suddenly she captured the shot."I was really caught up in the moment I did get a little emotional because, you know, I had this beautiful scene with the heart and just to be witness to this couple special moment was really emotional for me." Can you help identify the couple in this engagement photo? Photographer Denise Cottin @Cottinography captured this stunning image at Sutro Baths today and told me she got a little emotional witnessing this special moment!Would love to...
    CHICAGO — The prospect of renaming Lake Shore Drive for the city’s Black founding father sparked a contentious city hearing Friday with the proposal’s sponsor accusing another alderman of fear mongering. For months, members of the group Black Heroes Matter have urged the City Council to pass an ordinance, introduced by Ald. David Moore (17th) in October 2019, that would christen the iconic roadway for Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Drive, after the man considered to be the first indigenous settler of Chicago. The city’s Committee on Transportation and Public Way held a hearing on the proposal Friday afternoon, but did not take a vote. Committee chairman, Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), said a vote could be held by April. The name change would affect 17 miles of roadway and would be the “most significant” street name change in the city’s history, though not impossible, city officials during the hearing. It also...
    A NEW trend on TikTok has seen scorned singletons reveal the “craziest” ways they discovered that their partners were cheating. Mandi Kay Bowles from Oklahoma, was the first user to kick off the trend, revealing that she had caught out her ex thanks to a strand of hair. 4Mandi Kay Bowles asked people to share the craziest ways they found out their exes were cheating on themCredit: coconutjon/TikTok Speaking in her video, Mandi explains: “About two or three years ago I was dating this guy and I started noticing that his responses to our conversations were not really making sense. “He was sending me text messages that he was supposed to be sending somebody else.” Mandi explained that she had “called him out on it” but he had tried to brush off her accusations. She continues: “Fast forward, he comes over to my house wearing a hoodie that I had...
    The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to approve a one-week spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown during COVID-19 relief talks. The one-week funding extends until Dec. 18 a deadline to pass coronavirus pandemic relief as infections, deaths and business closures increase. The bill passed the House on Wednesday and President Trump is expected to sign it before a midnight deadline. Before passage, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said legislators should not return home without approving more stimulus checks. “I can figure out who exactly is opposed to it,” said Hawley, who noted President Trump and all major party leaders in Congress had endorsed the idea in principle. Sanders said, “If I have anything to say about it, and I guess I do, we’re not going to go home for the Christmas holidays unless we make sure that we provide...
    More On: government shutdown Trump signs short-term spending bill to prevent government shutdown Senate passes spending bill to avoid midnight government shutdown We must count the deaths from shutdowns as well as from coronavirus House passes $1.4 trillion spending bill to avoid government shutdown The Senate voted unanimously on Friday to approve a one-week spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown during COVID-19 relief talks. The one-week funding extends until Dec. 18 a deadline to pass coronavirus pandemic relief as infections, deaths and business closures increase. The bill passed the House on Wednesday and President Trump is expected to sign it before a midnight deadline. Before passage, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said legislators should not return home without approving more stimulus checks. “I can figure out who exactly is opposed to it,” said Hawley, who noted President Trump...
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The University of Evansville has proposed cutting three departments, a quarter of its faculty and 17 majors in response to what its administration is calling changes in higher education. The music, electrical engineering and computer science, and philosophy and religion departments would be terminated under the proposal, along with 12 associated majors, the Evansville Courier and Press reported. Five other majors — Spanish, history, political science, art history and physics — also would be cut. The proposal also calls for the merger of the school’s business and engineering colleges. “The proposed academic alignment plan is designed to eliminate underserved and unsustainable programs and allows for the investment of more resources to the greatest areas of growth,” university President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz wrote in an email to staff Thursday evening outlining the proposal. All students will be able to complete their majors, according to the email. Program changes...
