Our Hard-working CONgress just went on vacation for the next 2 weeks

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      The House and Senate have adjourned for a two-week recess without addressing the alarming new rise in coronavirus infections, setting up an intense struggle when they return over what might be the final major relief package for the pandemic.

      Ignoring Democrats’ demands for immediate action, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has focused on other issues in recent weeks, such as an annual defense policy bill and confirming President Trump’s nominees. When the Senate comes back into session July 20, McConnell plans to turn his attention back to the coronavirus, giving lawmakers just three weeks to negotiate and pass a big rescue bill before they adjourn again through Labor Day.

      It appeared many states were going to accelerate their reopening plans last month, but a number of governors have reversed course after a large increase in cases in the past several weeks. Several governors have ordered bars to stay closed, and many small businesses remain shuttered. Another 1.4 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, an elevated level that has persisted for more than three months.

      With some Republican senators resistant to spending any more money after pumping $3 trillion into the economy, McConnell has said the next bill will be their final effort. But he will face a challenge finding consensus among Senate Republicans and with a Trump administration that is itself divided, even before starting negotiations with Democrats, who are pushing for much more new spending than Republicans support.


    • #334066
      retired liberal
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      It went to the already obscenely rich, then who knows where. But not into the economy.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #334068
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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      OTOH, this means the 1% won’t get any new legislation for a couple of weeks.

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

    • #334135
      Utopian Leftist
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      start to give WE THE PEOPLE lip service AFTER they have flopped all over themselves to subserviantly bow before their corporate masters? They’ve done EVERYTHING the PIGLYCONS WANTED! AND NOW! NOW they’ll throw us the scrap of pretending to fight for us.

      If they made any LESS effort to solve our very real, insanely important problems, they would simply stop breathing!

      "All fascism is a result of a failure of the left to provide a viable alternative." ~ Trotsky

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