Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- The president participates in a phone call with non-profit organizations on COVID-19 response
- 5:00PM Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing
Senate reaches stimulus deal
Very early this morning, the Senate finally came to an agreement on a highly controversial stimulus package hijacked by progressive Democrats. “At last, we have a deal. After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic,” Majority Leader McConnell announced on the Senate floor. The full details of the agreement have not been released yet so who knows what might be in it.
But over the last 24 hours, the elements of the proposal have come into sharper focus, with $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
The stimulus bill also has a provision that would block President Donald Trump and his family, as well as other top government officials and members of Congress, from getting loans or investments from Treasury programs in the stimulus, according to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office.
There will be relief for workers and working families as well as some businesses and hospitals, I guess we will just wait and see what the final bill says. The next step will be a vote in the House to approve the Senate bill. Pelosi said she does not want to bring the full House back to D.C so she will pass it by unanimous consent. Any member can block the unanimous consent so let’s hope that threat keeps Pelosi’s wishlist in line.
Now the Senators are free to get out town.
Media, Resistance freak out after Trump says he would like to restart country for Easter
Oh boy, I heard him say it in real time and I knew we were going to get a meltdown. Political tabloid Reuters has a headline that reads: Amid worsening pandemic, Trump pushes to re-open U.S. for business by Easter.
Is the pandemic worsening? I don’t know. The numbers that are showcased refer to the number of people who test positive for the virus, but those aren’t the only important numbers even though those are the ones the media is constantly screeching about. We know the numbers will go up because there is more and more testing available. The important metrics are the numbers of people admitted to the hospital, which taxes medical resources, and the fatalities. The more people who test positive for the virus but don’t need hospital attention and and survive, the less powerful and deadly the virus really is. And no matter what the positive count is it will still not account for people who got the virus and recovered before testing started and those folks probably date back to November when China says their virus first surfaced. But the number of hospitalizations is not an easy number to come by.
So Reuters writes, “U.S. President Donald Trump pressed his case on Tuesday for a re-opening of the U.S. economy by mid-April despite a surge in coronavirus cases, downplaying the pandemic as he did in its early stages by comparing it to the seasonal flu.” He didn’t really “press” his case, Trump said, “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” He went on to say, “We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off,” Trump said. “You can destroy a country this way by closing it down.” When Trump further explained himself he said, “We’ll only do it if it’s good.” Trump also made another point which no one wants to address: what is the cost to our country on the whole? The president mentioned suicides. Is there enough government money to repair someone who had their family business destroyed? Will this cause people to get depressed? The media and the Left dismiss this but it’s a real concern. Nevertheless, the media drags Trump for wanting to get America back on its feet.
Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on Fox News to talk about the CHINA VIRUS and discussed Trump’s Easter remark. “The president clearly listens. I mean, he has this aspirational goal of hoping that we might be able to do it by a certain date. We talked him about that. We say we need to be flexible. He realizes that and he accepts that,” Fauci said. “I mean, he doesn’t want to give up his aspirational goal, but he’s flexible enough to say, ‘OK, let’s look at it on a day by day basis,’ we say, and we will give him data to inform that decision.”
And finally, more bad news for the Left: 60 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of coronavirus: Gallup poll
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go wash your hands.