    Student loan borrowers crushed by five- and six-figure balances can have their payments forgiven under a new proposal for more generous bankruptcy laws introduced by federal lawmakers this week.  If passed, the Consumer Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2020 would create a new Chapter 10 provision in the U.S. bankruptcy code where student loans would be treated the same as other consumer debt such as credit cards and medical expenses. Borrowers would be able to file for Chapter 10 and eventually have their student loan balance removed with the approval of a bankruptcy judge.  The proposal is part of a larger bankruptcy law overall introduced Wednesday by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, both Democrats. Filing for Chapter 10 would give "meaningful bankruptcy relief and give Americans a better chance to get back on their feet," Warren said in a statement. A last-resort solutionFiling for...
    NEW YORK -- Six months after a federal judge determined Ghislaine Maxwell to be a flight risk and ordered her detained until trial, the accused co-conspirator of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein intends to present a proposed bail package of $28.5 million in a renewed effort to be released from jail before the end of the year, ABC News has learned.More than $22 million of the assets pledged to secure the proposed bond will come from the combined resources of Maxwell and her husband, with the remainder to be posted by a handful of close family and friends, according to a person familiar with Maxwell's intentions.The forthcoming bail application, expected to be in front of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in the coming days, will also be the first public acknowledgment from Maxwell that she is, in fact, married, the person said.The proposed bail package, Everdell wrote, will include letters...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cars on the beach at Cape Kiwanda could become a thing of the past. The state Parks and Recreation Department announced a new rule proposal Thursday that would limit motorized vehicle access on beaches around the sandstone headland on the north Oregon coast, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. It would also include the popular day-use site in Pacific City. If approved, motor vehicles would no longer be able to drive onto the sand at the Cape Kiwanda beach access point in Pacific City except drivers who are launching boats. The prohibition on beach driving would extend south to the Pacific Avenue beach access point, beyond which cars will be allowed. The beach at Cape Kiwanda has been temporarily closed to vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic because of staff shortages and safety concerns. Now, state parks and Tillamook County officials are looking to make that change permanent. “We’re proposing...
    CHICAGO — Backers of a law that would guarantee prompt access to an attorney when people are arrested say a counterproposal from Mayor Lori Lightfoot could undermine the effort. An ordinance sponsored by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) would require Chicago police to allow detained people to use a phone within one hour of their arrest to contact family and an attorney. The ordinance is backed by the Cook County Public Defender’s Office; legal groups, including the National Lawyers Guild; civil rights advocates like First Defense Legal Aid; and more than 200,000 other individuals and organizations that signed an open letter asking for Lightfoot’s support. Rather than backing the ordinance, Lightfoot presented an alternative. Her proposal would give officers discretion to decide when it is reasonable to offer detainees their right to a phone call within an hour. That would give officers leeway to make exceptions to the one-hour timeframe...
    Getty Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is pushing to use leftover Paycheck Protection Program funds to back the White House’s latest coronavirus stimulus proposal. President Donald Trump’s Administration announced on Tuesday, December 8, a $916 billion relief proposal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which further complicated “lawmakers’ last-ditch efforts to craft and pass a new coronavirus aid bill before the end of the year,” according to Forbes. Mnuchin disclosed on Twitter that the plan would be funded through $140 billion in leftover PPP aid and $429 billion from the Treasury Department “(likely the unused emergency funds Mnuchin asked the Federal Reserve to return last month),” Forbes continued. Statement on my discussions with @SpeakerPelosi on COVID relief. pic.twitter.com/z3g2geg4sl — Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) December 8, 2020 In the December 8 statement, Mnuchin said, “Speaker Pelosi and I spoke today at 5...
