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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Developments within the stimulus talks | White Home gives proposal | Consists of $600 checks, trimmed down unemployment advantages | Dems reject proposal | Direct funds extra possible in a later invoice | Biden’s protection decide faces hurdles | HHS nominee faces GOP opposition | Vaccine provide challenges | Pence visits Cape Canaveral | Biden proclaims Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief at 2:30 p.m. | Nationwide Pastry Day
‘I raise you $600 stimulus checks, but take out the unemployment benefit’:
By way of The New York Occasions’s Emily Cochrane, “Jump-starting negotiations with days to spare, the White House on Tuesday offered Democrats a $916 billion pandemic stimulus proposal that would meet their demand to provide some relief to state and local governments and include liability protections for businesses that have been a top priority of Republicans.” https://nyti.ms/37NuK0f
That features: One other spherical of stimulus checks to People, however this time $600.
On the expense of: “The plan does not include a proposed revival of $300 weekly enhanced unemployment benefits, though it would extend other federal unemployment programs set to expire in the coming weeks.”
Why this improvement is large: It’s the primary time that Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinOn The Cash: Momentum stalls for COVID-19 aid invoice | Congress barrels towards ‘COVID cliff’ | Home passes stopgap invoice to keep away from authorities shutdown In a single day Protection: Biden defends selecting retired normal for Pentagon head | Home passes weeklong stopgap spending invoice | Senate rejects effort to dam Trump‘s UAE arms sale Momentum stalls for COVID-19 aid invoice MORE has participated in coronavirus aid talks for the reason that Nov. Three election.
Republicans appreciated the proposal: “Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyBiden picks go away Democrats with slimmest Home majority in trendy historical past The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Introduced by Alibaba – Developments within the stimulus talks McCarthy says Swalwell ought to be disqualified from Intel Committee following spy report MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMembers of Congress ought to pressure management to carry a COVID-19 aid invoice vote On The Cash: Momentum stalls for COVID-19 aid invoice | Congress barrels towards ‘COVID cliff’ | Home passes stopgap invoice to keep away from authorities shutdown Senate rejects try to dam Trump‘s UAE arms sale MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly advised the White Home on Tuesday that they’d assist together with $600 stimulus checks in a coronavirus aid package deal.” https://bit.ly/3gvwWNH
Dems have already rejected the plan: “The White Home’s new proposal … was finally rejected Tuesday by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiInspector normal advised prosecutors VA Secretary Wilkie may have engaged in felony conduct: report Members of Congress ought to pressure management to carry a COVID-19 aid invoice vote On The Cash: Momentum stalls for COVID-19 aid invoice | Congress barrels towards ‘COVID cliff’ | Home passes stopgap invoice to keep away from authorities shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Chief Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse passes stopgap invoice to keep away from authorities shutdown US job openings rise to three-month excessive McCarthy says he and McConnell again zero stimulus checks MORE (D-N.Y.), who mentioned the package deal was insufficient and obstructive of present bipartisan talks over a separate compromise.”
KEEP IN MIND — STIMULUS CHECKS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE IN A LATER RELIEF PACKAGE:
“Assist grew on Tuesday for together with a brand new spherical of stimulus checks within the COVID-19 aid package deal being negotiated on Capitol Hill, whilst lawmakers on either side of the aisle indicated that any direct funds usually tend to be a part of a follow-up measure subsequent yr.” https://bit.ly/3gwM6m4
MEANWHILE — TRUMP AND THE GOP MAY NOT BE THE BEST OF BUDS RIGHT NOW:
By way of Politico’s Burgess Everett and Andrew Desiderio, “Republicans plot their first and final Trump revolt: The annual protection coverage invoice is the place GOP lawmakers draw the road.” https://politi.co/3qIGeuj
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LATEST WITH THE BIDEN TRANSITION
Lloyd Austin is in for a journey getting confirmed:
By way of The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel and Ellen Mitchell, “President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania GOP chief on breaking with Trump on election: ‘I might get my home bombed tonight’ GOP Texas senator questions ‘authorized concept’ behind Trump‘s lawsuit to problem state’s election outcomes Almost 30 staffers, members of Michigan legislature examined constructive for COVID-19 this yr MORE’s option to be Protection secretary, [Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin,] is already dealing with a big hurdle to being confirmed: getting a waiver that may permit him to steer the Pentagon.” https://bit.ly/2JMEyzm
Why he wants a waiver: To protect the custom of getting the Pentagon led by a civilian, army members are required to be retired for at the least seven years to be thought-about. Austin has been out of the army for 4 years, so he would want a waiver to be exempted.
