McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

General public’s cooperation essential in eradicating Aedes aegypti mosquito

first_imgLocalNews General public’s cooperation essential in eradicating Aedes aegypti mosquito by: – September 15, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson. Photo credit: GISChief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson is calling for the public’s cooperation in the fogging exercises currently being held in Dominica to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito.Dominica was placed under a dengue fever alert on Tuesday of this week however, Dr. Johnson says other activities will also be undertaken to ensure the mosquito is no longer a threat.“There will be some among of fogging by the national pest but fogging doesn’t solve the entire problem in terms of the breeding of the mosquitoes. There are a number of things which will be taking place and we want to ensure the public’s cooperation to ensure that no one dies of the disease I Dominica.Meantime Johnson says persons suffering from other underlying conditions are more vulnerable to be severely affected by dengue fever.“Everyone is susceptible to the disease. The persons who might feel worst are those who have any other underlying conditions. Some of persons include those suffering from sickle cells and other serious medical conditions. Those are the ones that might come down with more severe forms of the disease. If your immune is compromised, then it will affect you,” he said.Meantime Dr. Johnson said health officials have identified dengue type four and type one which is currently being circulated.He said last year the country experienced type two and three.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Freshman guard Brycen Goodine enters transfer portal

first_img Published on March 13, 2020 at 8:06 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Goodine’s game-winning putback layup against Wake Forest was one of Syracuse’s highlights of the season, which ended abruptly. Individually, Goodine was trending upward as the season progressed because of strong on-ball defense, Goodine’s road to minutes next year looked similarly bleak. With Goodine, the Orange would’ve had six guards under scholarship next season.Kadary Richmond, a four-star recruit, further adds to the logjam at point guard which includes the injured Jalen Carey, Howard Washington and current starter Joseph Girard III. Comments Syracuse freshman guard Brycen Goodine has entered the transfer portal, according to Verbal Commits. Goodine played just 8.7 minutes per game and scored 1.9 points per outing in his first season with the Orange.“It is time for me to seek out a new beginning,” Goodine wrote in a Twitter post.Goodine started the season a game-to-game contributor. He played in SU’s first nine contests of the year, but due to ball security issues, inefficient scoring and an inability to hit any of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc, he fell out of the rotation. He appeared in just three of Syracuse’s next 10 games, playing just 10 minutes total over that stretch.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

“An Post must fill Dunlewey Post Office without delay” – Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher

first_imgPOLITICS: TD Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher having held discussions with An Post concerning the imminent vacancy due to retirement  at the Dunlewey Post Office, has publically called on An Post to proceed immediately to seek public expressions of interest for operating the new Post Office at Dunlewey. He paid tribute to the retiring Post Mistress Margaret Gallagher who provided an excellent service at the Dunlewey Post Office since her appointment and wished her well.Deputy Gallagher told Donegal Daily, “An Post’s intension to enter into a round of public consultation regarding the need or necessity for a Post Office in the Dunlewey area, rather than to directly appoint a new Post Office operator – defies complete logic, demonstrates an extremely poor understanding of the Dunlewey area by An Post and simply is a time wasting exercise on their part. “The distances which Dunlewey Post Office is from the next nearest Post Office ranging from 11Km to 14 Km on average, the population of the area and the distinct geographical area with its own unique community in Dunlewey is evidence enough that a Post Office is needed and required in Dunlewey.“Therefore any delay or interruption to services is unwarranted and must be avoided, and I am calling on An Post to guarantee that there will be no temporary removal or suspension of any An Post services for the people or community of Dunlewey.“We cannot allow a situation to develop in Dunlewey similar to what occurred elsewhere in Donegal whereby, there were three months of delay in transferring the Post Office from one operator to another.“I am to discuss this matter again with An Post officials in an attempt to get them to streamline the hand over process in Dunlewey and to get common-sense to prevail. “Post Offices are a central part of rural life and rural communities, in the case of Dunlewey Post Office its future must be safe guarded – the service must continue and An Post must play their part in ensuring a smooth and seamless transition concluded Pat the Cope.“An Post must fill Dunlewey Post Office without delay” – Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher was last modified: October 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more