    Getty Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is pushing to use leftover Paycheck Protection Program funds to back the White House’s latest coronavirus stimulus proposal. President Donald Trump’s Administration announced on Tuesday, December 8, a $916 billion relief proposal to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which further complicated “lawmakers’ last-ditch efforts to craft and pass a new coronavirus aid bill before the end of the year,” according to Forbes. Mnuchin disclosed on Twitter that the plan would be funded through $140 billion in leftover PPP aid and $429 billion from the Treasury Department “(likely the unused emergency funds Mnuchin asked the Federal Reserve to return last month),” Forbes continued. Statement on my discussions with @SpeakerPelosi on COVID relief. pic.twitter.com/z3g2geg4sl — Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) December 8, 2020 In the December 8 statement, Mnuchin said, “Speaker Pelosi and I spoke today at 5 p.m., and on behalf of...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio NBC Washington's Adam Tuss on the Metro Board's decision Metro moved closer Thursday to approving drastic budget cuts that would prompt the closure of 19 stations and eliminate weekend rail service. The Metro board voted 6-2 in favor of the cuts, sending the proposal for public review. Vice chair Stephanie Gidigbi, who represents D.C. on the board, and Maryland representative Michael Goldman voted against the issue. Goldman said Metro should wait until next month to go forward with the public comment, when what Congress intends to do may be clearer and there is more information on the implementation of the coronavirus vaccine. Metro Board Chairman Paul Smedberg said that while there may not be a unanimous vote, “We are unanimous in feeling that this budget is unacceptable.” Even with federal aid, the board still has a difficult decision to make, Smedberg...
    By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact, averting a possible veto. Mayor Jacob Frey, who had threatened to veto the entire budget if the council went ahead with its plan to cap police staffing, said the vote was a defining moment for the city, which has experienced soaring crime rates amid calls to defund the police since the May 25 death of George Floyd. “We all share a deep and abiding reverence for the role our local government plays in service of the people of our city," Frey said. "And today, there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future in Minneapolis.” Spokesman Mychal Vlatkovich said...
    Charday Penn | E+ | Getty Images Small business owners with battered finances might be in line for additional funding from the Paycheck Protection Program. On Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle circulated a summary of their $908 billion emergency Covid relief package. The proposal sets aside $300 billion for the Small Business Administration, the federal agency responsible for overseeing the Paycheck Protection Program – a forgivable loan that was created through the CARES Act. The measure, known as the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020, also would provide $300 in weekly supplemental unemployment payments, as well as an extension of student loan forbearance through the end of April 2021. The funding would bolster the PPP and make more money available to firms that have suffered the most. Generally, borrowers are eligible for PPP loan forgiveness if they apply at least 60% of the proceeds to payroll....
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters Few signs of progress toward a coronavirus relief deal emerged Thursday as Congress inches closer to letting millions of Americans fall deeper into financial peril. They will have to wait longer for Washington to figure out how to help them. After votes Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told representatives the chamber would adjourn until at least Tuesday pending an agreement on pandemic aid and full-year government funding. Congressional leaders continue to stress the importance of crafting a rescue package in the coming days to prevent about 12 million Americans from losing unemployment benefits and stop families across the country from getting tossed out of their homes. Despite a flurry of activity to try to reach a deal, lawmakers still have not resolved disputes that...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during her weekly press conference Thursday that she believes the bipartisan group of lawmakers engaged in negotiations over a coronavirus relief bill are nearing a deal. Pelosi said that she had "great respect" for the bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers engaged in negotiations over a $908 billion relief proposal. "I think they've made great progress, and I salute them for that," Pelosi said about the negotiators. However, the group has not yet published legislative text for their proposal. A six-page summary of the framework obtained by CBS News does not include specifics on liability protections for companies and institutions whose workers get COVID-19 and aid to state and local governments, two of the major sticking points in negotiations. This framework is not a concrete bill, and lawmakers remain divided over the scale and scope of a relief package. Time is running out for Congress to pass...
