Morning Greatness: Congress Ain’t Coming Back

Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a Phone Call with Food and Agriculture Industry Leaders
  • President Trump meets with the Governor of Louisiana
  • The president has lunch with the Secretary of State
  • President Trump participates in a roundtable with industry executives on the plan for Opening Up America Again

Trump orders meat and poultry plants to stay open

Under authority from the defense authorization act, President Trump has ordered beef, pork and poultry processing plants to remain open. Trump said he would look into shielding plants from liability if an employee contracts the Chinese virus.

Department of Agriculture data show at least 838,000 fewer cattle, hogs and sheep were slaughtered for meat processing over the past week compared to the same time period last year, a 28% drop. Tuesday marked the worst day yet, with total slaughter falling 39% compared to the same day last year.

The liability issue is a partisan issue because one side wants to open the economy up and the other doesn’t.

Congressional Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have said shielding companies from lawsuits will help the economy reopen after weeks of lockdowns.

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate’s top Democrat, questioned McConnell’s idea.

“Is he saying, if an owner tells a worker he needs to work next to a sick person without a mask and wouldn’t be liable?” Schumer told reporters. “That wouldn’t make sense.”

White House officials said they will issue safety guidance for plants to help protect their workers from the virus.

Congress ain’t coming back

These lazy sacks of ****. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced the change, claiming it was too dangerous for our precious, delicate elected officials to return and do their job.

“We made a judgment that we will not come back next week, but that we hope to come back very soon to pass the CARES 2 piece of legislation, and at that time we will be asking members to return to the Congress, to Washington,” Hoyer told reporters.

“The House doctor, when I talked to him yesterday, was concerned because the numbers in the District of Columbia are going up,” the Maryland Democrat said. “They’re not flat and they’re not going down.”

“The House physician’s view was the risk to members was not one he would recommend taking,” Hoyer said.

Chocolate ice cream eater Nancy Pelosi agreed.  “We had no choice. The Capitol physician recommends that we not come back and we have to take that guidance in consideration for the safety of those who have to be here: press, staff, members of Congress, members’ staff in addition to our own staff,” Pelosi said on a conference call.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy disagrees. “It’s clear that Democrats have no idea how to run the House during this critical time and no plan to safely reopen Congress. As Leader McCarthy said last week, we should sit down and chart a bipartisan path forward so members are not constantly twisting in the wind,” a spokeswoman for Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement to ABC News.

CUT THEIR PAY. Elected officials who do not want to come and do their job should have their salaries pro-rated.

Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden

As I frequently say here, “Who cares?”

Failed presidential candidate Hilary Clinton appeared on Joe Biden’s snorefest townhall on Tuesday to announce her support for his presidential efforts.

“I’m really thrilled to have my friend, the former senator, and former secretary of state, and a woman who should be president of the United States right now: Hillary Clinton,” Biden said during the event.

“I am thrilled to be part of your campaign to not only endorse you, but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election,” Clinton told Biden. She yapped on but it doesn’t matter what she said, even Sleepy Joe Biden seemed to be, well, asleep.

Coronavirus news:
Because they have a larger capacity? Big commercial labs given priority for coronavirus testing equipment by feds
Students sue California universities over campus fees during coronavirus
While The Media Freaked Out Over Pence Not Wearing A Mask, Minnesota’s Dem. Governor Was Praising The VP
Uh Oh. Minnesota doctor questions coronavirus death toll, claims ‘influenza deaths … have been called COVID-19’
WUT. NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYPD ‘breaking up’ rabbi’s funeral attended by hundreds
Doctor behind top coronavirus model says projected death toll will rise as more states reopen
Georgia’s daily coronavirus deaths will nearly double by August with relaxed social distancing, model suggests
Ohio’s DeWine reverses coronavirus mask mandate for retail customers as he lays out gradual reopening
Dr. Fauci backed funding for controversial Wuhan lab studying origin of coronavirus
ODNI Denies Report Claiming President’s Daily Briefings Warned Trump About Coronavirus
Trump suggests coronavirus funding for states could be tied to sanctuary city policies
Good. Cruz to introduce bill blocking DOD help for studios that accommodate Chinese censors
McConnell draws ‘red line’ on coronavirus bill: It won’t pass without ‘liability protection’
Credit where credit is due. Yahoo News reporter apologizes to Trump after asking question with inaccurate statistic
California plans to reopen some retail, manufacturing within weeks
Americans losing faith in what Trump says about the coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Coronavirus antibody tests have “really terrible” accuracy, researcher says
House Republican calls for investigation into China and WHO’s handling of coronavirus
Who cares? Former Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: ‘I Will Not Vote For Donald Trump’
Pelosi Fires Back At Trump: ‘Ice Cream In the Freezer’ Is Better Than ‘Lysol In Somebody’s Lungs’
Not seeing doctor amid coronavirus could pose potential cancer danger
Pfizer coronavirus vaccine could be ready for emergency use by this fall
Why? ‘My Fellow American’: Donald Trump letter to stimulus check recipients raises objections
Of course. ‘They’re playing Russian roulette’: As states reopen amid coronavirus, experts warn of risks
 Doctor beats COVID-19 after getting plasma from recovered patient

Other morsels:
Gillibrand addresses Reade allegations: ‘I stand by Vice President Biden’
Stacey Abrams on sexual assault allegation against former VP: ‘I believe Joe Biden’
Alaska school board removes ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ from curriculum over ‘controversial’ content
Andrew Yang sues over New York’s shutdown of presidential primary
Yeah, no one ever does that…Mueller investigators said Roger Stone orchestrated hundreds of fake Facebook accounts in political influence scheme
No one cares. Justin Amash announces presidential exploratory committee

And that’s all I’ve got, now go wash your hands!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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