McConnell says Senate GOP will vote on targeted relief, but Trump calls for big stimulus plan

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Senate Republicans would vote on “targeted relief” with a focus on small business aid later this month.
  • “Our first order of business will be voting again on targeted relief for American workers, including new funding for the PPP,” McConnell said in a statement.
  • The statement carried few specifics and it was unclear whether the proposal would contain federal unemployment benefits or $1,200 direct payments for taxpayers.
  • Trump is increasing his calls for another large stimulus package ahead of the election, and it may put the president and Senate Republicans on a collision course.
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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday the Senate will vote on a “targeted relief” plan for people with an emphasis on small business aid shortly after they reconvene later this month. But that may put Senate Republicans on a collision course with President

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Senate GOP to Vote on More Small-Business Relief Next Week Despite No Stimulus Deal

As Congress and the White House continue their stalemate over another pandemic stimulus package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote next week on a “targeted relief” measure that focuses on replenishing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses.



a person holding a bicycle: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks through the Senate subway after a vote on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on October 1 in Washington, DC.


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks through the Senate subway after a vote on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on October 1 in Washington, DC.

The move will come just days before the Nov. 3 election and amid a fierce political debate over confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

While Democrats will almost certainly block the legislation from advancing to a final vote by filibustering it—as they did with a previous piecemeal bill by Republicans—it will offer vulnerable GOP senators last-minute political ammunition as voters prepare to cast their ballots.

“Unless Democrats block this aid for workers,

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McConnell slates October revote on GOP COVID relief plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’s scheduling a vote regarding a GOP COVID-19 relief bill for later this month

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he’s scheduling a vote regarding a GOP COVID-19 relief bill for later this month, saying aid to hard-hit businesses shouldn’t be held up by gridlock involving other aid proposals.

The Kentucky Republican says the first item of Senate business when the chamber returns Oct. 19 will be a procedural vote on a scaled-back aid bill. Democrats filibustered a GOP-drafted aid bill last month and recent talks on a larger deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., fell apart this past weekend, probably for good.

“Democrats have spent months blocking policies they do not even oppose. They

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The GOP Is Pursuing a Public Slaughter Strategy, Known to Some as ‘Herd Immunity’

People are acting shocked—shocked, I tell you!—that the Trump/GOP strategy on coronavirus is essentially one of promoting herd immunity with the possible downside of as many as 2.5 million dead Americans.

We shouldn’t be surprised. It’s simply the logical extension of conservative policies on pretty much everything for the past 90 years—policies that have killed a hell of a lot more than just 2.5 million people.

Republicans simply don’t believe it’s part of the job of government to provide for the “general welfare” of the American people; instead, government—in their minds—should only run the police and the military, while maintaining a stable currency so business can function. Here are some other beliefs driving Republican policies:

+ Government shouldn’t help the elderly avoid poverty—Social Security should only go to those who set aside money during their working years, and be run by private insurance companies, as George W. Bush

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Will Joe Biden Raise Taxes on People Making Less Than $400,000? Trump, GOP Criticize Proposal

Nonpartisan tax groups and critics of President Donald Trump alike have rebuked a repeated claim by Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, that Joe Biden intends to raise taxes on “82 percent of Americans.”



Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Joseph Biden, (R), shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, at the Naval Observatory, on November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden and his Wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a luncheon for Vice President-elect Pence and his wife Karen.


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Vice President Joseph Biden, (R), shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, at the Naval Observatory, on November 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Vice President Biden and his Wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a luncheon for Vice President-elect Pence and his wife Karen.

McDaniel’s false claim Sunday prompted Biden staff and supporters to highlight that Biden’s proposed tax plan promises never to raise taxes on any American who makes less than $400,000 per year. McDaniel shared on Twitter a Sunday interview in which Biden campaign co-chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond reiterated that middle-class Americans will not be hit with new taxes. McDaniel dismissed Richmond’s statement and instead pointed toward

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GOP, Democrats cool to new relief proposal

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., raised objections Saturday to a new $1.8 trillion economic-relief proposal from the Trump administration, dimming prospects for a coronavirus relief deal before the election.

On a conference call Saturday morning with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, several GOP senators denounced the proposal, saying the price tag was too big, questioning the overall direction and criticizing individual proposals, according to people who participated in the call or were briefed on its contents. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail the private discussion.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., called a proposed expansion of Affordable Care Act tax credits to the unemployed “an enormous betrayal” of the GOP’s long-standing opposition to the health law.

“I don’t get it,” said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., of the giant spending proposal that incorporates a number of Democratic priorities

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Northern Virginia business consultant Puneet Ahluwalia announces GOP run for LG | Govt-and-politics

Puneet Ahluwalia, a Northern Virginia business consultant, has joined the competition for the GOP’s lieutenant governor nomination in 2021, campaigning on a message of “hope, growth and opportunity.”

Ahluwalia, originally from India, consults with businesses on client acquisition, marketing and strategic affairs. His wife, Nadia, originally from Pakistan, owns an IT services firm that supports companies and government agencies. They became U.S. citizens 14 years ago and have three children in college.

He says he is running because he believes that in a turbulent year, Virginia is in trouble.

“It’s important that we find ways to create jobs, not only in Northern Virginia but in the rest of Virginia,” Ahluwalia said in a telephone interview.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, it’s particularly important to strengthen small businesses.

As for education, he said Virginia must take a “safety first” approach to returning students to classrooms, noting that officials must work

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GOP consultants say Trump’s threat to skip the debate is foolhardy

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s vow to skip the next debate if it is held virtually delighted supporters but confounded observers who say he risks throwing away one of his last best chances to change the course of a race he is currently losing.

“The president’s threat to walk away from a virtual debate is a power move that seems almost certain to backfire,” said Liam Donovan, a Republican strategist.

“This debate may be the last best opportunity to score a game-changing moment or otherwise hope to impact the trajectory of this race before it’s too late,” he added. “It’s also one of the few remaining speed bumps for Vice President Biden, and Trump would be doing Joe a real favor by letting him off the hook.”

The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday it would hold the town hall face off virtually to “protect the health and safety

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GOP lawmaker: Democrats’ tech proposals will include ‘non-starters for conservatives’

The remarks signal areas of both significant agreement and disagreement between congressional Democrats and Republicans on how to ratchet up scrutiny of the world’s biggest tech companies.

According to the memo, the final report will offer “a menu of potential changes” to existing law aimed at addressing bipartisan concerns that the tech giants have unfairly squelched or scooped up competitors to detriment of their users. The recommendations will include a ban on certain types of mergers, such as on “future acquisitions of potential rivals and start-ups” by major platforms. But Republicans are unlikely to back Democrats’ more aggressive reforms, according to the memo.

Buck said he opposes not-yet-unveiled Democratic proposals aimed at “eliminating arbitration clauses and further opening companies up to class action lawsuits.” And he said he rejects antitrust subcommittee Chair David Cicilline’s (D-R.I.) idea of advancing legislation to force structural breakups of major online platforms like Amazon.

“We

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