Jennifer Wexton

Jennifer Wexton at the Loudoun Chamber Valor Awards in April 2019.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is headed to the president's to be signed after passing both congressional chambers.

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the $2.2 trillion legislative stimulus package to provide direct relief to workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan legislation directs funds to public health care systems, provides money to families and small businesses and will boost the nationwide pandemic response, according to congressional officials.

Key provisions of the CARES Act include reworked unemployment insurance, direct cash assistance for workers, billions in lending and grant programs designed to help small businesses and municipalities weather the crisis and accountability measures meant to prohibit federal funding from being spent on stock buybacks or bonuses for corporate executives, according to congressional officials.

Specifics of the deal, according to the Associated Press, include:

-Sending a one-time payment directly to most American adults and U.S. residents with Social Security numbers. That amounts to $1,200 for single adults earning up to $75,000 a year and $2,400 for married couples earning up to $150,000, plus $500 per child. Someone filing as head of household would get the full payment if they earn $112,500 or less. The payment is reduced by $5 for each $100 that a taxpayer’s income exceeds those thresholds, and is completely phased-out for single filers with incomes exceeding $99,000, $146,500 for head of household filers with one child, and $198,000 for joint filers with no children.

-Working to replace the earnings of unemployed workers for four months, providing them with their state’s unemployment benefits plus an extra $600 a week. For the first time, gig economy workers such as Uber drivers can claim unemployment benefits.

-$50 billion in tax credits for businesses that keep employees on payroll and will cover 50% of those workers’ paychecks. Companies can also defer payment of the 6.2% Social Security tax, giving them an incentive to put off layoffs at a time when ordinary business has come to a halt.

-$454 billion in seed money that will allow the Federal Reserve to make roughly $4.5 trillion in loans to larger industries.

Included in the package is local Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s (D) Retirement Protection Act aimed at safeguarding Americans’ retirement savings from the financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The economic fallout of this pandemic has taken a devastating toll on the retirement savings of millions across America,” Wexton said in a prepared statement. “The provisions that I fought for will suspend the required minimum distribution, allowing retirees to leave their money in tax-deferred accounts without facing a penalty and give time for the markets to recover."

The CARES Act includes a provision to suspend for the current year the required minimum distribution (RMD) for defined contribution retirement plans, including 401(k)s, TSPs, and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), according to Wexton’s office. Suspending the RMD means that individuals 72 years and older with these plans will no longer be forced to withdraw a percentage of their tax-deferred retirement plan or face a penalty of 50% of the amount that should have been distributed.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tweeted after the Senate vote, “I'm proud that Democrats pushed to get today's relief bill to a strong place—it's a big step in addressing this crisis—but we also know it won't cover everything. We're ready to keep working to tackle additional problems and provide more support for American workers and families."

Speaking broadly about the stimulus legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said, "It will inject trillions of dollars of cash into the economy as fast as possible to help American workers, families, small businesses and industries make it through this disruption and emerge on the other side ready to soar."

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hardworkingamerican

Again AG what are your PHDs in? Your information is always right no matter what other people say. Please refrain from posting your message of attacks and hate. Please stop attacking the President of the United States. Please stop attacking Americans who pay a hell of a lot more taxes and contribute far more to this great nation than you do. You are not God that is for certain. LTM let's you run all over the place with your opinion hiding as facts. You are the ultimate in fake news. Barack Obama, in case you didn't know. And by the way this is a fact. Received the most Pinocchio's than any other President in history. Let me give you the quote, "if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it, if you like your doctor you can keep them, $2,500 savings for all families in healthcare costs". Ok, got it? And of course the other great one which you support because your mantra is, "orange man bad, Louis Farrakhan supporter, that would be Obama good is..."you didn't build that". Please post how much you paid in federal and Virginia state taxes since as you said in another post because it's so easy to do, so we can see your contribution to Virginia.

amerigirl

Again, my private life is NONE of your business. NOT where I got my education, NOT what I paid in federal and Virginia state taxes. What do you want next my SSN? What are you talking about I “said in another post because it's so easy to do,“ WELLLLLL, that never happened. Why don’t you ask you beloved leader for his tax returns and see if he paid his fair share?

