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

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Milan Grain terminal groundbreaking held Friday that will revolutionize the way grain is transported

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The future of agriculture is about to change in Sumner County. By next summer, farmers, not just grain elevator operators, will be able to ship grain by rail.MKC and partner CHS plan to open a Producer Ag, LLC state of the art receiving and rail shipping grain terminal at U.S. 160 and Ryan Road in Milan next June. Construction began 10 days ago with dirt work to ready the site for building.“Things like this take lots of time, but the decision was not difficult,” said MKC President and CEO Dave Christiansen. “It’s critical when you take a look at rural America.”Groundbreaking ceremony was held in Wellington.MKC gave a public presentation and held a ground breaking ceremony at the Sumner County Extension Office/Raymond Frye Complex on Friday, May 27 with a good turn out. Due to the amount of rain received in the area recently, the ground breaking could not take place on the future site.“We understand the cause, and if it’s going to benefit farmers, we are going to do it,” Christiansen said. “We believe this project is going to do just that.”MKC is a cooperative based out of Moundridge, Kan., with a territory that covers over 19,500 square miles, stretching 200 miles north and 130 miles south. With 81 current facilities, they employ 349 people.Erik Lange, Vice President of Southern Operations, said that risk management is a core business unit unique to their company.“Risk management helps farmers take control of crop production risks,” Lange said. “We offer crop insurance and crop input financing.”The cooperative’s core business units include grain, egronomy, energy, feed and risk management.CHS is a global cooperative partner with MKC.“We chose them as a partner because they have an excellent relationship with the railroad and access to world markets, meaning grain can be shipped from Sumner County across the United States and overseas,” Lange said.When built, the facility will have a capacity to hold 100,000 bushels of grain. Separate bins will be able to hold 25,000 bushels of grain. There will be a total storage space for 4.5 million bushels of grain. The circle track surrounding the facility will hold 120 rail cars.Senior Location Manager Jeff Jones said the facility will be similar to one they built in Canton, Kans.“The need for growth brought to that facility was immediate,” Jones said.There will be an investment of $43,000,000 in costs to build the facility. Grain payroll will be a total of $720,000, with each of twelve full time employees making about $60,000 annually, with benefits.During the 14 month construction process, 280 people will be employed to build the facility. They are hoping to draw business from surrounding counties.Producer Ag, LLC will be a cooperative owned facility, creating value for farmers. Members will share earning through patronage. There will be a Section 199 deduction and members cooperative governance.“The shuttle train will provide new basis for the area,” Jones said. “There are lots of opportunities out there, and we are glad to bring them here.”The cooperative plans on a June 1, 2017 completion date.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Mobile app to answer general queries on IIM Indore

first_imgNow, for all your queries on Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore, all you need to do is log on to ‘Krigger,’ a mobile application developed by a student of the institute.The app, which uses a simple question and answer format has been developed by Suraj Satyarthi, a fifth year student of Integrated Programme for Management (IPM).Why was the application developed?According to Satyarthi, many students who take admission to IIM Indore have many questions ranging from life at campus to quality of the library. He was unable to find a credible forum for these queries. How credible is the information provided?He has developed the application in such a manner that only people with IPM email ids, i.e the students undergoing the courses, would be allowed to answer the queries.Even if the director wished, he would not be able answer the queries.Heads under which the application allows discussion:Currently there are nine heads under which a discussion is held on the application, namely academics, admission process, aptitude test, campus, faculty, fun and party, interview, anti-ragging and sports.Krigger also boasts of a weekly hangout feature, which allows users to interact with the students. Various tips ranging from how to crack interviews and ways to clear aptitude tests are shared during the session.Read: Smriti Irani instructs IITs to introduce Sanskrit languageRead: India gets first free interactive higher education portalClick here to get latest updates on education news.last_img read more