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Sanders vows to filibuster military budget to force Senate vote on $2,000 checks

‘This Is No Bluff’ “It would be unconscionable, especially after the House did the right thing, for the Senate to simply leave Washington without voting on this.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 29, 2020…

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GOP blocks $2,000 direct payments for struggling Americans

“The House GOP is spending this holiday season trying to block $2,000 survival payments for families struggling to keep food on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 On Thursday morning the…

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McConnell and McCarthy under fire for obstructing $2,000 relief checks

‘Move, Mitch, Get Out the Way’ “If you don’t see that in your bank account, you have Mitch McConnell to thank.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 With President Donald Trump and the…

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Georgia Democrats Ossoff and Warnock embrace push for $2,000 stimulus checks as runoff nears

“We need additional, substantial direct Covid relief and the only way we’ll get it is by winning these two Senate races in Georgia.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Democratic Senate candidates Jon…

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‘Yes, exactly,’ say progressives after Pence warns Democrats will ‘make rich poorer and poor more comfortable’

“You have to be all sorts of twisted to think ‘making poor people more comfortable’ is a bad thing.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 The grassroots organization People for Bernie on Tuesday…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Wade Rathke

Christmas Comes to Congress

by Wade Rathke December 22, 2020 Pearl River    Ahhh…it’s the end of the year when sugarplums are dancing in dreams of Congressional representatives in both houses and on all sides of the aisle. It may…

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Congress passes Covid relief bill: billions in gifts for the wealthy, $600 checks for working class

“You’re getting a one-time $600 check to survive a pandemic, but hey, at least lobbyists can get their three-martini lunches delivered.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 In late-night votes just hours after…

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Congress crams language to criminalize online streaming, meme-sharing into 5,500-page omnibus bill

“These types of decisions should never be made in closed-door negotiations between politicians and industry or rushed through as part of some must-pass spending package.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, December 21, 2020 Lawmakers in…

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House Democrats Subpoena HHS and CDC bosses over alleged political interference in Covid-19 response

“The subpoenas were necessary because… efforts to interfere with scientific work at CDC were far more extensive and dangerous than previously known,” asserted Rep. James Clyburn. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Monday, December 21, 2020 Accusing…

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Watered-down Covid relief deal

‘A slap in the face for people suffering across the country’ “Congress must pass this bill to address the immediate need, but let’s be clear: this should be considered a down payment at best.” by Kenny…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Unemployment

‘$600 is not enough,’ say progressives as Congressional leaders reach Covid relief deal

“How are the millions of people facing evictions, remaining unemployed, standing in food bank and soup kitchen lines supposed to live off of $600? We didn’t send help for eight months.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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McConnell advances another Trump judge as Covid relief bill remains unfinished

‘This Is His Top Priority’ “As a government shutdown looms, and as the pandemic rages on across America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to push through Trump’s judges until the very end.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Anger mounts as Democrats accuse GOP of imperiling Covid relief with effort to ‘sabotage a Biden presidency’

“After weeks of refusing to acknowledge Biden’s victory, some Republicans have now decided that sabotaging his presidency is more important than helping our economy recover.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, December 19, 2020 After several…

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After billionaires gained $1 trillion in wealth, says Sanders, it is not ‘radical’ to demand more $1,200 stimulus checks

“The American people cannot wait any longer. They need economic relief now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 18, 8pm-MST Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday took to the Senate floor to once again make the…

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‘We are not embarrassed enough’: Ilhan Omar slams Congress for failing the public on Covid relief

“It’s really quite shameful that we find ourselves negotiating a deal with such a small amount of money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, December 17, 2020 With a coronavirus relief deal finally coming together after…

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Amid mounting progressive pressure, Congressional leaders reportedly planning to include direct payments in relief package

“I will not vote for a Covid package that doesn’t include survival payments and unemployment relief for the American people. It’s a red line,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 16,…

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