I check what others say and get proof about what I post. You have no room to talk about posts being hateful. I don't attack, I verify and post, how you take that is your problem. How do you know how much I have paid in taxes? If you are talking about trump who has been known to over-inflate and under-inflate as need for tax evasion, I'll bet half the people posting here have paid more than him. There is a reason he won't release his tax returns. Remember when he was asked if he paid taxes and his response was that if he didn't pay them it made him a good businessman? LMT. oh geeze, like they care. Again, you are so wrong on the Pinocchio theory. Trump had so many that thay had to create a whole new category called the “Bottomless Pinocchio.” No other politician has yet been given the dubious honor. The Washington Post fact-checker found that President Trump has made more false or misleading claims in 2019 than in all of 2017 and 2018 combined. He is up near 16,500 now, who knows he may have passed that by today after yesterdays briefing. Farrakhan supporter? Is that the best you have. I have never thought about him one way or another and I’m not interested in him.

js

This is not off topic as Trump is always being bashed for everything under the sun as the worst president ever in this column but apparently he is not as bad as many think as a new poll commissioned by Time Inc by Quinnipiac and I quote "More Americans consider Barack Obama to be the worst President since World War II than they do any other president", according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday found that 33% of Americans see Obama as the worst post-war president, while just 8% consider him the best.

And 45% of Americans think the U.S. would be better off if Mitt Romney had been elected President in 2012, according to the poll

BTW at one point in History Harry S Truman was considered the worst US president but as years went by and people started to realized what he did he slowly rose to the 5th best some 8yrs ago and now may even be a slot or 2 higher

amerigirl

You should try fact checking your data. In late June 2018, multiple conservative web sites started to circulate a graphic purportedly showing a “new” poll in which former U.S. president Barack Obama had been ranked “the worst president since World War II.”

Although this claim originated with obscure blogs such as Right-Mind.us, it reached a much wider audience when it was pushed out on social media by right-wing pundits such as Chuck Woolery and Dinesh D’Souza:The referenced poll was real, but it was not “new” or “recent”: the poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University and released on 2 July 2014, information which was rarely (if ever) noted in mid-2018 postings about it. Also unnoted was the fact that the same independent polling site conducted a poll on the same question in March 2018 (which as of June 2018 would actually be considered “new” and “recent”) and found that Donald Trump had eclipsed Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II.This was not just a misunderstanding, but a blatantly false statement: the referenced poll was several years old and was conducted while Barack Obama was still in office, so its results in no way reflected a more distanced, retrospective view of the former president.

When Quinnipiac University polled American voters on the same question in March 2018, two months before blogs and pundits regurgitated the 2014 poll as “recent,” they found that voters believed Donald Trump had far surpassed Barack Obama as worst president since World War II:

Donald Trump is the worst of the 13 presidents who have served since the end of World War II, 41 percent of American voters say, followed by 21 percent who list Barack Obama and 10 percent who cite Richard Nixon, in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.

Looking at the best president since 1945, 28 percent say Ronald Reagan. Another 24 percent list Barack Obama, with 10 percent each for Bill Clinton and John Kennedy.

President Trump is fifth on the list, with 7 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll finds.

In 2014, only 8% of voters named Barack Obama as the best president since World War II, but that number rose to 24% (second only to Ronald Reagan’s 28%) in the 2018 poll. The more recent Quinnipiac University survey found that only 7% of respondents named Donald Trump “best president” in 2018.

amerigirl

Poll numbers always go up for a president dealing with a crisis. But for some reason his are dropping already. His approval went up to 45.4%, with a disapproval of 49.7%. But as of today it is 44.3% approval and 51.4% disapproval. WRONG: In late June 2018, multiple conservative web sites started to circulate a graphic purportedly showing a “new” poll in which former U.S. president Barack Obama had been ranked “the worst president since World War II.”

Although this claim originated with obscure blogs such as Right-Mind.us, it reached a much wider audience when it was pushed out on social media by right-wing pundits such as Chuck Woolery and Dinesh D’Souza: the poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University and released on 2 July 2014,Quinnipiac is more right-wing than fox, they do not call the general population for their surveys. You have used this before, don't you think it is time to fact check it?

