Congress Reaches Deal Securing $900-billion For Stimulus Relief Package

first_imgCutout James Palinsad / CC BY-SA 2.0 WASHINGTON – Congressional leaders are expected to vote Monday after announcing over the weekend that they have reached a sweeping $900-billion stimulus deal to help a struggling nation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the news on Sunday in a tweet.“As the American people continue battling the coronavirus this holiday season, they will not be on their own,” McConnell said in a tweet. “Congress has just reached an agreement. We will pass another rescue package ASAP. More help is on the way.”Propelling optimism on Sunday was a Saturday night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package, top negotiators agreed, yet Sunday was being spent ironing out a handful of issues. All sides said a Sunday agreement appeared very likely, but it quickly became clear that another stopgap funding bill would be needed to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight.“Barring a major mishap, the Senate and House will be able to vote on final legislation as early as tonight,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.The Saturday night breakthrough involved a fight over Federal Reserve emergency powers that was resolved by Schumer and conservative Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.Aides to lawmakers in both parties said the compromise sparked a final round of negotiations.Lawmakers and aides had said it would likely require all of Sunday to finalize and draft the final agreement, which was already guaranteed to be the largest spending measure yet, combining COVID-19 relief with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and reams of other unrelated legislation on taxes, health, infrastructure and education.The virus relief measure was finally nearing passage amid a frightening spike in coronavirus cases and deaths and accumulating evidence that the economy was struggling.Late-breaking decisions would limit $300 per week bonus jobless benefits — one half the supplemental federal unemployment benefit provided under the CARES Act in March — to 10 weeks instead of 16 weeks as before.The direct $600 stimulus payment to most people would be half the March payment, subject to the same income limits in which an individual’s payment begins to phase out after $75,000.President Donald Trump was supportive, particularly of the push for providing more direct payments. “GET IT DONE,” he said in a late-night tweet.It would be the first significant legislative response to the pandemic since the $1.8 trillion CARES Act passed virtually unanimously.The COVID-19 legislation was held up by months of dysfunction, posturing and bad faith. But talks turned serious last week as lawmakers on both sides finally faced the deadline of acting before leaving Washington for Christmas.The measure was being added to a $1.4 trillion spending bill and combined with lots of other unfinished work, including previously stalled legislation to extend tax breaks, authorize water projects, and address the problem of surprise sky-high medical bills for out-of-network procedures.It would be virtually impossible for lawmakers to read and fully understand the sprawling legislation before a House vote. Senate action would follow.In the meantime, with a government shutdown deadline looming at midnight Sunday, lawmakers faced the reality of needing to enact another temporary spending bill — the second in as many days — to avert a shutdown of non-essential activities by federal agencies on Monday.They had not announced any plans, but such legislation quickly swept through on Friday to keep the government fully open another two days for weekend talks.Lawmakers had hoped to avoid that step, but progress slowed Saturday as Toomey pressed for the inclusion of a provision to close down Fed lending facilities.Democrats and the White House said it was too broadly worded and would have tied the hands of the incoming Biden administration, but Republicans rallied to Toomey’s position.The Fed’s emergency programs provided loans to small and mid-size businesses and bought state and local government bonds.Those bond purchases made it easier for those governments to borrow, at a time when their finances were under pressure from job losses and health costs stemming from the pandemic.