Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie, and a very merry whatevs to you, sir!) Christmas morning email thingie pretty much leads with:
TAKE A LOOK at the nation’s front pages. President DONALD TRUMP put congressional Republicans in a horrible bind, and they’re getting blamed. … San Diego Union-Tribune:“FEDERAL STIMULUS MEASURE REMAINS IN LIMBO: Republicans in House block effort to advance $2,000 relief checks” …Hartford Courant:“GOP says no to $2K checks” … Tampa Bay Times:“$2K checks tie down stimulus”
… Atlanta Journal-Constitution:“Relief bill’s fate remains up in the air: In U.S. House, calls for $2,000 checks, changes to foreign aid both fail” … Chicago Tribune:“House GOP says no to $2K checks: Virus relief remains stuck in limbo with shutdown looming” … Star Tribune:“Pandemic aid stuck; veto threat mires vote” … Dallas Morning News:“House GOP blocks $2,000 aid checks” … Houston Chronicle:“On chaotic Capitol Hill, ‘all is not calm’: House GOP blocks $2,000 checks as Trump imperils COVID relief amid looming shutdown”
Not a great look, Republicans, but you know, abject cruelty is the policy of the Party of Sedition.
Axios morning email thingie:
“The Washington Post has been inundated with messages and phone calls from people on the verge of losing their homes and cars and going hungry this holiday who are stunned that President Trump and Congress cannot agree on another emergency aid package,” Heather Long and Rachel Siegel report.
- “Several broke down crying in phone interviews.”
- “[M]ost told The Post they are ‘not political people’ and are struggling to understand why Congress and the president would be able to celebrate Christmas when 14 million Americans are slated to lose unemployment aid on Saturday, the government is set to shut down on Tuesday, and an eviction moratorium that has prevented millions from losing their homes during a pandemic ends on New Year’s Eve.”
What I’m hearing: Top Republicans tell me they believe Trump will sign the bill in the nick of time.
- But as one wise man with a strong track record told me: “Not clear the conventional wisdom, which has missed everything about Trump since the famous escalator ride, is correct.”
Without Prznint Stupid’s signature, unemployment benefits run out tomorrow and the Federal gubmint shuts down close of bidness on Monday, and there is not a goddam thing that they can do about it. The lower house is in session on Monday — the day the government runs out of spending authority — but amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s Senate doesn’t come back until Tuesday, which is, of course, after the funding deadline. D’uh.
This is a pocket veto, per Vox:
As laid out in the Constitution, if the president does not sign a bill within 10 days of receiving it (excluding Sundays) and Congress adjourns during that time, the bill is considered vetoed. Because Congress has already adjourned by that point, it does not have the ability to override this veto.
Mackenzie Scott announced that she had donated $4B Ameros over the past four months to 384 nonprofit organizations focused on basic needs. Scott is the former Mrs. Jeff Bezos, who seems to have kept her soul as part of the divorce settlement; I mean Jeff Bezos is a monster and he doesn’t care.
Here are some other places we can help:
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which set up an emergency relief fund for restaurant workers. I’ve been donating to them since the Pandemic started, as the irony of restaurant workers going hungry is more than I can bear.
- Feeding America has a “Find A Food Bank” feature so you can help locally. I heard about them on a podcast recently.
- Toys for Tots -you already know them! It is never too late to make a kiddo smile.
It’s all about collective action. All of our pennies and small donations make a difference; no matter how small a donation is, it helps.
Lord Damp Nut is punishing the Republicans for NOT being seditionist-y enough, but ordinary Americans are the ones who will feel the pain, including Possum Hollar, who finally get to put their money where their teeth should be.