hardworkingamerican

What a bunch of you know whats here. A new newspaper is on it's way. AG runs the show here only her opinion matters. Ignorance is used as a "source". Thank God that Trump approves something that will help the nation in spite of the garbage that Pelosi/Schumer/Wexton and others threw in there. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Glad Trump doesn't play politics with supposedly such a "serious" issue. As far as the medical quotes and knowledge. Please present what your PHDs are in. Thank you

amerigirl

Letsbereal. So, if you need a ventilator to live you would worry about the cost? Many people have recovered from ventilators. I looked a study and kids always recovered after being vented, not 1 died. People have been on them for up to 30 days and recovered. Where did you get your info? President Donald Trump told reporters during a daily White House coronavirus briefing that Vice President Mike Pence is calling Democratic governors such as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, despite President Trump saying he should not talk to them if they don't "treat you right.". He admitted this during the Whitehouse briefing He said they weren’t appreciative and he wants them to be appreciative. It’s his job whether he is appreciated or not. The unemployment office has been dedicated as essential. They would have had the money for extra staffing. Just like grocery stores, they don’t have less personal because they are essential. Maybe you need to widen your ‘worldview’ so you understand what is essential at this time. Get it? PBS is a main source of news for people in outlying areas. The internet doesn’t go everywhere. Now you worry about the next generation being saddled with unbelievable debt? Trump said he would get rid of the debt in 8 years but was projected to add $8.3 trillion during that time. Obama fought the Great Recession with an $831 billion economic stimulus package, not $2.2 trillion. Obama increased defense spending to $855 billion, and the ACA It was designed to reduce the debt by $143 billion over 10 years. But these savings didn't show up until the later years. But trump wants a wall.

So it looks like you are the most ill-informed person here.

LetsBreal

First source: Tucker Carlson asked Kassapidis about ventilators and their importance in the battle against the coronavirus. "The difficulty with the virus is we have multiple ways of oxygenating people. Regular oxygen, 100 percent face masks by BIPAP or C-PAP, high-flow oxygen and the last resort is a ventilator," Kassapidis said. "What we've noticed is that the majority of the patients will get a little bit better and then they'll decompensate. And when they decompensate, they decompensate rapidly. And it's at that point that they go on the ventilators. A lot of the patients, even though they're on the ventilators, will decompensate further." Kassapidis said that a "majority" of those who get moved to ventilators and continue to decompensate "don't survive." We've had a couple of successes where we've been able to exorbate patients and they've improved, but for the majority of the part we're losing a lot of our patients," Kassapidis said. - Dr. Steve Kassipidis on Tucker Carlson interview.

Second source: The Lancet, Fei Zhou - Clinical course and mortality risk of severe COVID-19 - "In-hospital mortality was high (28%), much higher than in other reports that had incomplete follow-up data, and was very high among the 32 patients requiring invasive mechanical ventilation, of whom 31 (97%) died. This might reflect a higher proportion of patients admitted with severe disease in the early stages of the outbreak. In another report from Wuhan, mortality was 62% among critically ill patients with COVID-19 and 81% among those requiring mechanical ventilation."

amerigirl

Ist mistake, watching Fox news. Positive airway pressure machines (100% oxygen or C-PAPs) can help people with less severe breathing issues, that may have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 in a Washington state nursing home. Ventilators push air in and OUTof the lungs through tubes inserted down patients' airways when they have trouble breathing on their own, and allow health care providers to fine-tune the volume of air supplied, the rate of breathing, the amount of oxygen and the pressure as needed. CPAPs, provide a continuous flow of air at a constant pressure. Ventilators require a breathing tube and operate as closed systems with a filter that traps any pathogens. Face masks generally used on CPAPs or BiPAPs allow air to escape, pumping the virus into the surroundings and potentially infecting other patients, caregivers or anyone nearby. BiPAPs could be used for COVID-19 in a closed system without a mask, if patients are first fitted with a breathing tube.

2nd mistake, thinking that less sever patients were even in a hospital to begin with. Of course the mortality rate is going to be higher for the sicker patients.

amerigirl

This comment was meant for js

LetsBreal

"I looked a study and kids always recovered after being vented" - then cite this study. Is it Corona Virus related?

amerigirl

American Academy of Pediatrics

125 children, or 6% who developed more serious symptoms.