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month that those programs, along with two that purchased corporate bonds, would close at the end of the year, prompting an initial objection by the Fed.Under the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law passed after the Great Recession, the Fed can only set up emergency programs with the support of the treasury secretary.Toomey said those emergency powers were designed to stabilize capital markets at the height of the pandemic this spring and were expiring at the end of the month anyway.Democrats said that Toomey was trying to limit the Fed’s ability to boost the economy, just as Biden prepared to take office.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),$600 for NINE MONTHS of Shutdown…. Name one politician who didn’t receive a paycheck during this time….. And they think a payout of $600 of OUR tax money, given back to us is FAIR?,The 5,593 page budget-busting bill was posted online Monday afternoon, only hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a vote would be held.For some countries, Christmas came early: $169,739,000 to Vietnam, including $19 million to remediate dioxins (page 1476). Unspecified funds to “continue support for not-for-profit institutions of higher education in Kabul, Afghanistan that are accessible to both women and men in a coeducational environment” (page 1477). $198,323,000 to Bangladesh, including $23.5 million to support Burmese refugees and $23.3 million for “democracy programs” (page 1485). $130,265,000 to Nepal for “development and democracy programs” (page 1485). Pakistan: $15 million for “democracy programs” and $10 million for “gender programs” (page 1486). Sri Lanka: Up to $15 million “for the refurbishing of a high endurance cutter,” which is a type of patrol boat (page 1489). $505,925,000 to Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama to “address key factors that contribute to the migration of unaccompanied, undocumented minors to the United States” (pages 1490-1491). $461,375,000 to Colombia for programs related to counternarcotics and human rights (pages 1494-1496). $74.8 million to the “Caribbean Basin Security Initiative” (page 1498). $33 million “for democracy programs for Venezuela” (page 1498). Unspecified amount to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Curacao, and Trinidad and Tobago “for assistance for communities in countries supporting or otherwise impacted by refugees from Venezuela” (page 1499). $132,025,000 “for assistance for Georgia” (page 1499). $453 million “for assistance for Ukraine” (page 1500).,NO MONEY TO ANY OTHER COUNTRIES NOW.PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!WE NEED TO HELP OUR OWN PEOPLE AND OUR OWN “FAMILIES” IN OUR COUNTRY FIRST.OH YES, FORGET THE SMITHSONIAN, THE KENNEDY CENTER AND THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART. FUNDING SUSPENDED INDEFINTELY.NO MONEY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS EITHER.NO MONEY TO COUNT AMBER JACK FISH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. INSTEAD, LET’S COUNT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA THAT REALLY NEED OUR HELP.ASIAN CARP: NO MONEY TO COMBAT.GIVE OUT FISHING LICENSES FOR THEM INSTEAD.NO MONEY FOR CONSTRUCTION AT FBI EITHER.TERM LIMITS FOR ALL !!!!!!!!!!,Just another example of “we’ll see what’s in it once we pass it!” How absurd. And look at ALL the Pork for other countries while Americans starve and lose their homes without jobs. Members of congress should live by the same standards as other Americans. Maybe they would act more responsibly!,IMPOSE TERM LIMITS IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!!!!!,No wonder why the United States is going bankrupt while Americans are suffering job losses and evictions during the coronavirus pandemic and more individuals/families are becoming homeless while we fatten the bellies of the countries listed. Too bad that the majority of voting citizens will not be aware of those dole outs to these other countries.,NO MONEY FOR OTHER COUNTRIES !!!!!!!!!!last_img read more

Syracuse drops to No. 10 in Inside Lacrosse rankings

first_img Published on April 29, 2019 at 11:07 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse fell three spots to No. 10 in Monday’s Inside Lacrosse Division-I media poll.The Orange were bounced in the play-in game of the ACC tournament after a late surge lifted North Carolina to an 11-10 win over SU.With six minutes remaining in the game, SU led the Tar Heels 10-7 and was primed for a win that would advance the Orange to a matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia. But UNC scored four unanswered goals to push ahead and send the Orange home in their first game of the conference tournament for the second-straight year.Syracuse will have to wait until the Selection Show next Sunday, May 5, for its NCAA Tournament fate. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Wellington-De Soto State Tournament preview….

