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There is an agreement

Mar 25, 2020 12:15AM PDT

Not signed by trump yet but there is an agreement. going to get expensive for the government and for states. But it looks like a lot of cash is going to get paid to the public. If I read it right, 1200 dollar one time check and 600 a week in addition to unemployment if on furlough. there's a lot more. just wonder when it all starts and if we will have to pay taxes on the money. hopefully it will be like the last time we got checks - no taxes.

https://news.yahoo.com/congress-closing-nearly-2-trillion-122126952.html

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The deal was agreed to
Mar 25, 2020 3:09AM PDT

in the Senate...it still has to go to the House and Pelosi will probably be adding in all the Dem goodies increasing the cost greatly because she has the majority there. Not sure if once her bill gets passed if it has to return to the Senate for a final vote before it heads to Trump as some bills have to go through that process. Trump has already said he won't sign anything that isn't directly related to the virus.

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(NT) Good for him. Seriously.
Mar 25, 2020 3:13AM PDT
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'Money bills have to originate with the Lower House.'
Mar 25, 2020 3:23AM PDT

That's about all I recall of the relevant Constitution. They never ask me, anyway. Happy

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Just the other day was a story about distribution.
Mar 25, 2020 3:20AM PDT

The IRS is the logical choice to send the checks, or direct deposits, and its agents are rarin' to serve their fellow Americans.

But. Understaffed, overworked, lots of ad hoc paperwork to generate with their COBOL (!) systems ... Therefore the checks will begin to arrive in months, not weeks or days.
I can search for the link, for those who need one.

Know COBOL, Steve or Rob? I know who's hiring.

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Just in.
Mar 26, 2020 7:57PM PDT

CBS News, based on the stimulus during the 2008 recession, estimates three months' wait for the checks.

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Here's the latest (15 min ago) from AP.
Mar 25, 2020 3:42AM PDT
https://apnews.com/edd230801c0e181169915e67b1fd64c6
Some interesting language for both sides.
BTW Toni, AP agrees with my assessment of Pelosi. No pork barrel, just the usual petty wrangling over who gets to score which talking points in November.
As if no crisis. Nice system you have there.

Anyway, "The White House AND Senate leaders of BOTH major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday ..."
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made it through the senate
Mar 25, 2020 10:47PM PDT
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showboaters
Mar 26, 2020 11:59PM PDT
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Here's from ABC News, saying somewhat the opposite.
Mar 27, 2020 1:04AM PDT
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(NT) Politicians getting so bad, they can't even spell!!!
Mar 27, 2020 4:21AM PDT
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From Reuters, just now.
Mar 27, 2020 7:23AM PDT
https://apnews.com/2099a53bb8adf2def7ee7329ea322f9d

Whether Massie opposes or not, he's correct about a quorum. Constitutional. However, virtual attendance wasn't available in the 1780s. Since the same document also says the Houses can make their own rules, why can't they go to the Internet?
Of course, they would have to vote on it ...
Happy

Aside from politics, I'm a firm believer in speedy action in parlous times. Even Trump agrees the outcome (passage of the bill) is certain, so delay might prove "fatal" for Massie in November.
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finally passed house
Mar 27, 2020 11:09AM PDT
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trump signed it
Mar 27, 2020 2:11PM PDT

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