Political Chat. What did Trump tweet today?

Wandler

@nwandler
I see some big banks in Canada have given the option to delay mortgage payments for 6 months. That would help some people but what about people who rent? They probably need it more than home owners.
 

Derick

Best Of The Best
So how do you quickly figure out what every specific person should get? If your house is on fire, you don't worry about the price of water. Send everyone $2k for all I care.
you can't, but can we set the minimum higher? if we pushed say maybe 4k that would help people that live in expensive areas. if we're talking an emergency oh **** fund going out that can't be measured it should at least cover a months rent in most expensive places.

I don’t need any money. If I could opt out I would. Other people need it more.
this. we'd have to decide on investing or donating to one of the many pop up things going on to help the poor. prob split it.
 

Jeff

Florida Man
you can't, but can we set the minimum higher? if we pushed say maybe 4k that would help people that live in expensive areas. if we're talking an emergency oh **** fund going out that can't be measured it should at least cover a months rent in most expensive places.



this. we'd have to decide on investing or donating to one of the many pop up things going on to help the poor. prob split it.
Sounds good to me!
 

Zuplar

Zup
I'm sure you could find someone to donate it to.


Oh wait you don't know any poor people
It’s not that I don’t know poor people, just wouldn’t say I’m really close with anyone that is poor. I’ll probably just give it to my mom. She’s got some expenses coming for the house that have been causing her heartburn. I wish she’d just let me buy the house and she can continue to live there for free I just want a family discount, but that’s another story.
 

Jeff

Florida Man
It’s not that I don’t know poor people, just wouldn’t say I’m really close with anyone that is poor. I’ll probably just give it to my mom. She’s got some expenses coming for the house that have been causing her heartburn. I wish she’d just let me buy the house and she can continue to live there for free I just want a family discount, but that’s another story.
You're a good man Charlie Brown
 

Jeff

Florida Man
Now those are bold ideas that can actually help. Point #2 is the most helpful for my business that I've seen yet. The FL disaster loan I mentioned earlier is zero interest for a year but then it's 12% after that. **** that noise
 

Wandler

@nwandler
Suspending loan/credit payments for individuals as well as businesses would probably be the most helpful. Throwing $1000 at people to provide essentials on top of that would probably be enough to get most through this crisis.
 

Derick

Best Of The Best
they can't afford insulin b/c it's already too damn expensive. maybe pass a law that says all insulin is 5 dollars right now regardless of insurance status.
 

Wandler

@nwandler
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is expected to release details of a roughly $1 trillion GOP-led coronavirus response bill Thursday with hopes of quickly reaching a final agreement with Democrats as the number of lawmakers in self-quarantine rises.

McConnell has been in close contact with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in recent days as they rush to draft a bill that reflects a GOP-wide consensus. At that point, McConnell plans to launch talks with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Mnuchin says the legislation includes plans to send most Americans a check or direct deposit of $1,000 within three weeks. In an interview with Fox Business, Mnuchin said each person in a household would be eligible for that money. In addition, $500 would be made available for each child. So a family of four would receive $3,000 under the proposal, Mnuchin said.

"As soon as Congress passes this, we'd get this out within three weeks," Mnuchin said. "Six weeks later, if the president still has a national emergency we will deliver another $3,000 [for a family of four]."

Mnuchin said the plan also includes $300 billion for small businesses loans. The loans are intended to be used for hiring and maintaining payroll and could be forgiven down the line.

McConnell provided further detail in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. He said the legislation under discussion includes billions of dollars in forgivable federal loans for small businesses.

"Owners will not be able to use the funds to give themselves raises or increase their own profits," McConnell said. "The point is to help small businesses endure, help workers keep their jobs and help workers and businesses emerge from this ready to thrive."

But Schumer says Democrats have a number of additional requests, including a vast expansion of unemployment insurance benefits.

Democrats want to provide a major increase in the amount of money provided through the federal unemployment assistance program — perhaps as high as an equal match to the salary lost. Schumer is also calling for that program to be extended for many months, along with expansions to paid sick and family leave. The president signed a package Wednesday night that included a first round of paid sick and family leave as well as help for jobless Americans, but lawmakers in both parties acknowledged that a broader effort was needed as the economic impact continues to worsen.

Hill Democrats also want limitations on any corporate bailouts or aid.

"If they're going to do these corporate bailouts, we want to make sure they're for the average worker," Schumer said. "We want to make sure they keep all of their workers without salary cuts, we want to make sure they don't use this money for stock buybacks."

The rapid developments come as lawmakers are growing increasingly concerned about the spread of the virus within the Capitol.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., informed members today that the House will not return to session until it is time to vote on a third coronavirus response bill.

"In light of the guidance issued by the CDC, we will be adjusting the House schedule. It is my intention that the House will not return to session until we are in a position to vote on the third piece of emergency legislation to respond to the economic impact of this crisis," Hoyer said in a letter to House Democrats.

Roughly nine lawmakers are under self-quarantine, and at least two have tested positive for COVID-19. While there is rising pressure among some rank-and-file members to allow remote voting, leaders have rejected those proposals.

Dozens of House lawmakers were already asking chamber's leaders to allow remote voting before the any members had tested positive. The effort was spearheaded by California Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Katie Porter.

"Congress also should be no exception to the public health safeguards," they wrote in the March 18 letter to Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "We are undermining our unified, bipartisan message to the American people when we come together on a crowded House floor to vote."

During a House chamber vote, there can be more than 430 members and 100 staffers clustered on the floor, they said.

In all, 52 members signed the letter. Both Swalwell and Porter previously urged remote voting ahead of the health crisis, saying it should be an option to members regardless. However, the issue has taken on a new sense of urgency with the coronavirus outbreak.

Hoyer acknowledged concerns about exposure in his letter to lawmakers and said he expected to adjust voting procedures. "No decisions have been made on exactly what these changes will be, but we will be discussing all options," he wrote.

Asked about members of Congress who had tested positive for the virus, President Trump said "I know all of them" and said he hoped they all would recover. "It's one of those things," he said, noting most people recover.

Congress would have to pass resolutions allowing remote voting, which would require either unanimous consent or an in-person vote. Either is a high bar, making the policy change unlikely at this moment.
 

Wandler

@nwandler
@nprpolitics
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will waive mortgage payments for the next 90 days, based on financial hardship, due to the pandemic. He also said fees will be waived for overdrafts, ATMs and credit cards.
 

Wandler

@nwandler
Not even sure what to believe anymore.

@sahilkapur
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1h

Senate GOP direct cash plan:
—$1,200 check per person
—Phases out starting $75K income
—Lowered $5 for each extra $100
—Add $500 per child
—No $ for incomes $99,000+
—Based on 2018 tax return
 

Jeff

Florida Man
Not even sure what to believe anymore.

@sahilkapur
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1h

Senate GOP direct cash plan:
—$1,200 check per person
—Phases out starting $75K income
—Lowered $5 for each extra $100
—Add $500 per child
—No $ for incomes $99,000+
—Based on 2018 tax return
Probs not worth the energy looking into it until it actually gets passed
 
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