Bullshit Barbie has a scold for the many states that returned to bidness as usual too early:
“Some of these states blew through our criteria, blew through our phases and they opened up some of the industries a little too quickly, like bars,” Conway told reporters outside of the White House Wednesday…
“Remember, the governors wanted complete latitude over when they would open their states,” Conway said. “They pushed back heavily, handsomely, Republicans and Democrats, when it was falsely rumored that the President was going to be in charge of opening the states. He’s a federalist. He believes in states’ rights.”
Even the Russian judges were stunned with the amount of gaslighting and give it an 11!
American filed 1.4 million new unemployment claims last week, making it 18-weeks straight of claims exceeding 1M new unemployed.
The federal eviction moratorium expires TODAY, and the 4th Reich has said “Nyet” to a short-term extension of expanded unemployment benefits to keep renters from losing their homes while Republicans try to reach agreement amongst, well, themselves
Let’s stare in wonder as the Rudderless Republicans dither, mewl, and bleat!
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
STIMULUS SETBACK — The Senate left town for the weekend without the GOP releasing their proposal for a coronavirus recovery package — and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said its introduction will slip to next week. The reason? Well, after a week of internal bickering, the White House and GOP have struggled to coalesce around a broad relief package. And in a sign of how well things are going, lawmakers apparently spent more time talking about alligator soup than the coronavirus negotiations during yesterday’s GOP lunch.
Keep in mind, this is just the GOP’s opening offering — we haven’t even gotten to the tougher negotiations with Democrats yet. So if Republicans can’t even agree on their own proposal, how are they supposed to quickly cut a deal with Democrats? The flailing almost guarantees that the enhanced unemployment benefits will expire next week. Or, as Marianne and Bres write, “Senate Republicans and the White House wasted a week at the worst possible time.” The dispatch: https://politi.co/2EeZzQg.
So, what are the sticking points? From Bres and Marianne: “The main area of dispute was over extension of federal unemployment assistance for workers that have lost their jobs as the United States economy shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic. … Beyond the snafu over unemployment payments, there were other differences among Senate Republicans and the White House that took days to iron out. There will be no payroll tax cut sought by Trump in the new plan.” More on what’s in — and not in — the emerging bill: https://politi.co/2WNWZHu.
Another potential hang-up, per WaPo: “Complicating matters, the White House renewed its push for language related to the location of the Federal Bureau of Investigation building in downtown Washington — which is cater-cornered from Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave NW — according to two people with knowledge of the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss them. Trump has expressed interest in the location of the FBI’s headquarters for some time.” The deets from Erica Werner, Seung Min Kim and Jeff Stein: https://wapo.st/32RTYtk.
Related read: “McConnell’s Stimulus Waiting Game Turns Into Race Against Clock,” by Bloomberg’s Steven T. Dennis: https://bloom.bg/3hAO7gj.
WSJ(!) rips the Republicans a new hole:
“As Washington debates how many more trillions of dollars to borrow and spend, we are in a familiar political spot…
“The Senate GOP’s draft proposals contain Covid-specific liability protection for businesses that reopen. That would help, assuming it isn’t watered down in negotiations with Democrats. More money for testing and health care is arguably pro-growth if it helps Americans feel more secure in returning to work and school. That’s about it on the supply-side. … The rest of the GOP proposal is a $1 trillion spending bonanza on all and sundry. …
… Republicans have no discernible economic agenda beyond paying people to feel better during the pandemic. They need to offer voters alternative policies that would return the economy in 2021 to its pre-Covid prosperity. That should be their phase-four offer. If Democrats reject it, as they probably would, then take it to the voters. As of now Republicans are running as Pelosi Lite.”
I have no idea how this is going to end, but I suspect that as Possum Hollar gets their eviction notices, and gather up their pitchforks and torches, they won’t find #MoscowMitch at home in his shell.