Since updated that a 14 year old died. This is the largest study to date, so it gives us a good impression of the spread of the coronavirus in children.

pual mase

Amerigirl

More selective facts, faux medical analysis and media advice to advance aren’t working. Everyone can recognize a self-appointed know-i t-all with a liberal political agenda.

amerigirl

Explain how a study by American Academy of Pediatrics is selective. The person who is the self-appointed denier should not be making any remarks about someone backing up their facts. It was a study, real black and white figures that you can look up by a well established organization so how does that make me a know it all? Are you some kind of a denier? Do you think things like Sandy Hook are made up?

js

Don't expect these ranters to understand. You will find that a lot of people who comment here just like to complain and feel that they are being robbed. They never look to see what is really happening they just rant.. Amerigirl this is you that rants and this is your own comment you made today and everyone seems to be misinformed or wrong according to you. Lets take the above comments first there has never been any defense spending budget over $800 billion even the 2024 budget projected by the DOD at DOD.gov is at only $747 billion. in 2010 Obamas DOD budget was $691 and went down to $580 billion from DOD.gov, Wikipedia and Statista though Statista is more generous it never cracks the $800 billion barrier. So here are the real facts

The ACA was never going to reduce debt over 10 years if you looked at the numbers.The first 4 years of the ACA collecting money without benefits was to get some money for payout for the next 6 years and this includes some savings from Medicare of $716 billion from a cut that was made and BTW since Medicare is what you pay into it may have been some of your money. Yes the savings co0uld ave been $143 billion but the second 10 yrs showed a defecit of $1.4 trillion. Why because all this money only paid for 6 years of benefits that includes the $716 billion in savings from Medicare. But the second 10 yrs would pay out a full 10 years of benefits and would not have the $716 billion from Medicare savings a swell. So this $143 number is accurate but then the roof falls in the next 10 years after. So without the whole story that is bogus savings to say the least.. Ok Trump said he would get rid of debt in 8 yrs hopefully he still has 4 years left. Obama said he could fix the economy in his first 6 months and then realized he was wrong. He also promised to balance the budget but left some wheres abaout $8 trillion more. The $831 economic package of Obamas ARRA stimulus was and has some mixed reviews though a good thing was unemployment decreased. to get the economy going. But to compare it to the $2.2 trillion package is disingenuous as best and utterly ridiculous at the worst because both scenarios are so different to speak with them in the same breath is apples to a tractor. This coronavirus is doing way more harm, affecting way more businesses an leaving millions of people without incomes. This is breaking the basic fabric of our Democracy

amerigirl

Purely an observation. Let’s take the defense spending. Defense spending rose to a record $855 billion in 2012. That includes the defense department budget OCO, and increases for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The ACA: according to the CBO the ACA reduced the budget deficit by $143 billion between 2010 and 2019. which is why I said “ACA It was designed to reduce the debt by $143 billion over 10 years. But these savings didn't show up until the later years.” It has had to revise it since trump changed the mandate laws, now CBO analyzes the effects of the act under current law and the effects of proposals to change the law. There is no way trump can reduce the debt, the deficit has since risen by more than 16 percent under his presidency. The national debt increased by $3,266,795,731,264.14, bringing it to over $23 trillion. But as of January, President Trump signed $4.7 trillion more into the debt until 2029, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). Also, in January he brushed off critics about concerns of his spending and growing national debt. "Who the hell cares about the budget? We're going to have a country," I have never heard about your 6-month statement, can’t find it online either. He did a hellofa job getting us out of the recession. Yes the corona virus is a much die situation, but I said that he wanted a wall. How many ventilators could we have purchased with the money he has thrown at the wall that has been climbed, dug under and cut threw?