    WASHINGTON – Acting on suggestions from hospitals, doctors and patients, U.S. health officials are proposing changes to medical privacy rules that could ease information sharing in crisis situations. Trump administration officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say their proposal, being released Thursday, adapts lessons learned from the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic. There's no way the rule can be finalized before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but the officials are hoping the incoming administration will support the changes and see them through. “These are needed, uncontroversial, bipartisan reforms to these regulations,” Eric Hargan, deputy HHS secretary, said in an interview. “This was based on our request for information, and we got a lot of feedback." Some of the proposals would also affect everyday interactions. One that people might notice: patients would have a clear legal right to take photos of their records on the spot at...
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting on suggestions from hospitals, doctors and patients, U.S. health officials are proposing changes to medical privacy rules that could ease information sharing in crisis situations. Trump administration officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say their proposal, being released Thursday, adapts lessons learned from the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic. There's no way the rule can be finalized before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, but the officials are hoping the incoming administration will support the changes and see them through. “These are needed, uncontroversial, bipartisan reforms to these regulations,” Eric Hargan, deputy HHS secretary, said in an interview. “This was based on our request for information, and we got a lot of feedback." Some of the proposals would also affect everyday interactions. One that people might notice: patients would have a clear legal right to take photos of...
    STARBUCKS CEO joins Walmart and McDonald's in asking Congress members to "take action" on a second Covid stimulus bill. "We need Congress to take action," said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson at the company's investor day on Wednesday. 6Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has called on Congress to 'take action' on a second Covid stimulus billCredit: Getty Images - Getty Johnson released an open letter to Congress, encouraging lawmakers to pass a second relief bill to save small businesses. "Starbucks urges Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to pass new COVID relief legislation to address the urgent needs to our communities. "Especially for the millions of Americans out of work, small businesses facing economic uncertainty and the public health needs of state and local governments on the front lines of the pandemic," Johnson wrote. In the letter, the CEO also highlighted Starbucks' plan to pay all of their employees at least $15-an-hour...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi will hold her weekly press conference Thursday, after saying the bipartisan group of lawmakers engaged in negotiations over a coronavirus relief bill are nearing a deal. "I think that we're close. That's what they tell me, those who are negotiating," Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday. Pelosi's comments come after a bipartisan group of lawmakers circulated a framework for their $908 billion relief proposal Wednesday. The six-page summary obtained by CBS News does not include specifics on liability protections for companies and institutions whose workers get COVID-19 and aid to state and local governments, two of the major sticking points in negotiations. How to watch Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference What: Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press conference Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 Time: 10:45 a.m. ET Location: U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC How to watch: Live on CBSN in the player above or...
    Washington — Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that Congress is "close" to reaching a deal on a coronavirus relief proposal, as bipartisan talks continue. "I think that we're close. That's what they tell me, those who are negotiating," Pelosi said. Pelosi's comments come after a bipartisan group of lawmakers circulated a framework for their $908 billion relief proposal on Wednesday. The six-page summary obtained by CBS News does not include specifics on liability protections and aid to state and local governments, two of the major sticking points in negotiations. The summary includes an "agreement in principle to provide $160 billion" for state and local governments "as the basis for good faith negotiations," which is critical for Democrats, as well as an "agreement in principle" on liability shields, a priority for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The summary also makes no mention of another round of direct payments to Americans,...
    Getty The Trump administration is offering $600 stimulus checks for Americans in a bid to break a months-long stalemate over a second COVID-19 stimulus relief package. According to MLive, the $600 proposal came from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, Pelosi has already indicated she won’t agree with the president’s overall relief proposal, which includes the checks. However, there’s a catch; according to Mlive, the $600 checks would be in exchange for Democrats to remove $300 in weekly unemployment benefits from the relief package. Republicans have consistently raised concern that enhanced jobless benefits create too much of an incentive for people not to work, while Democrats have insisted people need them to survive. The negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress have broken down for months because neither side can agree on the overall pricetag of a second relief...