Why Congress is hesitant to present him a waiver: Congress only in the near past gave a waiver to former U.S. Marine commander James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Protection: Biden defends selecting retired normal for Pentagon head | Home passes weeklong stopgap spending invoice | Senate rejects effort to dam Trump‘s UAE arms sale Biden defends Austin as selection for Pentagon chief amid bipartisan skepticism Colin Powell praises Biden‘s decide for Pentagon chief: ‘Very good selection’ MORE. https://bit.ly/3oDdKAo
Have in mind: “Austin would be the nation’s first Black Defense secretary, a historic milestone that could be hard for Congress to block. But lawmakers in both parties signaled Tuesday the bar will be high to grant Austin a waiver.”
BIDEN EXPLAINS HIS PICK:
In The Atlantic, President-elect Biden writes, “Why I Chose Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense.” https://bit.ly/33XslPe
The gist: “We need a leader who is tested, and matched to the challenges we face in this moment.”
Excerpt: “The fact is, Austin’s many strengths and his intimate knowledge of the Department of Defense and our government are uniquely matched to the challenges and crises we face. He is the person we need in this moment.”
Talking of Cupboard picks with a enjoyable affirmation course of forward:
By way of The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of California Lawyer General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Well being Care: Momentum stalls for COVID-19 aid invoice | White Home job pressure says vaccine may not scale back virus unfold till late spring | Azar dismisses considerations of COVID-19 vaccine provide shortages The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Introduced by Alibaba – Developments within the stimulus talks Azar says he has met with Biden transition crew MORE (D) to move the Division of Well being and Human Providers (HHS) is operating into early opposition from Senate Republicans.” https://bit.ly/3oAojUX
The primary fear about Becerra: “GOP lawmakers are raising concerns about Becerra’s lack of professional experience in the health care sector, although he did sit on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has oversight of health issues, when he served in the House.”
The second fear about Becerra: “One other purple flag for Republicans is Becerra’s aggressive resistance to Trump administration insurance policies because the legal professional normal of California. Becerra participated in practically 100 lawsuits difficult the Trump administration and was lately dubbed ‘California’s anti-Trump assault canine’ by The New York Occasions.”
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
There’s a vaccine provide threat I ought to point out:
By way of The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel, “The Trump administration’s determination to not buy further doses of Pfizer‘s COVID-19 vaccine may show to be a dangerous gamble leading to a delay of an formidable schedule to vaccinate People.” https://bit.ly/3gvXnmu
The place we stand: “The administration has a contract in place for 100 million doses of Pfizer‘s vaccine, sufficient to vaccinate solely 50 million folks. As well as, the corporate’s commitments to different nations implies that if the U.S. wants extra doses, the corporate wouldn’t be capable of fulfill them till the summer season.”
Trump prompt that the White Home may pressure Pfizer to present the U.S. extra doses: “If necessary, we’ll invoke the Defense Production Act, but we don’t think it will be necessary,” Trump mentioned yesterday.
Coronavirus instances within the U.S.: 15,186,244
U.S. demise toll: 286,461
Breakdown of the numbers: https://Fintech Zoom.it/2UAgW3y
IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE
It’s a no from the Supreme Courtroom:
By way of NPR’s Barbara Sprunt, “The Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday rejected an effort to overturn the outcomes of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, signaling the excessive court docket wouldn’t associate with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump calls on Georgia AG to not produce other Republicans oppose election lawsuit: report Pennsylvania GOP chief on breaking with Trump on election: ‘I might get my home bombed tonight’ Lawmakers name for reducing well being care prices to deal with disparities in pandemic MORE‘s unprecedented efforts to win one other time period regardless of a decisive defeat within the standard vote and Electoral School.” The complete story: https://n.pr/3qJU6EE
This picture stresses me out:
The sky confirmed off this morning:
The Home and Senate are in. President Trump is on the White Home. Vice President Pence is visiting Cape Canaveral, Fla., as we speak. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris are in Wilmington, Del.
President Trump has no public occasions scheduled.
At the moment: President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris obtain the President’s Day by day Transient.
11 a.m. EST: Three judicial affirmation votes within the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda as we speak: https://bit.ly/371kn9M
9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left for Cape Canaveral, Fla.
11:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence visited with “space professionals of the 45th Space Wing.”
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. EST: First and final votes within the Home. The Home’s full agenda: https://bit.ly/2K1mVf3
4:55 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C.
WHAT TO WATCH:
12:35 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence chairs a Nationwide Area Council assembly. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2IupxSb
2:30 p.m. ESTPresident-elect Biden introduces his protection secretary nominee Lloyd Austin. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3n59TvQ
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
At the moment is Nationwide Pastry Day!
And to make you smile, right here’s a cute, little, cozy shock: