Coronavirus relief stalemate could lurch into September

8/13/2020 4:15:00 PM

Coronavirus relief talks are so hobbled that hopes are fading for any sort of breakthrough before September

—Coronavirus relief talks are so hobbled that hopes are fading for any sort of breakthrough before September. Marianne and Bres report that some cursory outreach to Democrats by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin quickly led to nothing after Democratic leaders said the Trump administration appeared to be holding fast to its earlier negotiating position.

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In the meantime, Democrats and Mnuchin talked past each other publicly, revealing just how far from an accord they are:AdvertisementPelosi and Schumer statement:“The White House is not budging from their position concerning the size and scope of a legislative package. We have again made clear to the administration that we are willing to resume negotiations once they start to take this process seriously.”

Mnuchin:Pelosi’s “statement is not an accurate reflection of our conversation. She made clear that she was unwilling to meet to continue negotiations unless we agreed in advance to her proposal, costing at least $2 trillion.” CONCERN —

Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate has led to quick recriminations from the left — not over her policies but over the fact that she’s likely to be a contender for president in 2024, should Biden win the White House and not seek reelection. That would position Harris, 55, as the Democratic frontrunner four years from now and limit opportunities for a robust progressive primary challenge. Holly Otterbein has the story:

“[I]nstead of selecting someone like Karen Bass, who signaled that she wouldn’t run for president, or Susan Rice, who hasn’t campaigned for elected office before, Biden went with a 55-year-old senator who made clear she wants the top job when she ran for it herself. Already, Harris is being described by pundits as the frontrunner in the next open Democratic primary, whether it’s in 2024 or 2028. Progressives said that means they could be locked out of the White House for more than a decade.”

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Treasury yields pull back ahead of record 10-year sale as stimulus hopes falterU.S. government debt prices rose Wednesday morning as doubts emerged over a swift resolution to the stalemate between lawmakers on a new coronavirus relief bill. In Trump's second term the US will be using Russian Ruble. Trump creates the fake bull on WS by abusing the country's financing system. He pumps trillions of dollars into stocks to fool the stupid investors.with those hoopla bs economic packages. Flies keep coming to feed on his craps.

Standoff over Covid relief could drag into SeptemberWhite House officials and top Democratic leaders signaled that they can’t agree to meet face-to-face, much less forge a compromise, on a Covid relief bill to help the battered U.S. economy or tens of millions of Americans facing financial hardship That works real well for those who’ve lost their jobs. Here's an example of U.S. leadership failing miserably, as both sides assume an adversarial stance rather than one of compromise. It's inexcusable that bickering and political infighting persist while many suffer. It's no wonder Americans have so little confidence in government. Dear leader won't let them...

Trump holds briefing as White House, Democrats remain far apart on coronavirus reliefPresident Donald Trump is expected to hold a press briefing on Monday as lawmakers get no closer to agreeing on the parameters of the upcoming coronavirus relief bill. Maybe he can tell us how he ended the War of 1812. Alternative non pump headline: 'Harris calls out Trump for abject failure to contain the coronavirus'

Coronavirus relief negotiations hit another wall, talks of merging aid with government funding worries expertsCoronavirus relief talks hit a wall once again Wednesday, as negotiators appeared completely unable to find common ground and lawmakers poised to leave Washington for the month-long August recess. After five days with no outreach, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pelosi is trying to buy votes

No sign of stimulus deal in sight as Pelosi says Dems, White House are 'miles apart'The gap between the parties on coronavirus stimulus is a 'chasm,' Nancy Pelosi said as it is unclear when relief talks will restart. Just open the economy already and end this farce Fuck Washington DC this is such nonsense Would probably help if ALL the folks WE pay 6-figure$$$ to make laws/watch out for us, didn't decide their 'SUMMER VACATION' was more important.

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