    Getty The Trump administration is offering $600 stimulus checks for Americans in a bid to break a months-long stalemate over a second COVID-19 stimulus relief package. According to MLive, the $600 proposal came from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, Pelosi has already indicated she won’t agree with the president’s overall relief proposal, which includes the checks. However, there’s a catch; according to Mlive, the $600 checks would be in exchange for Democrats to remove $300 in weekly unemployment benefits from the relief package. Republicans have consistently raised concern that enhanced jobless benefits create too much of an incentive for people not to work, while Democrats have insisted people need them to survive. The negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Congress have broken down for months because neither side can agree on the overall pricetag of a second relief plan, which has ranged from...
    Reuters December 9, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a one-week extension of federal government funding, giving lawmakers more time to haggle over a broader spending package with coronavirus relief. The House voted 343-67 on a measure to prevent federal programs from running out of money on Friday at midnight (0500 GMT on Saturday) by extending current funding levels until Dec. 18. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure as early as Thursday and send it to President Donald Trump in time to avoid a government shutdown. The move gives Congress seven more days to enact a broader, $1.4 trillion “omnibus” spending measure, to which congressional leaders hope to attach the long-awaited COVID-19 relief package. But agreement has remained elusive this week as proposals and counterproposals on COVID-19 aid have flown around the U.S. Capitol. The thorniest issues – business liability protections...
    Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Democrats to vote on leadership rules amid power struggle Durbin leads opposition to COVID-19 liability shield with eye on Judiciary post This week: Congress poised to buy more time on spending, coronavirus talks MORE (D-Ill.) is poised to become the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee next year and keep his spot as No. 2 Senate Democrat.  Senate Democrats voted on Wednesday to approve a rules change proposal from Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate Democrats to vote on leadership rules amid power struggle Power struggle sparks tensions among Senate Democrats Overnight Defense: Lawmakers release compromise defense bill in defiance of Trump veto threat | Senate voting next week on blocking UAE arms sale | Report faults lack of training, 'chronic fatigue' in military plane crashes MORE (D-Va.) that will allow Durbin to hold one top committee position in addition to being the Senate Democratic whip,...
    The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a one-week government funding bill to allow COVID-19 relief talks to continue until Dec. 18. All Democrats and most Republicans supported the measure. Sixty-six Republicans and Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voting against it. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation Thursday ahead of a Friday deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The extension allows more time for compromise on pandemic stimulus legislation as party leaders clash on details. In one of the latest twists, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) indicated they would support $600 stimulus checks as part of the relief package. But stimulus checks aren’t currently part of a $908 billion bipartisan proposal that’s backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). An estimated 12 million people face loss of unemployment benefits Dec. 26, as state...
    Momentum appeared to stall Wednesday on a COVID-19 relief bill amid differences not only between the parties, but between Senate Republicans and the White House over what should be included in the legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump taps Conway, Chao to government posts in waning days of administration Pelosi, Schumer hit Trump but cite 'progress' in COVID relief talks McCarthy says he and McConnell back 0 stimulus checks MORE (R-Ky.) accused Democratic leaders of blocking progress, casting doubt on reaching a deal this week. “At every turn they’ve delayed, deflected, moved the goalpost and made the huge number of places where Congress agrees into a hostage … for the few places where we do not agree,” he said on the Senate floor. McConnell pointed to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Schumer hit Trump but cite 'progress' in COVID relief talks McCarthy says he and McConnell back 0 stimulus checks...
    Enlarge Image General overall view of Zion National Park signage, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in Springdale, Utah. Newscom/Sipa USA BAR HARBOR, Maine — A proposal from New England senators to ensure free lifetime entry to national parks for all disabled U.S. veterans has been signed into law. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine proposed the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act to provide the free access to veterans who suffered or aggravated disabilities while serving in the military. President Donald Trump has signed the proposal into law. Collins and Shaheen said a previous act left some uncertainty about whether all wounded veterans would have access to a free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Collins said the new law “will ensure that disabled veterans can continue to access our country’s national treasures for outdoor recreation.”
