The U.S. Senate voted unanimously 96-0 in passing an emergency coronavirus relief bill which will head to the House of Representatives on Friday, as President Donald Trump applauded the Senators for their action, while the unemployment rate soared to 3.3 million on Thursday; plus more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Senate unanimously approved the coronavirus relief bill
The U.S. Senate unanimously voted in favor of a $2.2 trillion emergency measure to provide relief to workers and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
President Donald Trump praised senators tweeting: “96-0 in the United States Senate. Congratulations AMERICA!”
Coronavirus stimulus legislation heads to the House on Friday
On Friday, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill approved in the Senate.
Democrats’ liberal wish lists pared down, but some concessions made
On Sunday, Republicans and Democrats had worked out an agreement, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) returned from vacation and suddenly shut the deal down.
Led by Pelosi, Democrats then tried to inject their own so-called “liberal wish list” into the legislation by including numerous items completely unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
Monday through Wednesday the Senators negotiated, eventually removing Democrats’ unrelated additions such as Green New Deal items, early voting, ballot harvesting, emissions, and climate measures from the bill.
But ultimately, Republicans were forced to make concessions for the sake of the greater good in order to get Democrats to quit stalling and approve the measure to bring relief to Americans ASAP.
One of the more outrageous things that Democrats were able to keep in was $25 million to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, as well as $25 million to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to cover “salary and expenses.”
US unemployment claims soared to 3.3 million last week, highest in history
The United States is in a virtual shut down as Americans are ordered to hunker down and isolate in place, and millions of Americans are unable to go to their jobs and work.
As a result, initial jobless claims soared to 3.28 million in the week ending March 21, after seasonal adjustment, according to the US Department of Labor.
The number of claims marks the highest in US history since the Department of Labor began tracking data in 1967.
The highest number of initial jobless claims previous to this was set on the week ending October 2, 1982, when 695,000 Americans filed for unemployment.