js

If you note I said DOD spending not several other things thrown in and even yourself said defense spending and the DOD.gov gives the number I gave not 855 billion and if you even include those other items you mentioned the number from different sources have it as much as 50 billion less but the DOD number I gave you is defense spending. I agreed with the 143 billion savings with the ACA but the projection for the following 10 years when Obama was in office was $1.4 trillion and I spelt why which is obvious. You cannot collect money for 10 years and give only 6 years of benefits without a surplus but the following ten years Trump or not was automatically in the hole for $716 billion in savings from Medicare that was not available for the second 10 yrs not only that only 6 yrs of benefits were given in the first 10 yrs though monies was collected for the full 10. Now in the second 10 yrs there was a full 10 years of benefits given so even the way Obama did it it was impossible to show any surplus in the second 10 yrs, In Obamas admin this 1.4 trillion defecit was present in the second 10 yrs regardless of Trump.Estimates ranged from saving $143 billion its first decade to adding $1.76 trillion to it.This is right from the CBO. I saw 1.4 trillion in Balance.com info but they were wrong as in 2012 the CBO said 1.76 trillion. But using the math I gave above there was not way ACA was going to save money the second 10 yrs as $716 billion from Medicare savings was not there and now we give a full 10 yrs of benefits. My numbers are from 2012 not Trump. The national debt is mirroring what Obama raised by almost 1trillion a yr so there is no issue there as both have raised it over 1 trillion a yr. I also mentione Trump still may have 4 more years to make good on his promise but reality tells me it is never going to happen as you already surmise. I watched him say it right on TV when he talked about how much a bigger problem he realized it was going to be. He thought it would be a piece of cake well it wasn't. How many ventilators could have been purchased if Obama did not give Iran in a money laundering scheme some billion and a half+ dollars to be used on terrorism as is very obvious. And from the Hill a center of the road news publication as judged by Allsides a non partisan group that rates news outlets as right or left.“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013 and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in laundered cash-a crime under our laws. Look we can go all day tit for that Obama is long gone and BTW a new poll from Time magazine a very liberal publication .a new poll More Americans consider Barack Obama to be the worst President since World War II than they do any other president, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday found that 33% of Americans see Obama as the worst post-war president, while just 8% consider him the best. BTW Quinnipiac is perceived as middle of the road . . .

ace10

The Kennedy Center has two billionaires (Rubenstein & Mars) on its Board. Surely they could have found enough money in their couch cushions to fund whatever is needed.

LetSanityPrevail

interesting idea. I do sympathize with the musicians and actors as well as the staff who keep the Kennedy Center operational and who are not working but don't they also qualify for the extended unemployment and full payment of salary?

LetsBreal

Mr. and Mrs. America lost their jobs, but they feel better knowing $25,000,000 of COVID-19 relief aid went to the Kennedy Center, $350,000,000 went to refugee resettlement, $75,000,000 went to PBS, and $25,000,000 went to Congressional Salaries and expenses. Thanks Democrats! It couldn't have happened without you.

amerigirl

Don't forget Trump, he supports it.

Reagan warrior

Amerigirl the Dems put in plans for Planned Parenthood, Green New Deal, funding for illegal immigrants,etc. What do these things have to do with a stimulus package designed for the people and businesses?

You have got it all wrong!

N

amerigirl

Planned Parenthood is not mostly abortions, they are low cost care for many women and are vital to many that are undergoing treatments. It was not Green New Deal, it was adding protections for the people by increasing restrictions. It did not fund illegal immigrants, it said that they would be treated if sick, we can't have people spreading the virus because they aren't legal. That is what they have to do with the package. What did giving money to large corps without oversight have to do with it? That is where the repubs wanted most of the money when the dems wanted it for working people and small businesses.

pual mase

Planned Parenthood is the nations largest abortion provider by far. Don’t even try to pretend the money was not going to fund abortions. AG is right that it was not the green new deal but it was part of it. Does your so called “ adding protections for the people” is nonsense. Pelosi tried to add requirements that airlines be carbon neutral which besides being impossible would have raised airfares dramatically. And for the record, the crisis relief bill never gave money to corps without oversight......another false dem talking point.... how tiresome correcting AG mistruths.

More Cowbell

I'm pro choice, even though Independent voter, but this bill should not have had any money going to planned Parenthood or any other pork, Kennedy Center and others. Heard on radio this morning, that the word suntan lotion was in bill 45 times because Mitch M put in money(grants, interest free loans) for Loreal to do research(in home state of Kentucky).

amerigirl

Pual, Federal money can NOT be used to fund abortions except in cases of rape or incest, as well as when a pregnant woman's life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury. So why does that matter? You don’t think safe water (think flint) and air are protections for the people? Getting the old planes out and replacing them or parts is not a great burden like you seem to think it is. Some are doing this on their own. Delta will spend $1 billion over the next 10 years to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and invest in ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. JetBlue will buy carbon offsets for all domestic flights starting in July. And for the record, the crisis relief bill DID give money to corps without oversight and that was changed. Do you not remember trump saying “I’ll be the oversight”? He brought it up again yesterday. That man has an interest because he has businesses that would be covered. That make it another false republican talking point, Yes I am exhausted correcting your mistakes too.

AFF

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of HIV tests in many Red States, as they're the ones with the weakest health care infrastructure . Me thinks Planned Parenthood will probably be at the forefront of COVID testing, but don't let facts trouble you there Boomer.

