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Pelosi and Schumer, McConnell divided on relief bill

first_img“I gather [Pelosi] and the Democratic leader in the Senate still are looking at something dramatically larger,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters. “That’s not a place I think we’re willing to go. But I do think there needs to be another package. Hopefully we can get past the impasse we’ve had now for four or five months and get serious about doing something that’s appropriate.” – Advertisement – “We’re at the same place, even more so with the pandemic,” she said. “Because look at those numbers!”Her comments reflect a fundamental disagreement with Republicans over what the U.S. needs to recover from the pandemic. The gulf has lingered throughout start-and-stop talks between Pelosi and the White House.On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged the need for another aid package but said it should resemble the GOP’s $500 billion proposal that Senate Democrats blocked before the election.- Advertisement – The top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that a record surge in U.S. coronavirus infections raises the urgency for a new relief bill.The part of the process that has confounded Washington for months — crafting a bill backed by both Democrats and Republicans — has become no less of a challenge since Election Day.Speaking to reporters in Washington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she still supports legislation to inject at least $2.2 trillion into the American health-care system and economy. The California Democrat, who will see her party’s majority shrink by at least six seats after the 2020 election, cited Wednesday’s record 143,231 new Covid-19 infections as reason to stick to a spending demand the GOP has seen as unreasonable.- Advertisement – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated again Thursday that Democrats would block a bill similar to the one Republicans previously crafted. The New York Democrat called it a “nonstarter” as he backed Pelosi’s stance of at least $2.2 trillion in new spending.Schumer also contended many GOP senators’ refusal to acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect — while President Donald Trump levels baseless charges of electoral fraud — has hampered efforts to govern during the crisis.“Joe Biden has won. Now move on and work with us to solve the Covid crisis,” he said. “Let us bring the country together and get things done.”Lawmakers would have to overcome a number of challenges to pass pandemic relief legislation before Inauguration Day on Jan. 20. Among the barriers, Trump has showed little interest in anything other than fighting the election results since Nov. 3.Biden has listed coronavirus aid as one of his top priorities when he enters office. Control of Congress during his presidency is an open question.The GOP will keep a narrow Senate majority unless Democrats can win two likely runoffs in Georgia in January. Even if Democrats win both races, they would achieve a 50-50 split, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding a tiebreaking vote.Democrats could also end up with 224 seats or even less in the House, according to NBC News estimates, giving Pelosi a smaller margin of error for party defections on legislation.Headline economic numbers in the U.S. have improved: initial jobless claims lingered near their lowest levels of the pandemic last week, the Labor Department said Thursday. Even so, more than 21 million Americans remain on some form of unemployment assistance, and economic pain could sharpen as more states consider restrictions to slow the spiking infection rate.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.center_img U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks after the Senate Republican GOP leadership election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (R), Democrat of California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York hold a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on November 6, 2020.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Virat Kohli retains test batting crown and Ajinkya Rahane joins him in the top…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement fev4nNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsd7dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8w5lr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) keg9tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8x1rCan your students do this? 🌚2h6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Since usurping Steve Smith to gain the no. 1 spot in International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Test batting ranking list last December, Virat Kohli entered the new decade with his rank unruffled. With 928 ratings, the Team India skipper is still leading the list, while teammate Ajinkya Rahane holds his position at 8th with a rating of 759.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPAlong with brilliant spell in the recent limited overs cricket, Virat Kohli had an amazing performance during last year’s Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh. The 31 year put up an astounding 254 against the Proteas in October 2019, and an impressive knock of 136 against Bangladesh in the historical pink ball Test match in November at Eden Gardens.Eearlier expressing his love for the Test format, Kohli has been revered by pundits and supporters for endorsing red ball cricket in the country, and even Ravi Shastri, the head coach was full of praise for the skipper for his leadership role.Advertisement Former Aussie captain Steve Smith is trailing behind Kohli in second position with a rating of 911. The previous world no. 1 reached the top spot after a brilliant Ashes last year, but post his place to Kohli after a lacklustre Pakistan series.Ajinkya Rahane, who dropped from 6th position to 8th, hasn’t got recent call ups for the Men in Blues in white ball cricket, but is still the Test squad’s middle order run machine. In the Bangladesh Test series back in November, the 31 year old put up a combined total of 137 runs. He was India’s second highest scorer in India’s first innings in the first test at Holkar Stadium, and scored his 22nd half century of red ball cricket in the second test at Eden Gardens.Advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara, previously wanked world no. 4, went down to 6th position in the list with 791 ratings. The 31 year old scored 81 in the first South Afirca Test match, followed a 58 in the second one in October. In November, he scored two half centuries in the Bangladesh test series.Following the closure of the ongoing T20 and thereafter the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand, the much awaited Test is coming next month, starting on 21st February at the Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington.Also read-Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was behind us!’ Advertisementlast_img read more