As youâ€™ve probably heard by now, thereâ€™s a very scary, very contagious disease ravaging the U.S. called COVID-19, which has not only killed more than 287,000 people but millions of jobs and thousands of businesses as well. Not having a job, you see, is bad for people who canâ€™t just drop $30 million on a Miami island and actually have to think about where theyâ€™re going to get money to pay for things like shelter and buy stuff like food. Itâ€™s extra bad if they happen to live in a country where the government does comparatively little to help people whoâ€™ve fallen on hard times and exceedingly bad if that country is the United States, where the president is a cartoonishly evil moron named Donald Trump, who apparently thinks everyone can just get by on possible tax fraud and other financial schemes.
On Tuesday, that outlook translated to the Trump administration proposing an economic relief package that would not only offer much fewer federal unemployment benefits than what has been proposed by lawmakers, but would reduce those $1,200 checks people got in the spring by half. Per The Washington Post:
While economists have not universally endorsed stimulus checks, with some arguing that millions went out to families whose breadwinners have not lost their jobs or been forced to take pay cuts, others have noted, per the Post, that â€œthe checks helped stabilize a turbulent economy and reached many people struggling economically who were denied unemployment benefits or other forms of social insurance.â€ An analysis by the Urban Institute in August found that another round of checks would prevent 6.3 million people from falling into poverty.
In response to the plan submitted by Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement saying, â€œThe presidentâ€™s proposal starts by cutting the unemployment insurance proposal being discussed by bipartisan Members of the House and Senate from $180 billion to $40 billion. That is unacceptable.â€
In other congressional news, on Tuesday, Representative Katie Porter skewered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking the bipartisan relief package unveiled earlier this month because it doesnâ€™t protect employers for being sued for negligence. â€œEveryone at the negotiating tableâ€”including Senate Rsâ€”has agreed to a compromise. Except one,â€ Porter tweeted. â€œMitch McConnell is refusing to bring it to the floor unless it wipes away all COVID-related lawsuits filed that â€˜allege injury or deathâ€™ due to corporate negligence. These lawsuits represent the worst of the worst examples of disregard for human lifeâ€”cases filed on behalf of nursing home patients and grocery store workers who died because the company in charge of keeping them safe prioritized cutting costs over protecting them.â€œ She added: â€œThe same McConnell who said that President Trump is â€˜100% within his rightsâ€™ to pursue baseless lawsuits alleging election fraud is now refusing to pass urgently-needed relief unless it strips those same rights from the most vulnerable among us. This must be exposed.â€
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