    LOGAN SQUARE — A developer who was scolded by Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) for posting fliers about a Milwaukee Avenue project before it was approved has reemerged with a scaled-back proposal for the site. Mark Kappelman, with the residential real estate firm Tri Homes Today, is now seeking a minor zoning change to rehab and redevelop a long-vacant six-unit apartment building at 2901 N. Milwaukee Ave. Kappelman plans to build a nine-unit apartment building — one reserved as affordable under a community benefits agreement — with 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space, The developer doesn’t plan to make any changes to the height or the size of the building. It significantly condenses Kappelman’s original proposal, which called for a 19-unit apartment building and a two-story addition. A rendering of the new proposal at 2901 N. Milwaukee Ave. [Provided] The building sits on a stretch of Milwaukee Avenue that has been the...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers have yet another new coronavirus aid proposal to consider as time runs out to make a deal on assistance addressing the economic impact of the pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin late Tuesday pitched a $916 billion aid package that has the support of President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rejected as "unacceptable" the president’s proposal to cut supplementary funding for employment insurance from the $180 billion offered in a bipartisan proposal down to $40 billion. In a statement, Pelosi and Schumer said, “While it is progress that Leader McConnell has signed off on a $916 billion offer that is based off of the bipartisan framework, the president’s proposal must not be allowed to obstruct the bipartisan congressional talks that are underway.” FILE - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer,...
    Washington (CNN)A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to inch closer to an agreement on a federal coronavirus relief package, but it does not currently include cash payments like the ones sent to more than 160 million Americans earlier in the year. Rather, the proposed deal focuses on unemployment benefits, aid for small businesses and other targeted assistance rather than direct payments to all Americans -- despite a last-minute push by progressive members of Congress, as well as Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, in support of another round of $1,200 payments. READ: Bipartisan lawmakers summary of their Covid relief proposalThe group, which started to roll out parts of its bill on Wednesday, is trying to keep the cost of the package below $1 trillion in order to garner Republican support. The stimulus payments could cost at least $300 billion, depending on how many people would be eligible and how...
    Washington — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is circulating a framework for their $908 billion coronavirus relief proposal, but the six-page summary obtained by CBS News does not include specifics on liability protections and aid to state and local governments, two of the major sticking points in negotiations. The summary includes an "agreement in principle to provide $160 billion" for state and local governments "as the basis for good faith negotiations," which is critical for Democrats, as well as an "agreement in principle" on liability shields, a priority for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The summary also makes no mention of another round of direct payments to Americans, although it would reinstate a scaled-down version of the popular unemployment supplement that expired at the end of July. The proposal would provide an additional $300 per week benefit on top of unemployment insurance from the end of December until April...
    MITCH McConnell said Congress "can't leave for Christmas break without doing a Covid bill" as he asks Dems to drop their stimulus demands. The Senate Majority leader suggested Congressional negotiators should drop the two most controversial stimulus demands, so that Democrats and Republicans can work on the features they both agree on. 6Mitch McConnell said Congress 'can't leave for Christmas break without doing a Covid bill'Credit: AP:Associated Press "What I recommend is we set aside liability and set aside state and local and pass those things that we can agree on, knowing full well we'll be back at this after the first of the year," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. "We can't leave without doing a COVID bill - the country needs it." Republicans have repeatedly rejected Dems demands for $150billion in funding for state and local governments. Democrats on the other hand have equally been opposing to Republicans request...
    They're just monsters. All of them. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and two-time popular vote sore loser Donald Trump decided to step in and completely blow up ongoing congressional negotiations on coronavirus relief Tuesday, with a $916 billion proposal that is just simply cruel. While they're putatively offering $8 billion more than the framework Congress has been using, they would slash the federal unemployment benefits Congress has been talking about, and toss in a measly one-time $600 stimulus check per person. The proposal was blasted out of the water by Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement saying that, while it was "progress" that McConnell signed off on the $916 billion offer, "the President’s proposal must not be allowed to obstruct the bipartisan Congressional talks that are underway. […] The President’s proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan...
