Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked two separate attempts from Democratic senators to set up a stand-alone vote on a bill recently passed in the House that would increase direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000, rebuffing President Trump request with more Senate Republicans voicing support behind providing most Americans the larger checks.
The House on Monday passed legislation tripling the size of the direct payments offered under the $900 billion COVID relief bill from $600 to $2,000 after President Trump voiced his desire for the increase, sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate with its fate remaining uncertain.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci for manipulating public perception surrounding COVID-19, calling out the infectious doctor for repeatedly lying to Americans in particular about the effectiveness of wearing a face mask and “distorting” the estimated level of vaccinated American population needed to reach herd immunity.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) traded blows on Twitter with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over Paycheck Protection Program loans, hitting back on her “Republicanism” criticism and her pompous claim that Black-owned businesses were denied access to such loans amid the coronavirus pandemic, advising the progressive lawmaker that she should “work more” and “tweet less.”
Nike and Coca-Cola are among a number of American retail giants lobbying Congress effortlessly to weaken a proposed legislation aimed at banning importing goods manufactured from a region of China where products are being made through forced labor by minority Muslim groups, according to a report on Sunday.
President-elect Joe Biden tapped Jake Sullivan to serve as White House national security advisor, a former foreign policy advisor under the Obama administration who previously advocated for the United States to “strike a middle course” that supports China’s economic rise as means to improve the two powerful nations relationship and prevent confrontation.