US Senate Kyle Loeffler, one of two Republican incumbents who are fighting for their seats in the Georgia Senate run-off, refused to accept Joe Biden’s victory while speaking to reporters in Atlanta today.
“There will be a time for him if that comes true, but the president has every legal recourse right and we are letting it play now,” she said.
Loeffler’s statement also came after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory and congratulated him for the presidential-election victory.
In a statement, Rafael Warnock, the Democratic pastor who is running against Loeffer, said his remarks are “careless and abusive to Georgia voters.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is alienated after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for Kovid-19. The State Department said Pompeo has tested negative, but is being monitored by medical professionals. The department did not identify who the infected person intended for privacy.
The White House has come to go unrestrained in its plan for a holiday season filled with parties amid the epidemic. The White House plans to have at least 25 indoor parties in December, ignoring warnings of gathering indoors, where the virus is most likely to spread. The State Department yesterday held a party with dozens of diplomats, although only a small fraction of the 900 invited were shown. Pompeo and his wife, Susan, though the secretary were not scheduled to speak at the event.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren is writing a book that will be “a passionate plea for political change”, focusing on six key experiences of her life that have shaped her policy stance.
In a statement, Warren said that the book is “particularly personal: I bring the pieces I am into to battle real change, and I passionately believe that we are in a moment when extraordinary changes are possible” . The title is in reference to a line spoken about Warren by most Senate leader Mitch McConnell: “Still, she persisted”, rebuking the senator for making “a lengthy speech” on the Senate floor in 2017.
The book has been released on 20 April.
Two former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff, both Trump political appointees, went public with allegations that the White House continually intervened under the guidance of the CDC, softening public health guidance and updates for Kovid-19 Was trying to publish for the agency. public.
Kyle McGowan, a former chief of the CDC, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, both 34, spoke in an annoying interview with the New York Times that was published this morning. McGowan described the impact of the White House on the CDC as “one hand grasping something, and it slowly stops, shuts down, shuts down, until you realize that, mid-summer.” In, the CDC has a complete grip on everything ”.
He described how the agency’s documents went through a number of political appointments across Washington, many with no expertise in public health. The guidelines will receive edits from White House budget director Russell Watt, former senior advisor Kalian Conway and even Ivanka Trump.
“Every time science collides with messaging, messaging wins,” McGowan said.
As the top two Democratic leaders in Congress are wrapping up coronovirus stimulus talks with Republicans, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the Intercept that she believes it’s time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is.
The US representative from New York said that leadership had made no real preparations for the next generation of leadership. The power of both parties has remained concentrated in leadership. He said, “Individual members have much less power than they did 30, 40, 50 years ago.”
Pelosi will have a role as speaker for the vote in January. She will likely get to keep her seat, but everyone is angered by Ocasio-Cortez’s comments amid continued discontent against the progressive, liberal leadership in the Democratic Party.
Ocasio-Cortez said that she herself would not run for the House speaker, citing her lack of experience. “The house is extraordinarily complex and I’m not ready,” she said. It can’t be me. I know I can’t work. ”
While the delegate feels that it is time for Schumer and Pelosi to leave, he said he has no plans to take the place and “if you make that void, to fill that void with something even worse” There is a lot of nefarious force at play, ”he said.
More information about the coronovirus stimulation package is coming out this morning. Several reports confirm that the package will be worth about $ 900 billion and may include another round of incentive checks.
Shipped to Americans in April are likely to be less than $ 1,200, Politico is reporting. It does not appear that this includes funding for state and local governments, which were insisting on businesses or Mitch McConnell’s “liability shield” to protect Democrats from Kovid-related lawsuits.
Jake Sherman of Politico said Twitter The package is almost ready to go, and negotiations can take place by this morning, possibly if all goes away completely.
The bill could receive pushback from progressive Democrats. Congress Progressive Caucus chairperson Pramila Jaipal said in a statement that the caucus is “united” in the position that “any package should include direct survival checks and enhanced unemployment assistance”.
US Representative Rashida Talib, vice chairman of the caucus, tweeted this morning that she would not vote for a bill that does not have checks or unemployment insurance.
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Top Congress leaders will continue to negotiate the long-awaited second coronovirus stimulus package. After months of negotiations – hampered by a new Supreme Court Justice and presidential election confirmation – top Democratic and Republican leaders indicated yesterday that they are finally on their way to agreeing on a new bill.
For months, Republicans have been gunning for a demo package with a much lower price tag that Democrats want. Both sides appear to have found common ground on the $ 908bn relief package – less than the $ 1 trillion compared to the first stimulus package.
Democrats have been expressing their disappointment at the bill’s low price point. Speaking on Good Morning America, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris said, “I do not hesitate. People are suffering. ”
“The ban on expulsion and foreclosure is coming to an end. The extensions people need for benefits are very real. And the people here in Washington DC are stopped living in a bubble, “she continued.
But Congress leaders are relieved that the talks are at least going somewhere. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday that the two sides “are making significant progress”.
“I am optimistic that we are going to be able to complete an understanding sometime soon,” McConnell told reporters yesterday. “We are not going here without a Kovid package”.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that the leaders would start the talks soon and “we will be on schedule to get the job done.”
What else is happening here:
- At a rally in Atlanta yesterday, Joe Biden blamed Georgia Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, for playing in Donald Trump’s election fraud narrative. Biden said the duo “fully embraced nearly 5 million Georgia votes”. Early voting in Georgia began this week as everyone’s eyes are on two races that will determine which party will control the US Senate.
- The US yesterday saw 198,357 new Kovid-19 cases and 3,019 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University, yet public health measures such as mask mandates are suspected in communities across the country. A Republican mayor in Kansas resigned from his role after receiving intense backlash over supporting a masked mandate.
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