McConnell and Pelosi push for relief bill

first_imgSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Reuters The two most powerful people in Congress — at least for the next two months — renewed their calls for coronavirus stimulus on Friday.A relief deal could prove just as difficult to reach as it did before Election Day.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., again called for a targeted aid package. In Kentucky, he argued a better than expected October jobs report that saw the U.S. unemployment rate fall to 6.9% reduces the need for a sweeping stimulus bill.- Advertisement – Areas of disagreement between the parties included state and local government aid, enhanced unemployment insurance and liability protections for businesses.Democrats will keep control of the House next Congress, though they will likely lose seats, according to NBC News. Pelosi is expected to serve as speaker for at least one more term.McConnell said earlier this week that he hopes to pass more relief money before the end of the year. How the results of the presidential election will shape President Donald Trump‘s desire to approve a bill during the lame duck session remains to be seen.Though key unresolved states are too close to call in the presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden narrowly leads Trump in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada, according to NBC News. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., appeared with Pelosi on Friday and suggested a Biden presidency would give Democrats more leverage in aid talks.Economists and policymakers, including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, have warned the economic recovery could lose steam if Congress does not pass more fiscal stimulus. Policies buoying those still unemployed, including supplemental jobless benefits and a federal moratorium on evictions, expired earlier this year.Suspension of federal student loan interest will expire at the end of the year. “I think it reinforces the argument that I’ve been making for the last few months, that something smaller – rather than throwing another $3 trillion at this issue – is more appropriate,” he told reporters, according to Reuters. McConnell noted that he will not necessarily lead the Senate in January: NBC News projects both Republicans and Democrats will hold at least 48 seats, with four races unsettled.Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Republicans to restart aid talks that fell apart before the 2020 election. She told reporters that the “imperative to act could not be greater” after the U.S. posted a record of more than 120,000 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday.Still, she said a narrow bill “doesn’t appeal to me at all.” The chambers of Congress failed to find common ground on relief before the election, as Senate Republicans tried to pass a $500 billion aid bill and House Democrats approved a $2.2 trillion package.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Palmdale success is about defense

first_img Palmdale is 11-0-3 after its elimination on penalty kicks in last week’s Hart of Newhall tournament semifinals. It was the second time this season the Falcons lost a tournament semifinal on penalty kicks. No surprise: Palmdale’s impressive start wasn’t anticipated from the team that finished near the bottom of last year’s Golden League standings, but the Falcons aren’t among the surprised. “I met them over the summer,” said Cline, a first-year coach. “I thought we’d do just fine. I saw they could play, and they’ve really picked up on things.” Many of Palmdale’s players spent the summer playing in an indoor soccer league, winning the title. They are hoping for another title during the high school season after failing to qualify for playoffs last year. Hart breaker: Quartz Hill (4-2-4) showed it is capable of playing with the best, upsetting Hart 3-2 in the Hart tournament quarterfinals. The loss was only the second of the season for the Indians (11-2-0), who were among the tournament title favorites. Although its high-scoring attack gets most of the attention, the Palmdale High boys’ soccer team credits its defense for its success. The Falcons enter today’s Golden League opener against Lancaster with eight shutouts, and they posted six in a row at one point. “Not singling anyone out, the defense all together has been doing really well,” Falcons coach Jarrod Cline said. “The defense is really good. We’ve been scoring a lot, but the defense gives the forwards and midfield more chances to get the attack going.” Center midfielders Brandon Afaro and Carlos Aguilar are have been pivotal, contributing offensively and defensively. Forward Jose Garay is the leading scorer, with 19 goals. Just as notable, Quartz Hill shut down Hart scoring machine Matt Valaika, who has 25 goals in 13 games and had combined for seven goals in two games the day before facing the Rebels. Quartz Hill was eliminated in the semifinals by Hart’s Foothill League rival Saugus. Highland riding high: Of six Golden League teams that began league play Wednesday, Highland was the only winner. The visiting Bulldogs dominated Antelope Valley 6-0. Highland senior forward Robby Gonzalaez scored three goals, and teammate Sharif Khatib provided two goals and two assists. The Bulldogs (6-4-1) could use some of that offense again tonight when they have a big game at Quartz Hill. The Rebels are coming off a scoreless tie against defending league champion Littlerock. In Wednesday’s other opener, Lancaster and Knight tied 1-1. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more