KK153

largest provider of HIV tests? What's the larger number...the number of murdered children since Roe V Wade, or the number of HIV tests administered/

amerigirl

KK, you don't know about the services the PP had, it's obvious from your post. Your comments on anything else are [offtopic]

Sunday Sinner

Well at least the Internet Trolls seem to continue to be in good health.

jke

f you lose your job and can’t pay your bills, take comfort in knowing that at least the Kennedy Center is well-funded, congress keeps their paycheck, & PBS will remain on the air. Thank A Democrat Congresswoman

amerigirl

If you can’t get a ventilator when your life depends on it you can thank trump because he is rethinking the deal with GM over the cost. (who new they were so expensive) so they won’t be available as soon as they thought. This comes from the man who has spent over $133 million taxpayers dollars golfing. And it you or a family member live in Michigan, a top hot spot, good luck, because trump told Pence not to talk to their Governor.

If you can’t get through to unemployment because there are not enough workers to handle the influx, you can thank the senate for taking the extra funding to those government workers out of the bill.

You will have The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts which will get $25 million as part of the $2.2 trillion bill to provide relief to millions of Americans, businesses, health care systems and others impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Which was supported by trump. As part of the language of the bill, the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees must provide the House and Senate Appropriations committees a detailed report of the usage and distribution of the money.

And I bet you moms and dads that have kids you need to stay home with are grateful for PBS. These public stations got increase in funding to $465 million will enable local public television stations to educate more children, protect more lives and property, and equip more well-informed citizens with the tools they need to guide the world’s most important democracy.

Jeanne T

Per the Washington Post and other news outlets, the National Symphony Orchestra players will stop receiving paychecks on April 3. An email went out to members on Friday evening. Needless to say, the musicians are stunned and say they were blindsided. So the Kennedy Center is\ getting the bailout and are dumping the people anyway.

pual mase

Can’t believe you took the opportunity in this crisis to criticize the hardest working president I remember for playing golf. Bet their wa no criticism of Obama for his golfing and Hawaii trips.

Your posts ought say “ The Democrat National Committee supports this message”.

Same partisan propaganda.

amerigirl

pual, hardest working my butt, as of the 2 year 91st day mark of each respective presidency? Spoiler alert: Trump has spent 170 days at the golf course vs Obama’s 65. His trips on his vacations really matter? Trump has spent about 1/3 of his presidency golfing, hard work for the hard working, ridiculous! Where Obama spent his vacation time if he chose to spend it with family really doesn't matter. That is crazy to say that a president shouldn't go home for vacation. Sure you can say that I am a dem and guess what, I'm proud of it. At least I'm not blindly following a lying president and believing all the conspiracy theorist.

pual mase

PBS is not an essential business. Let’s give the millions to those in need in this crisis and let the kids watch reruns

LetsBreal

If you get to the point where you need a ventilator, you have an 85% of succumbing from that point forward. They're expensive because there are no free resources to manufacture them out of thin air. Money doesn't solve that. Got it? Pence was not told to not talk to any governor. That's a lie. There aren't enough workers at unemployment because they're trying to distance the workforce and keep a large percentage out of the office to minimize contact between parties. Not every problem is solved by free government money, contrary to your world view. Got it? PBS is not worthy of further tax payer funding. Let it stand on its own or fail. The next generation is being saddled with unbelievable debt by your unending greed for more government intervention which you'll never have to pay for. Don't lecture anyone on being well-informed. You are the most ill-informed person here.

amerigirl

Jeanne, as I said in the post, that is not why the Kennedy center is getting the money, The initial proposal had set aside $35 million for the Kennedy Center, but the amount was later negotiated down to $25 million, a move approved by President Donald Trump. The Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees must provide the House and Senate Appropriations committees a detailed report of the usage and distribution of the money.“The Kennedy Center has suffered greatly, because nobody can go there, it’s essentially closed. And they do need some funding,” said Trump.

jke

please do not reply to any of my comments, ag

amerigirl

sorry, if you are going to post publicly especially unfounded remakes then people will respond if they want to.

pual mase

Thanks AG

AFF

Now would be the perfect time to cut off funding for Sesame Street. I mean, nobody is at home with their kids, right?

I'd like to thank the politican who attached those riders to the "must pass" COVID bill. It was important to the nation and If they hadn't it wouldn't have gotten done. Smart

(Bonus- it drives the wingnuts batty)

ace10

You think they're currently filming new episodes of studio-based television programming? Really? Really??