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are all the things you need to know about the upcoming Wellington vs. De Soto girls state tournament game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.Class 4A Div. 1 Girls Tournament – De Soto (14-8) vs. Wellington (22-0).Ticket prices: K-12 $7, Adults $9. Parking fee: No Charge. Community Pep Rally: 9:15 a.m. in WHS back parking lot. Student bus: $10, leaves at noon . School is dismissed at noon.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Garrett Wilson, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. FM: 100.3.  Live stats: KSHSAA will also be providing live results on this site: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/State.cfmHow to get there: If you are driving it will take about 1 hour, 57 minutes for a 122 mile trip. If you take the I-135 route get off on exit 90 and turn right onto Magnolia Road, left on Belmont Blvd. and then left on S. Ohio St. Go 2 miles north before turning left on Midway.Tournament schedule: Wednesday’s gamesWellington (22-0) vs. De Soto (14-8), 3 p.m.Paola (20-2) vs. Abilene (18-4), 4:45 p.m.Bishop Miege (22-0) vs. Andale (10-12), 6:30 p.m.McPherson (20-2) vs. Labette County (20-2), 8:15 p.m.Friday’s semifinalsWellington-De Soto winner vs. Paola-Abilene winner, 3 p.m.Bishop Miege-Andale winner vs. McPherson-Labette County winner, 6:30 p.m.Saturday’s gamesThird place, noonChampionship, 4 p.m.DE SOTO WILDCATSRecord: 14-8.  Coach: Ryan Robie.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 12.Significant starters: Kristen Saucerman (10.5 points, five rebounds).Julia Johnson (12.5 points, seven rebounds)Mariah Grizzle (13.7 points, 10 rebounds).How they got there: Desoto went 12-8 during the regular season. Five of those losses came against state tournament qualifying teams. The Wildcats lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission West, Silver Lake and Baldwin twice. In the Tonganoxie sub-state, De Soto beat Eudora 52-29 and Atchison 68-33.De Soto (14-8) schedule: De Soto 15 Olathe Northwest 76De Soto 45 Shawnee Mission West 49De Soto 44 Ottawa 37De Soto over EudoraDe Soto 50 Spring Hill 27De Soto vs. LousburgDe Soto 43 Wamego 30De Soto 35 Bonner Springs 21De Soto vs. Basehor-Linwood (no score reporte)De Soto 50 Baldwin 53De Soto 39 Spring Hill 57De Soto 43 Ottawa 29De Soto vs. Eudora (no score reported)De Soto vs. Louisburg (no score reported)De Soto 42 Baldwin 59Sub-state:De Soto 52 Eudora 29De Soto 68 Atchison 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about De Soto:“They all look alike, 5-9, 5-9, 5-10. Very lanky and disciplined.”Fun facts: This marks De Soto’s first girls state basketball tournament trip in the school’s 32 year history.WELLINGTON CRUSADERSRecord: 22-0.  Coach: Eric Adams.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 4.Significant starters: Grace Mitchell (21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds).Lauryn Snipes (12.1 points, 4.8 assists.)Tayland French (4.3 points, 7.1 rebounds)Avery Rusk (11.5 points, 1.8 steals).Shayland French (5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds)How they got there: Wellington was undefeated during regular season winning the Kingman and Haven Tournaments, and winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. Wellington defeated Mulvane 58-16 and Rose Hill 46-33 in the sub-state.Wellington (22-0) schedule: Wellington 47 Kingman 41Wellington 55 Conway Springs 35Wellington 56 Sterling 52Wellington 59 Andale 43Wellington 67 Mulvane 32Wellington 69 Collegiate 31Wellington 51 Circle 47Wellington 62 Clearwater 23Wellington 65 El Dorado 27Wellington 53 Chaparral 16Wellington 56 Cheney 44Wellington 47 Goddard 42Wellington 65 Buhler 41Wellington 61 Augusta 44Wellington 46 Winfield 43Wellington 65 Andale 38Wellington 65 Mulvane 46Wellington 60 Collegiate 48Wellington 51 Circle 32Wellington 70 Clearwater 27Sub-state:Wellington 58 Mulvane 16Wellington 46 Rose Hill 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about Wellington:“We need to enjoy the experience and keep focused between the lines. My daughter (who played on the 2012 state tournament team) said she doesn’t remember anything about the state tournament. It was all a blur. I can say the same thing when I was coaching South Haven. You can’t let the limelight get you.”Fun facts: Of the 128 boys and girls teams in the state tournament, 11 of those high school basketball teams are undefeated including Wellington and Bishop Miege… Wellington has played four state tournament teams this year: Goddard in Class 5A, Andale in 4A Div. 1, Wichita Collegiate in 4A Div. II and Sterling in 3A. Crusaders are 4-0 against those teams… The KPI Index website which uses a formula to determine rankings and predictions, has Wellington finishing fourth at the state tournament. Wellington is predicted to win the first round game against De Soto 52-38, before losing to Paola 53-48 and Labette County 50-49 for third place.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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