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

Leicester could allow Andrej Kramaric to go with Daniel Armatey poised to join

first_img Bundesliga side Hoffenheim are reportedly keen on Kramaric and while Ranieri would not talk about the German club specifically, he said: ”I’d like all my players happy. I know that who doesn’t play is not happy, of course. If they were happy they’re mad! ”But, of course, I also have to understand what they want to do because also Kramaric has the European Championships and he needs to play. ”For me he is a fantastic player but at the moment I look more at the other three strikers. That is the problem, but for me he is an unbelievable goal scorer. ”Maybe I don’t see him involved very well with the team but he is a fantastic player, works hard during training sessions and it is so sad I don’t give him the opportunities. ”I want to speak with him and feel what he wants to do.” While Kramaric could be leaving Leicester, Daniel Amartey looks set to become the second new signing made by the Barclays Premier League title challengers during the January transfer window. FC Copenhagen announced on Monday morning that they had agreed a fee for the Ghana international, who can play in defence and in central midfield. Press Association Sport understands this to be correct, although a deal remains some way off with the player yet to finalise personal terms or arrive in the country for a medical. Leicester will also have to get a work permit for the 21-year-old. For this reason, Ranieri remain coy when asked about Amartey on Monday afternoon, saying: ”When they arrive, I’ll tell you. ”Now, we didn’t announce the player and I respect Copenhagen but I also respect myself.” Should Armatey complete his move he would become the second new face at the King Power Stadium this month after Demarai Gray joined from Birmingham for £3.75million. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has hinted that striker Andrej Kramaric could be heading out on loan this month. Ranieri last week told the Croatia international his interests would be better served leaving Leicester temporarily, after making just five appearances for the club under the Italian this season. Kramaric has fallen behind Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium and Ranieri has said he will discuss the possibility of a move with the 24-year-old, who joined Leicester for £7million just a year ago. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wisconsin men’s basketball adds recruit

first_imgWisconsin men’s basketballcoach Bo Ryan added to his 2008 recruiting class when Phoenix-area swingmanRyan Evans concluded a three-month courtship with the UW program Monday byverbally committing to the school.Evans can make thecommitment official by signing a letter of intent when the late signing periodbegins April 16.“They’ve been one of the top programs; they’ve got coachRyan,” Evans said when contacted by phone Monday. “They were No. 1 [in 2007]. Ithink they got up to No. 6 this year. I fit the system; I fit coach Ryan’ssystem.“I love the town, the fans, everything was just positiveabout it.”As a senior this season atChandler Hamilton High School, Evans scored 18.4 points per game and grabbed7.3 rebounds per game, leading his team to the Arizona 5A state semifinal.Evans is a late-bloomer,having grown five or six inches between his sophomore and junior seasons,sprouting from 6-foot to 6-foot-6-inches. Now, at 6-foot-7-inches and 185pounds, Evans said he thinks he could still grow another inch or two and hasplenty of room to fill out physically.“I don’t think they’re looking at him to come in and …help to contribute right away,” Hamilton head coach Kevin Hartwig said. “Ithink Ryan understands that, and I think he’s got to get stronger. I think he’sa kid that they just see down the line can contribute and help them out.”Evans fits the mold ofrecent Ryan recruits in that he was lightly recruited by major programs — hechose Wisconsin over Pepperdine and Portland State — and is a player who willfit into the UW system by playing multiple positions. Evans said he feelscomfortable playing anywhere on the floor, from the two, or shooting guard, tothe five or center position.In a conversation Monday,Evans touted his length and how that helps him play defense and block shots.Offensively, Evans’ high school career prepared him for life in Ryan’s swingoffense.Without a major postplayer, Hartwig said Evans played both inside and out and had success with eachapproach.“We had a lot ofmovement (in the offense) where Ryan could use his flexibility,” Hartwigsaid by phone Monday morning. “He can shoot the three, he can put the ballon the floor and get to the rim. … As the year progressed, he got a lot betterwith his inside play and posting guys up.”Evans was on a visit of theschool March 3 when Wisconsin beat Penn State to clinch a share of the Big Tenchampionship. The atmosphere around the UW campus — both athletic and academic— sold him on Wisconsin.“I met a lot of thepeople there, a lot of the counselors and whatnot, and everyone was down toearth,” Evans said. “The people there did nothing but make me happier aboutgetting the offer.”Despite hailing fromArizona, Evans describes himself as coming from a “Big Ten family.” His father,Greg, wrestled for Minnesota in the early 1980s, and Evans’ uncle, Dave Evans,was an All-American and Big Ten champion wrestler for Wisconsin in the late1970s and early ’80s.Those connections meantEvans watched a lot of Wisconsin basketball over the years and led him tosending a highlight tape to the UW coaching staff.Wisconsin already had themaximum of 13 players under scholarship for next season, meaning one currentscholarship player will not have his renewed. The most likely option would bejunior Kevin Gullickson, a former walk-on who fell out of favor with thecoaching staff in February following his third underage drinking ticket andplayed only two minutes for the remainder of the season.With Evans’ commitment, UW’s fall class now is at fivemembers.Guards Robert Wilson of Ohio and Jordan Taylor ofMinnesota, and centers Jarred Berggren of Minnesota and Ian Markolf of Texas,signed during the NCAA’s early signing period.last_img read more