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

Salah equals Drogba Premier League record

first_img0Shares0000Didier Drogba’s eight-year-old record for being the African with the most Premier League goals in a season was equalled Saturday by Liverpool’s Mohamed Dalah © AFP / SIA KAMBOUPARIS, France, Apr 2 – Liverpool star Mohamed Salah equalled the record for goals by an African in an English Premier League season when he scored his 29th in a weekend win at Crystal Palace.The prolific 25-year-old Egyptian attacker matched the mark set by Ivorian Didier Drogba during the 2009-2010 season as he helped Chelsea win the title. Salah is five goals ahead of Tottenham Hotspur sharpshooter Harry Kane as he seeks to emulate Drogba and finish as the Premier League leading scorer.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the winner against Crystal Palace on Saturday © AFP / Glyn KIRKSalah may not have had one of his more eye-catching performances against struggling Crystal Palace but he was on hand to score the winner, producing a delightful first touch to bemuse Mamadou Sakho and fire home his 29th Premier League goal of the campaign, equalling the league record of scoring in 21 matches of a 38-game season.WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester)He could have cost his side dearly when, with the Foxes holding a 1-0 lead at struggling Brighton, he received his marching orders for a second bookable offence with three minutes remaining.The 21-year-old Nigeria midfielder had conceded a penalty for his first yellow card but Glenn Murray’s spot-kick was saved by Kasper Schmeichel and was sent off for fouling Shane Duffy.Leicester scored a second goal with 10 men to win 2-0.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)The Gabon striker bagged a brace as Arsenal warmed up for a crucial Europa League clash with a 3-0 home victory over Stoke.Arsene Wenger’s side must win the UEFA second-tier competition to qualify for next season’s Champions League, so playing Stoke was all about boosting morale ahead of a visit from CSKA Moscow for a quarter-final first leg this Thursday.Aubameyang, who isn’t eligible to play in Europe for the Gunners, ensured they go into the Moscow tie in good spirits, opening the scoring with a 75th-minute penalty and adding his second with a cool finish in the 86th minute.He now has five goals for Arsenal since his January move from Borussia Dortmund.ITALYJOEL OBI (Torino)Nigerian international Obi came off the bench to score the final goal in a 4-0 win by Torino at Cagliari.The 26-year-old midfielder came on in the 77th minute and scored 10 minutes later off an Andrea Belotti cross as mid-table Torino claimed their ninth win of the season.Obi is targeting a call-up by Nigeria for the World Cup in Russia after being recalled by the ‘Super Eagles’ this month following an almost four-year absence.GERMANYSALIF SANE (Hanover)The Senegalese defender scored his second goal in three games, but was unable to help Hanover avoid a dramatic 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig.With his side 2-0 down, Sane’s header went in off the post to pull them back into the game and kickstart what might have been a brilliant comeback.Hanover were ultimately heartbroken, however, when a late equaliser was ruled offside.NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)The 23-year-old Guinean picked up his fifth assist of the season as his side survived a late scare to beat Hanover 3-2.Early in the second half, Keita’s floating cross found Willi Orban, who put Leipzig 2-0 ahead with a powerful header.Though Hanover twice fought back from a two-goal deficit, Keita and Leipzig held on to secure three points and bounce back into the Bundesliga top four.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Eintracht Frankfurt)The former Ghana international provided a stylish assist in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen.With Frankfurt 1-0 down in the second half, Boateng’s backheeled cross picked out Lukas Jovic, who equalised.It wasn’t enough for Frankfurt, who missed a chance to go fourth after a mistake gave Bremen a late victory.FRANCEGIOVANNI SIO (Montpellier)The 29-year-old Ivory Coast striker grabbed two goals as fifth-place Montpellier defeated Caen 3-1 to keep up his club’s push for a Europa League spot next season.Sio now has 10 Ligue 1 goals this season with his team having lost just once in their last 13 league matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Cantwell goes the distance

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary missed a number of shots within 4 feet Thursday, but the Cardinals made up for it with some long-range connections and defeated visiting St. Matthias, 51-43, in a girls Camino Real League opener Thursday night. “The past two years, St. Matthias has never been ready to play us,” Cantwell coach Omar Villalta said. “Tonight they came to play, and we weren’t ready for them. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaCantwell led 7-0 and never trailed, although the Victorians put together an 8-0 run to gain a 35-35 tie with 51.6 seconds left in the third quarter. Chavez promptly nailed a 3-pointer to offset Dezeri Navarro’s only basket of the night, which closed the deficit to 38-37 at the end of the period. Cantwell responded with an 11-0 surge to start the final quarter as Cynthia Duarte made her second 3-point basket and a transition layup for a 49-37 lead to cement the victory. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext.3046 “We let them get some good shots, and we missed a lot of shots. I think we counted eight layups missed in the first half.” Cantwell (9-7) shot 50 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12), with three 3-pointers by Gaby Chavez. center_img 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