Fiscalconservative

If Wexton was a true leader she would have removed the pork from this bill!!!

amerigirl

What pork? What may look like pork to you could be beneficial. Like the tweet from

Rep. Matt Gaetz

@RepMattGaetz

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Mar 25

$13,000,000 in taxpayer funds could be going to families across the nation struggling to put food on the table in the midst of COVID-19.

Instead, it's going to Howard University.

Education is important- but a $13 million check to Howard does not belong in COVID-19 relief.

Not realizing that Howard University has a hospital that has been designated one of DC's covid-19 treatment facilities. It is located 2.1 miles from Rep. Gaetz's workplace and would cover him if something happened.

Oldbroad

Tim Kaine and his Dems! Can we possibly out the parties aside for ONE MOMENT IN TIME! This is about everyone! The House and the Senate finally got their s$%& together and did something for US! Now I hope Prez Bozo remembers how to sign his name! I don't think writing "I'm the Best" will make it legal!

marv

Some people are so jealous and envious of the POTUS and his accomplishments they never pass up an opportunity to display their own inadequacy.

amerigirl

He doesn't give anyone anything to be jealous of. All he is doing is costing lives that could have been saved. What great accomplishment has he done? He is barely doing his job.

marv

amerigirl, your diatribe of 3-28-2020@7:10 PM is proof of my statement. Nothing creates jealous prevarication more than validity.

monkeysee

You're speaking out of both sides of your mouth, Oldbroad. First, you say to, "...(out) the parties aside for one moment" and then insult the president in a following sentence. Hypocritical much? One more thing - Wexton's bill suspends Required Minimum Distributions for 2020, which affects only those over age 72. Not really much to cheer about there because it only helps a very, very small select portion of her constituents...

pual mase

Pretty hypocritical to say “put aside parties” then call the president “bozo” in the next sentence.

Fact: the Dems deserve little to no credit for the crisis relief law.

amerigirl

You keep telling yourself that as you are enjoying the check that the Dem's made sure would be high enough to support people, better coverage for small businesses, etc. Look it up

Duncan Idaho

We're all Socialists now.

pual mase

Great news for the country.

But why a photo of Wexton whose party was responsible for delaying the bill and loading it with pork for Dem special interests?

amerigirl

So wrong, they were taking out all the good stuff for the public and replacing it with breaks for big corps. They took out the money to boost the govt. try getting through to unemployment now. Does this tweet sound familiar?

Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous.........& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!

countyresident

Nothing wrong with big corps getting assistance, it is indirectly assisting the public at a later time. They will be able to weather this time and provide a resumption of jobs and goods and services when life creeps back to normal. Sorry if the tiny small businesses can't hang on but they aren't the ones that can keep our economy going. Anyway, there will be other small businesses that sprout up in the future as the cycle continues. It's called capitalism and it is great.

marv

Anyone who has perused the "Bill" and does not realize it is laden with "Pork" is only fooling themselves, or is a ( I had best not say )

amerigirl

County, have you ever seen trickle down work before? It’s been tried enough times but the top keeps the money. A huge part of the economy depends on small businesses. Over 99% of U.S. employers are small business owners, Small businesses in the U.S. employed 57 million people in 2018. About 543,000 new businesses are started each month. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: they create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive US innovation and competitiveness. A report ( Dec 19, 2018) shows that they account for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity. In fact, it is small business firms with fewer than 500 employees that drives the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over half of the nation's private workforce.

countyresident

AG small businesses need big businesses whether you like it or not. The economy would drop dead if we couldn't get our basic needs met - food, textiles, internet, plane rides. please

amerigirl

county, what you don't take into account is that a big business has collateral to use for loans. Most can declare bankruptcy and still operate, that is not true of small businesses.

countyresident

"county, what you don't take into account is that a big business has collateral to use for loans. Most can declare bankruptcy and still operate, that is not true of small businesses."

The expert has spoken and so it must be true.

amerigirl

County, I don't claim to be an expert, but if you think of me that way, thank you. The thing is I watch the news and I read a lot. I may not be an expert but I try to stay informed. It beats just making bizarre remarks about things that make no sense. It is good to be informed and up to date on things. Then you can speak your mind without trying to bash other people to make a point.

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