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Senate Approves Massive $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

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The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a $2 trillion invoice to cushion the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, together with lots of of billions for corporations and an enormous enlargement of unemployment advantages.

The Senate voted 96-Zero to approve the measure, after two votes earlier in week failed alongside celebration traces. The Home of Representatives is anticipated to take up the measure on Thursday, and President Trump has mentioned he’ll shortly signal it into legislation.

“It was a protracted, arduous street,” mentioned Minority Chief Charles Schumer, on the Senate ground. “It is a time when the American folks want their authorities.”

Earlier than the ultimate vote, the Senate voted down an modification from a handful of Republican Senators that might have capped unemployment advantages at not more than the recipient’s prior wage. That modification, which required 60 votes for passage, failed on a vote of 48-48.

The stimulus invoice offers a one-time cost of $1,200 to most American adults, plus $500 per youngster. It additionally offers for a dramatic enlargement of unemployment insurance coverage, together with offering advantages to self-employed and freelance employees who’ve misplaced work because of the disaster.

The invoice additionally offers $454 billion in loans and mortgage ensures for big firms hit by the pandemic, in addition to $25 billion in loans for the airline business and $17 billion for “companies essential to sustaining nationwide safety.” One other $349 billion will likely be made obtainable to small companies, with the loans turning into grants if the companies retain their workforce.

The invoice contains some beneficiant provisions for the lodge and restaurant business, together with one that permits homeowners of a number of lodge or restaurant places to be categorized as small companies. It additionally contains $75 million every for the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts and the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities, and $25 million for the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Middle in Washington, D.C.

The invoice doesn’t embody any particular handouts for the leisure business, which has additionally been hammered by the shuttering of theaters nationwide. The Nationwide Affiliation of Theatre Homeowners (NATO), nonetheless, mentioned the mortgage ensures for each small and huge companies would assist theaters pay their fastened prices throughout the shutdown.

“With this help, film theaters can get by this disaster assured in having the ability to re-open, understanding their very important, educated workforce is ready to climate this pandemic and have jobs ready for them when it’s secure to reopen,” NATO mentioned in an announcement.

The stimulus invoice will improve unemployment advantages by $600 per week over for 4 months — an enormous improve. In California alone, a million folks have filed for unemployment since March 13, in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom. (The state usually averages about 2,000 claims per day.)

The invoice had its critics. In a press convention on Wednesday morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned the invoice was “horrible” for his state. He mentioned New York has already spent greater than $1 billion making an attempt to answer the pandemic, and expects to spend many occasions that earlier than the disaster is over.

“New York Metropolis will get $1.three billion from this bundle,” he mentioned. “That could be a drop within the bucket.”

Newsom, talking later within the day, mentioned he appreciated that California will obtain $10 billion from the invoice, however he cautioned that “there’ll have to be extra sooner or later.”

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Government roasted for urging Brits not to visit friends amid Cummings scandal

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Critics have warned Cummings going unpunished is sending the wrong message (Picture: Reuters/@GOVUK)

As Boris Johnson faces calls to sack his top adviser for allegedly breaking lockdown rules, some critics are warning a dangerous precedent has been set.

If Dominic Cummings can drive 250 miles to stay at his parents’ home in Durham with his wife, suffering from coronavirus symptoms, many warn not showing him the door could send a message that ‘lockdown is over’.

As the scandal rumbled on throughout the day, the Government posted a tweet saying: ‘There are a limited number of things you can now do in England that you could not do before. Controlling the virus means no visits to friend’s homes’.

Naturally, people were quick to accuse them of double standards as Cummings goes unpunished for his alleged discretion. People asked if the plea to the public ‘applies to the Prime Minister’s special advisers’ while one accused the Government of ‘gaslighting 65,000,000 people’.

Comedy writer Sarah Dempster asked if she could ‘drive to Durham if I’m a libertarian in a padded gilet’, while fellow comic and author James Felton said: ‘What if I have coronavirus though, I hear that’s somehow fine?’

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Mike Scott added: ‘From today I’ve learnt we visit the Grandparents only if we’re 100% sure we’re infected. Can the Government please urgently clarify this!?’

Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet
Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet

John Garrett added: ‘Apparently the rules now are you can ONLY travel if you HAVE the virus, there by spreading the disease so those that don’t have it have a fair chance of catching it.’

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for North Shropshire Helen Morgan said: ‘Nah, if you have symptoms it’s fine to jump in the car, drive the length of the country and spread the virus to your elderly parents. @MattHancock said so.’

Retired lawyer Fiona O’Leary said: ‘Really!? You expect anyone to take you seriously when those around No 10 are breaking the rules left, right and centre.’

In early May Professor Neil Ferguson resigned from the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) after it emerged he had broken social distancing rules to meet his married lover.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was also accused of flouting lockdown rules after visiting his parents more than an hour away, despite urging the public to avoid unnecessary journeys.

Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet
Caption: Brutal shutdown of government tweet

He was also criticised for travelling 150 miles from his London residence to his second home in Herefordshire before moving onto his parents in Shropshire – but he insists he was going to deliver food and medicine.

Number 10 has stood Cummings, saying he acted ‘in line with coronavirus guidelines’ by driving to his parents to organise childcare in case he also fell ill with Covid-19.

Despite a second story claiming the adviser travelled back to Durham days after returning to work in London, Downing Street has not changed its position.

In a statement released tonight, Downing Street said: ‘Yesterday the Mirror and Guardian wrote inaccurate stories about Mr Cummings. Today they are writing more inaccurate stories including claims that Mr Cummings returned to Durham after returning to work in Downing Street on 14 April.

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‘We will not waste our time answering a stream of false allegations about Mr Cummings from campaigning newspapers.’

Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has ‘banned all cabinet ministers’ from appearing on the show.

He said the ‘only exceptions will be those who didn’t publicly support Cummings breaching lockdown’.

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PM won’t face criminal action over relationship with Jennifer Arcuri

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Jennifer Arcuri pictured with Boris Johnson in 2012 (Picture: Facebook)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not face criminal action following allegations of misconduct over his relationship with US tech entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a review of Boris Johnson’s links with the businesswoman found there was a ‘close association’ between them and there may have been an ‘intimate relationship’, but there were no grounds for criminal investigation.

The watchdog launched an investigation last September following a newspaper report that Johnson, when mayor of London, had failed to disclose his personal links to Arcuri, who received thousands of pounds in public business funding and places on official trade trips.

Johnson denied any wrongdoing, saying everything was done with full propriety and that there was no interest to declare.

The matter was referred to the IOPC because Johnson was head of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a role equivalent to a police commissioner, during his 2008-2016 term as mayor.

The Greater London Authority said it had alerted the IOPC because Innotech, Arcuri’s then company, had received £11,500 pounds ($14,073) from London and Partners, the mayor’s promotional agency, for two events in 2013 and 2014.

She was attended a trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 through Playbox, one of her companies, even though an initial application through Innotech had been declined.

Last October, the government’s Internal Audit Agency ruled a decision to award a £100,000 grant to a company run by Arcuri was appropriate.

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Arcuri gave a number of TV interviews after the allegations came to light, saying she and Johnson had enjoyed a ‘very special relationship’, having bonded over classical literature, but said he had never shown her any favouritism.

She repeatedly refused to say whether she had had an affair with Johnson but castigated him, saying he had cast her aside like ‘some gremlin’ after the reports surfaced.

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House Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill as Lawmakers Promise Additional Aid

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The Home of Representatives handed the $2 trillion stimulus bundle on Friday, whilst lawmakers stated one other rescue bundle can be wanted.

The invoice handed on a voice vote, and now heads to President Trump for his signature.

Most Individuals will obtain a one-time fee of $1200, plus $500 per baby. The invoice additionally supplies a whole bunch of billions of {dollars} in loans and mortgage ensures to enterprise, in addition to an enormous enlargement of unemployment insurance coverage. A record-shattering 3.Three million Individuals filed for unemployment final week, as non-essential companies have been pressured to close down throughout the nation to gradual the unfold of the illness.

Talking on the Home flooring, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that the invoice — which is the third handed to handle the disaster — won’t be the final.

“We all know that this can’t be our ultimate invoice,” she stated. “We should advance a fourth invoice to handle the continued wants.”

One other invoice will seemingly present extra funding for hospitals, in addition to an extended record of different gadgets.

“I feel there will likely be a fourth and a fifth, and possibly a sixth and a seventh,” Rep. Adam Schiff advised Selection. “There may be a lot work that continues to be however we bought an excellent and essential begin with this catastrophe reduction invoice.”

The Senate authorised the invoice on a vote of 96-Zero on Wednesday night time. Home members have been known as again to Washington to vote on Friday morning.

The invoice makes particular provision for freelancers who’ve misplaced work as a result of virus. Hollywood’s labor unions have lauded that provision particularly, as manufacturing has come to an entire halt during the last two weeks. The invoice additionally provides $600 to each unemployed employee’s verify for 4 months.

In California, the Employment Improvement Division has been deluged with a couple of million unemployment claims within the final two weeks. The division has had to herald new employees from elsewhere in state authorities and name again some retired staffers to assist course of claims across the clock.

Many theater chains, which have been ordered to close down in states throughout the nation, are wanting to faucet the mortgage ensures within the invoice. The invoice supplies $500 billion in loans and mortgage ensures to massive firms, together with $25 billion put aside for the airline business. It additionally supplies $349 billion for small companies, within the type of loans that may be forgiven if the businesses retain their staff.

The invoice additionally supplies $100 billion to hospitals, in addition to assist to state and native governments. Nonetheless, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated the invoice supplies solely a “drop within the bucket” in comparison with what his state will want. Cuomo stated Thursday that he expects the state will lose $10 billion to $15 billion in income as a result of disaster.

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