🚨🚨🚨White House proposes dramatically cutting federal unemployment benefits as agreed to by bipartisan Senate group, in potentially huge blow to relief talks

Mnuchin pitches $0 in federal UI benefit for jobless in exchange for one-time check of $600

Offer takes the bipartisan Senate group's $180 billion in proposed UI benefits down to $40 billion. It would extend some federal unemployment programs but crucial UI supplemental benefits would be at $0. Trump unilaterally approved $300/week this summer

This is an obvious nonstarter among Dems and a bad sign for negotiations overall.

In July, Trump said he supported extending UI benefits: "We're going to take care of the people." WH now proposing $0 in supplemental UI benefits for tens of millions

Democrats incensed by WH proposal. "How the hell are you supposed to survive the next four months on $100 per week?," one senior Dem aide says

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9 Dec
I pressed @stevenmnuchin1 today on the White House decision to offer a $600 check per person but no robust unemployment benefits in their proposal

Mnuchin said: "This will have the impact of creating demand, which will have the impact of creating jobs."

.@ENPancotti estimates the difference between the bipartisan Senate plan & the Mnuchin plan would be as large as $10,000 per person

20.2 million Americans unemployed

A senior Treasury official also said that Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) support stimulus checks' inclusion in the relief package. These Democrats support including both checks and robust federal UI
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2 Nov
After election, US faces “dark winter”:

— Enormous unemployment programs 4 millions to expire
— Protections 4 renters, student borrowers end
— ACA at Supreme Court
— Gov shutdown Dec 11
— 40% restaurants, 66% hotels face closure
— 1M travel jobs at risk

These deadlines likely coincide with a spike in Covid cases *and* while Washington may be paralyzed

Some former senior WH officials predicted Trump will lose interest in a post-election stimulus — tho he has said he will seek one after GOP wins House

Hunger already up dramatically. 30-40 million face eviction. 80K bus drivers furloughed. Retailers under siege. Huge layoffs in oil & gas. Public transit face major cuts.

*90%* of $2.7T in Covid aid has been disbursed or committed, per @MarcGoldwein

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12 Sep
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Extremely strange to come across this in between Eric Andre episodes
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5 Sep
Late Friday news w/ @jdawsey1: Trump moves to bar "un-American" sensitivity trainings at US agencies

Tells agencies to cancel sessions involving:

1/ "critical race theory"

2/ "white privilege"

3/ Propaganda that the US is "inherently racist or evil"

washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/… Image
White House memo: “The President has directed me to ensure that federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions"

Just spoke w/ M.E. Hart, who has done racial sensitivity trainings in DC for +20 years.

Hart points out the body of research showing enormous discrimination against black Americans in awarding of federal contracts

These trainings try to help the US correct that, Hart says
Read 4 tweets
4 Sep
President Trump says the administration has found $300 billion in unspent money approved by Congress that they want to use for stimulus -- seems like he's saying it requires Congress' approval to use?
Trump says he's trying to use this money unilaterally but was told no: "I would like to use it without their permission but I guess I am not allowed to do that. I did ask that question."
The president says Congress just has to give "a very quick statement" (?) which would allow the White House to unilaterally put the $300 billion into the economy
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12 Aug
Joe Biden's campaign declined to comment when I asked if he supports @KamalaHarris' plan w/ Sens. Bernie Sanders & Ed Markey to provide $2,000 every month to millions of Americans during the pandemic

Biden's campaign also did not respond to when I asked if they support Harris' bill to halt all evictions, foreclosures, rent increases and utility shutdowns during covid

Biden adviser @econjared, however, had positive things to say about the checks idea

Conservatives such as @Brian_Riedl are begging media not to call Harris a "moderate" given size of her spending plans

@briebriejoy says she does not have a "great deal of confidence" Harris will pull Biden left, citing Harris' complex student debt plan

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