Grind for March 9th
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
White House Considering ‘Unilateral’ Action On Coronavirus Relief
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering “unilateral” action on a coronavirus relief package after negotiations between House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalled over the weekend, largely over how much the next bill should give in supplemental unemployment benefits.
The Democrats passed their own version of a fourth coronavirus relief package back in May: a $3 trillion bill that includes bailouts for states experiencing coronavirus-related budget shortfalls (though the bill does not specifically require states to demonstrate the budget shortfall did not precede the virus), a bailout for the United States Postal Service, and an extension of a $600-per-week federal supplemental unemployment benefit.
The bill also contained a controversial repeal of the “SALT” cap, a federal tax deduction that covers state and local taxes and largely benefits high-income earners in “blue” states.
Last week, Senate Republicans passed their relief package, but limited spending to $1 trillion, rolling back Democrat commitments to state governments, to the USPS, and to the unemployed, dropping the supplemental federal benefit to $200 per week, but adding a number of extensions for small businesses.
Both bills offer significant bumps in funding for schools and hospitals dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, and both bills authorize another round of $1200 payments to individual taxpayers. Read more…
Trump set to sign landmark Great American Outdoors Act
President Trump is set to sign the Great American Outdoors Act on Tuesday morning – bipartisan legislation that’s been heralded as the most significant conservation bill in a generation.
The president, Vice President Pence, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., are all expected to give remarks prior to the signing.
Several senior administration officials, members of Congress, leaders from the Park Service, and various business executives from the fishing and gaming industry will also be in attendance.
That list includes Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and an adviser who was an outspoken advocate for the passage of the bill.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made us value, now more than ever, the national treasure that is our parks and the respite they afford our families,” she said in a statement. “President Trump has secured funding for the next 100 years to preserve our national and public lands and return them to their grandeur.”
“I look forward to joining the president and members of Congress, Sens. Gardner and Daines, who we worked with to pass this historic conservation legislation,” she said. Read more…
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