Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what is on the president’s agenda today:
- President Trump and the First Lady participate in a tree planting ceremony in recognition of Earth Day and Arbor Day
- The president has lunch with the Secretary of State
- President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
- 5:00PM Members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a press briefing
After Democrat grandstanding, Senate passes aid package
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a $500 billion aid bill for coronavirus relief that was held up as the Democrats pushed for all sorts of unrelated garbage for the federal teat. So what’s in the bill?
The measure injects another $310 billion into a key loan program designed to keep employees on small company payrolls. The initial $350 billion in the so-called Paycheck Protection Program, created as part of the $2 trillion rescue package passed last month, dried up last week. It is unclear how many firms have actually received the money.
The bill passed Tuesday allocates $60 billion for small lenders as part of the small business aid program. It puts another $60 billion toward Small Business Administration disaster assistance loans and grants. It includes $75 billion in hospital relief and $25 billion for coronavirus testing.
The bill piles more money into an unprecedented government effort to relieve an economy and health-care system devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. More than 22 million people filed for unemployment benefits over the latest four-week period as businesses in most of the country remain closed to slow Covid-19′s spread.
The bill will now head to the House where it should get a vote on Thursday.
“I am just sorry that it took my colleagues in Democratic leadership 12 days to accept the inevitable, and that they shut down emergency support for Main Street in a search for partisan ‘leverage’ that never materialized,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday before the Senate passed the legislation.
McConnell and Senate Democrats initially tried to pass their own dueling proposals nearly two weeks ago, but both were blocked. McConnell was offering an additional $250 billion for the small-business aid program, while Democrats wanted to add an additional $100 billion for hospitals, $150 billion for state and local governments, and a boost in food stamp assistance.
“Democratic leaders blocked the money and spent days trying to negotiate extraneous issues that were never on the table. I am grateful our colleagues have walked away from those demands and will finally let Congress act,” McConnell said in a statement.
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And that’s all I’ve got, now go put use some hand sanitizer!