Wednesday, April 6, 2022

GOP Blocks Advancing COVID-19 Deal Amid Trump-Era Immigration Fight; Democrats to Spend $10 Billion on ‘Emergency’ Pandemic Funds While Admitting Immigrants Who Pose Health Risks, and other C-Virus related stories

Greg Nash
GOP blocks advancing COVID-19 deal amid Trump-era immigration fight:
Republicans on Tuesday blocked the Senate from advancing a $10 billion deal on coronavirus aid amid a stalemated fight over whether to attach a Trump-era immigration policy to the agreement.
Absent a breakthrough, the stalemate would delay the coronavirus bill until after a two-week break that is expected to start by Friday. To pass the deal before that, they would need buy-in from all 100 senators.
Senators voted 47-52 to advance legislation that’s being used as a vehicle for the coronavirus agreement, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.
Tuesday’s vote came after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) delayed forcing the same step late last week to attempt to show Republicans that he wasn’t trying to jam them as they worked out a bipartisan deal on the long-sought coronavirus aid.
But Republicans are warning that they won’t help move the coronavirus relief deal until they get an agreement with Schumer about getting votes on amendments.
Republicans want a vote on blocking the Biden administration from rescinding Title 42 — a Trump-era public health policy that allows for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border due to the risk of the coronavirus — as part of a deal to speed up the coronavirus agreement. Title 42 also blocks migrants from seeking asylum. --->READ MORE HERE
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Democrats to Spend $10 Billion on ‘Emergency’ Pandemic Funds While Admitting Immigrants Who Pose Health Risks:
The Democrats on Monday agreed to spend $10 billion in “emergency” pandemic funding while ending Title 42—which prohibits the entry of immigrants who pose health risks.
The $10 billion package would fund the purchase of more coronavirus tests, vaccines, and supplies to further fight the Chinese coronavirus, the Washington Post reported. The costly package was agreed to by establishment Republicans, including Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Richard Burr (R-NC).
The package comes nearly two years after the pandemic began and about one year since President Joe Biden’s coronavirus stimulus money was passed into law. Biden’s package fueled his 40-year-high inflation, according to many experts.
The agreement among lawmakers on the $10 billion package coincides with the Biden administration’s decision to drop Title 42 in May. The law allows authorities to turn away migrants to slow the spread of coronavirus. --->READ MORE HERE
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