    (CNN)A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers has pulled together a summary of their proposal for a Covid-19 relief package. While negotiations continue, this framework could develop into legislation that is attached to a must-pass spending bill, expected to be voted on next week -- if enough lawmakers support it.Here's what the group will include, according to the summary, obtained by CNN on Wednesday:
    NANCY Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump's "unacceptable" push for $600 stimulus checks and said he can't be allowed to "obstruct talks". The Trump administration offered a $916billion stimulus package that would send eligible Americans a $600 stimulus check, but eliminate the $300-a-week unemployment benefits. 7President Trump's latest offer includes a $600 stimulus check, but eliminates unemployment benefitsCredit: Alamy Live News Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin made the offer to House Speaker Pelosi late Tuesday afternoon. "Speaker Pelosi and I spoke today at 5 p.m., and on behalf of the President, I presented a $916 billion proposal," Mnuchin said in a statement. "This proposal includes money for state and local governments and robust liability protections for businesses, schools and universities." However, the House Speaker quickly blasted the proposal, calling it "unacceptable". 7Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump's push for a $600 stimulus check unacceptableCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin...
    NEW YORK -- A controversial proposal to help solve New York City's multi-billion dollar budget problem would add $3 to every non-essential package delivered in the city.The legislation, introduced by Brooklyn Assemblyman Robert Carroll earlier this year, would use the money from the tax for bailing out the MTA. The city's cash-strapped transit system is facing billions of dollars in budget deficits over the next four years caused by drastically reduced ridership during the coronavirus pandemic. This holiday season let’s track our packages. How many boxes do you get delivered? How many @amazon, @FedEx & @UPS trucks do you see on your block? These packages cause traffic/smog/landfill. #CountTheBoxes & support mine & @jessicaramos $3 surcharge on nonessential deliveries. pic.twitter.com/sGCfmHnB7u— Assemblymember Robert Carroll (@Bobby4Brooklyn) December 8, 2020The surcharge would apply to non-essential packages ordered online for delivery, with the exception of those containing food or medicine.An estimated 1.8 million packages are...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both support stimulus checks for Americans for $600 in the current coronavirus relief package under discussion in Congress.  McCarthy told Axios that he and McConnell committed to the lowered amount during a Tuesday afternoon conference call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at the U.S. Capitol last month. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) One sticking point on passing the $916 billion plan is liability protection for businesses, schools and universities to prevent them from being sued if someone gets coronavirus in the scope of their work or education.  Republicans are also against aid for state and local governments.  Read More: TheGrio.TV to air on 11 Fox-owned television stations “We won’t move state...
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday that he had spoken to Speaker Nancy Pelosi this evening and made a $916 billion offer for a coronavirus relief bill, slightly more than the package brought forward by a bipartisan group of lawmakers last week. Congress remains deadlocked over the inclusion of provisions on state and local funding sought by Democrats and the liability protections Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prioritized. Mnuchin said that the offer included funding for state and local governments as well as liability protections. "As part of this proposal, we will fund it using $140 billion from the Paycheck Protection Program and $429 billion in Treasury funds," Mnuchin said, adding that he had spoken with the president, McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy about the proposal. However, he did not say that President Trump would be willing to sign a bill based...
    Reuters December 9, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on a one-week stopgap funding bill to provide more time for lawmakers to reach a deal on both COVID-19 relief and an overarching spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. The measure aims to prevent existing funds for operating federal programs from running out on Friday at midnight (0500 GMT Saturday) by extending current funding levels until Dec. 18. After the vote in the Democratic-run House, the Republican-led Senate is expected to follow by the end of the week, then send the measure to President Donald Trump to sign into law. The move will give Congress seven more days to enact a broader, $1.4 trillion “omnibus” spending measure, to which congressional leaders hope to attach a long-awaited COVID-19 relief package – if they can reach a deal on both fronts. Members of Congress have not...