Morning briefing: March 25
Today is March 25, and I am DML. The stories below are catching headlines today.
1-White House, Senate reach late-night deal on $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package
White House and Senate leaders reached a historic deal shortly after midnight Wednesday on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package for workers and businesses, although support in the House of Representatives remained uncertain as one member openly criticized the plan.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill amounts to “unemployment compensation on steroids,” and that every American who is laid off will have their missed salary remunerated. That provision will enable companies to stay afloat and immediately bring back those employees when things are safe, Schumer said.
Still, trouble may be on the horizon for the bill. Michigan independent Rep. Justin Amash, who recently left the Republican Party, signaled that he might essentially delay consideration of the bill in the House. The lower chamber may seek to pass the legislation via unanimous consent because many members are not in Washington — but a single member can ruin that plan.
DML: I don’t think this free money plan is the best idea right now, but I would vote for it because people need help. Anyone who rejects this right now is committing political suicide.
2-Trump ‘flexible’ with coronavirus timeline, Fauci says
Coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said on “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday that President Trump’s Easter timeline to reboot the economy was “aspirational,” adding that the president and his team were on the same page and that everyone understands a timeline for the coronavirus outbreak needs to be “flexible.”
“The president clearly listens. I mean, he has this aspirational goal of hoping that we might be able to do it by a certain date. We talked to him about that. We say we need to be flexible. He realizes that and he accepts that,” Fauci told host Laura Ingraham. “I mean, he doesn’t want to give up his aspirational goal, but he’s flexible enough to say, ‘OK, let’s look at it on a day by day basis,’ we say, and we will give him data to inform that decision.”
DML: Keep to plan Mr President.
3-State Department voices support for Chinese ambassador who says it’s ‘crazy’ to blame coronavirus on US military
The State Department backed up China’s Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai for calling the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s assertion that the U.S. Army was responsible for the virus’ outbreak in Wuhan a “crazy thing.”
“We welcome Ambassador Cui’s comments calling the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s statement a ‘crazy thing’ that blamed the U.S. Army for the #coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan,” tweeted State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus. “Saving lives is more important than saving face.”
In an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” in February, Cui said, “There are people who are saying that these virus are coming from some military lab, not of China, maybe in the United States. How — how can we believe all these crazy things?” He has stood by his comments ever since, most recently in an interview with Axios that aired Sunday on HBO.
DML: China is the Devil. But lets focus on our economy and saving lives. Screw the Chinese for right now, ignore them.
4- Prince Charles has COVID-19
Prince Charles, who is first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus after displaying mild symptoms, his office has announced.
“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” the Clarence House said to Fox News in a statement Wednesday morning.
The statement confirmed that the 71-year-old British royal’s wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, tested negative. They are currently at their home, Burnham on the Balmoral Estate, in Scotland “self-isolating,” the statement confirmed.
DML: Only proves that everyone is at risk, some more than others.
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