The Senate has recessed after GOP senators and the Trump administration offered a 4-month extension of $600 weekly unemployment benefit as a standalone bill until final negotiations could be reached–Democrats refused; plus, more of today’s top stories and conservative politics.
GOP offers unemployment extension deal but Democrats refuse
The Senate has recessed for their summer break, knowing that Democrats weren’t willing to compromise and try to reach a temporary solution for enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of Americans left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.
As both sides were unable to negotiate a deal, the Trump administration led by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and the Republican Senate had offered Democrats a stopgap measure until final negotiations could be reached: Extend the $600 per week enhanced unemployment benefits for four months as a standalone bill.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused the offer late Thursday night, Politico reported.
Meadows on Democrats: “Party that won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer”
Tonight, once again, the White House offered a temporary extension of needed unemployment assistance—which expires tomorrow,” said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
“And again, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said no. What we’re seeing is clear. This is a politically motivated party that won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer.”
Trump administration launches first Indian Affairs task force, will help solve cases of missing and murdered Native American women
Senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump joined by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to announce the formation of America’s first Indian affairs task force office, established by the Trump administration. The announcement was made on Monday in Bloomington, Minnesota, NBC reported.
Six other locations will open next month in Rapid City, South Dakota; Billings, Montana; Nashville, Tennessee; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Phoenix; and Anchorage, Alaska.
The task force pledged to help solve cases of missing and murdered Native American women.
However, by sending Ivanka as a representative, Democratic lawmakers accused the Trump administration of launching a cheap political stunt and using American Indians as “a political pawn.”
The Trump administration said it is committed to resolving the root causes of violence against indigenous women by providing adequate federal resources.
Trump not alone on election concerns: Hong Kong postpones elections for a year as COVID-19 spikes
President Donald Trump was speaking rationally when he suggested postponing elections in the United States over the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not alone in thinking it is the right move.
Hong Kong, which is experiencing a significant spike in COVID-19 infections, voted to postpone elections for one year citing public safety concerns, BBC reported.
“This postponement is entirely made based on public safety reasons,” said Chief Executive Carrie Lam, adding “there were no political considerations” and saying it was the “most difficult decision I’ve made over the past seven months.”
Lam announced she would invoke emergency powers to postpone the elections.