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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

Aker BP to remove Jette field facilities

first_imgJette Field illustration (Image by Aker BP)Norwegian oil company Aker BP has been given the approval by the Norwegian authorities to remove the subsea facilities from the Jette field in the North Sea.The Jette field is in the central North Sea, around six kilometers south of the Jotun field. The water depth is 127 meters.Jette was proven in 2009, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2012. The field was developed using a subsea template with two production wells tied to the Jotun A facility. Production finished in December 2016.According to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway which gave the approval for the removal, the work of removing the facilities on the Jette field is planned to start in summer 2018 and will continue in 2019 and 2020, after the wells have been permanently plugged.last_img read more

Longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler enters Hall of Fame with no regrets

first_imgLongtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler receives the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media award at Thursday’s Basketball Hall of Fame Awards Dinner as part of this week’s enshrinement ceremonies at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (Photo via Basketball Hall of Fame/Twitter) Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters He said he’s proud to have been with the team when Steve Ballmer purchased it for $2 billion in 2014, the start of a monumental turnaround for the franchise.“When Steve Ballmer bought the basketball team, you knew right away, as soon as you met him and talked to him and sensed his commitment: This is going to happen, what has happened this summer,” said Lawler, who repeated what he told the Staples Center crowd on Ralph Lawler Night late last season. “This team is gonna win not a championship, but multiple championships. And I think people now can see that wasn’t some wild prophecy.”Lawler said he’d almost retired for the night on July 5 when he learned of the late-night deals to bring aboard Leonard and George.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was resigned to the point that the Clippers aren’t going to be able to make any moves at all,” Lawler said. “I thought, ‘Man, that’s gonna be tough to handle and a tough sell for the ballclub; everybody was so excited.’ But before I went to bed at 11, I said ‘Let me just check my phone one more time.’ And then I go, ‘Holy cow! Look at that!’ It was not just one, it was two. And I jumped up and down in bed and hugged my wife: ‘They’ve got both Kawhi and Paul George, for crying out loud!’ ”Indeed, Lawler said he’s spent his first offseason of retirement much like he’s spent every other offseason – staying on top of basketball news.“I’m on Twitter all day, every day it seems,” said Lawler, who’s one of a small group of announcers to call games in each of the four major U.S. sports leagues, including the NFL (Chargers), MLB (Phillies), NHL (Flyers) and NBA (Clippers and 76ers).“I bought my first basketball magazine for the fall, I just don’t know how to not do that. We’re signed up for NBA League pass. I’ll be watching every game, I can promise you that.” Lawler, of course, kept fans entertained and tuning in through many poor Clippers’ seasons with his quick wit and focus on humanity.On Thursday, he credited former broadcast partner Bill Walton – a Hall of Famer who joined Lawler’s wife, Jo, and his other family members, Fox Sports personnel and Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ President of Business Operations, in Springfield – with teaching him the importance of keeping broadcasts fun, regardless of the score.“Bill made me realize this is about having fun,” said Lawler, who’s previously been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and three Emmy awards. “If we’re having fun, the viewers are having fun. If we care about the players and talk not so much the basketball game, but who they are as people, all of a sudden people connect to them, and they care about them as more than No. 14.”Longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein (an El Toro High and Cal State Fullerton graduate who previously worked for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and San Bernardino Sun), also was honored Thursday with the Curt Gowdy Award, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball.Lawler was known for his catchphrases, including “Lawler’s Law” – or as he put it: “First team to 100 wins; it’s the law.” He came aboard with the then-San Diego Clippers in 1978, the team’s first season in California and moved with the franchise to Los Angeles six years later. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Ralph Lawler posed for selfies, signed autographs, appreciated all the “Lawlerisms” he heard and enjoyed the “thrill of a lifetime” Thursday when he received the Curt Gowdy Award at the Family Reunion and Awards Dinner at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.Lawler, 81, retired this spring after 40 seasons calling 3,229 regular-season Clippers games – and though he said he’s ready for an anonymous life in Bend, Oregon, there’s part of him that wishes he’d timed his exit a little differently.Within the month, the Clippers – serious contenders for the next NBA title with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – will begin training camp without Lawler, which “is awkward, to say the least,” he said by phone from Springfield, Mass.“I say that without any hint of regret about the decision that we’ve made,” Lawler said. “We are looking forward to the future with great excitement. But the timing stinks. I wish I’d have done all this a year ago or put off retiring for a year; it’s going to be hard to miss what’s going to be a golden year for this franchise.”last_img read more