Speaker Pelosi, House Democrats leave town, fail the American people

Wheels up, off to California after adjourning the House until after Election Day. It’s a shameful display of partisanship in the wake of our recovery from the coronavirus. Rather than help small businesses continue to access unused funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP lawmaker calls on Pelosi to apologize for response to Trump contracting coronavirus Pelosi: ‘We’re making progress’ on coronavirus relief bill What President Trump’s positive COVID test could mean for the markets MORE (D-Calif.) is willing to block reasonable relief efforts, all in the name of politics. She doesn’t want to risk President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump’s COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says ‘appropriate precautions’ were taken for Trump’s outing to see supporters MORE and congressional Republicans getting an ounce of credit in the final weeks of this election.

Some things are simply more important than political posturing, like ensuring American small businesses can weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. We have unspent funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, a COVID relief program that saved 51 million jobs in the United States, 2 million in Ohio alone. Its authorization is expiring, meaning the program is closing up shop, despite $138 billion left in the coffers. My Ohio colleague, Rep Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotKate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House Centrist Democrats ‘strongly considering’ discharge petition on GOP PPP bill Lawmakers call for expanded AI role in education, business to remain competitive MORE, has a simple, straightforward bill that reauthorizes the unspent funds through the end of the year, expands the eligible entities and expenses, and further protects the program so that businesses with fewer than 300 employees can get to the front of the line.

We are on the right path toward economic recovery, with more than 10 million jobs created or brought back after the worst of the pandemic. But as states re-open at different paces, we still have businesses struggling to adjust and keep their doors open. Mom and pop stores, those with just a handful of employees are bearing the brunt of the economic damage. That’s why this PPP extension bill earmarks $25 billion for businesses with 10 or fewer employees and, if a business receives a second PPP loan, this bill ensures the total of those two loans cannot exceed $10 million.

Those businesses with just a few employees can make up a large number of loans in the program, but those loans will often be some of the smallest approved by the Small Business Administration. They are businesses that would struggle with the compliance and paperwork costs associated with byzantine processes mandated by federal regulators. This bill eliminates this problem: a simple form attesting that the business complied with the loan requirements is all that will be needed. It also requires them to keep records

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House Democrats Prep to Pass Stimulus Bill That is Dead with GOP if Talks Fail

Once again, House Democrats are preparing to go it alone.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talk with members of Congress following ceremonies honoring late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Capitol on September 25 in Washington, DC.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) talk with members of Congress following ceremonies honoring late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Capitol on September 25 in Washington, DC.

Amid renewed negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the House postponed plans Wednesday evening to vote on a trimmed-down $2.2 trillion stimulus package until Thursday to “give further room for talks,” a Democratic aide told Newsweek.

Democrats have dubbed the new proposal the Heroes Act 2.0, which they unveiled this week after the last few months failed to produce a bipartisan agreement for another pandemic relief measure.

If a deal is not reached, the Democratic measure is expected to pass along mostly party lines. The proposal offers political cover for Democrats headed into tough re-elections on November 3, as moderates have grown increasingly anxious over Congress’ stimulus inaction. The lack of progress has resulted in mounting pressure on Pelosi to allow another vote on some form of pandemic relief.

The new $2.2 trillion Heroes Act, which is scaled back from the old $3.4 trillion Heroes Act that the House passed in May, includes a second round of $1,200 checks, a $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment insurance, $225 billion for education, $436 billion for state and local governments, food aid, airline industry assistance and Paycheck Protection Program funding.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated that legislation of such size and cost is out of the question for Republicans, accusing it of being riddled with “poison pills.” GOP lawmakers want a more tailored measure, such as the roughly $500 billion package Senate Democrats blocked Republicans from advancing earlier this month. Some Republicans have shown a willingness to spend more while many remain opposed.

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“We’re very, very far apart,” the Kentucky Republican told reporters.

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At the same time, on the other side of the capitol building, Pelosi and Mnuchin were meeting.

“[$2.2 trillion] is too high,” McConnell said. “The thought that Senate Republicans would jump up to $2.2 trillion is outlandish.”

Despite the lack of a deal that’s persisted for months, Mnuchin and Pelosi are vowing to continue their talks.

“We still don’t have an agreement, but we have more work to do,” Mnuchin told reporters. “And we’re going to see where we end up.”

The political reality is that Congress is still not poised to approve coronavirus-related legislation until after Election Day when tensions die down. Moderate Democrats had pushed House leadership to put forward a proposal that could muster bipartisan support rather than another messaging bill, raising questions about

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Laura Whitmore leaves fans in hysterics with epic interior design fail involving a multicoloured rug

Television presenter Laura Whitmore has left fans in hysterics while revealing her interior fail.

The 35 year old Irish star took to Instagram to show off a new rug she’d purchased, however it wasn’t quite what she expected.

Sharing a snap of the rug with her 1.2 million Instagram followers, the Love Island presenter penned: “So I ordered this… and today, this arrived (SWIPE >)” followed by an eye-rolling emoji.

Laura Whitmore shared a snap of what the carpet was supposed to look like
Laura Whitmore shared a snap of what the carpet was supposed to look like

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In the first snap we see a beautiful geometric patterned rug in pastel shades spanning a well-designed lounge in what appears to be a shop photo.

However, the beautiful rug which appears in the professional shot isn’t the same rug as Laura received, with it instead being a touch shabby, a completely different shade and half the size.

The shocked presenter shared a snap of herself standing on her new purchase, showing that it was instead a door mat sized rug, as opposed to a lounge rug as it was advertised as.

The rug that turned up was a little less impressive than Laura had hoped
The rug that turned up was a little less impressive than Laura had hoped

And fans couldn’t stop laughing, as they rushed to the comment section to pen their thoughts.

One wrote: “Literally dying”, while another added: “the reality of ordering online.”

A third said: “This has cracked me up,” and a fourth penned: “Hahahahahhaha.” [sic]

The Irish star has been left less than impressed
The Irish star has been left less than impressed

The comment section, which was filled with laughing emojis by commenters, also saw some fans comparing the rug faux-pas to 2020.

“If there was ever a picture for 2020,” while another commented: “If 2020 was a rug.”

Despite the unfortunate purchase, the rest of Laura’s home is a total haven of interior perfection.

Laura and partner Iain Stirling, who is also a television star, have been living together since he moved in back in 2018.

Their home is filled with quirky artwork, a gorgeous balcony and a must-have dressing room.

Plus, the pair recently introduced an epic garden bar into their home.

The stars enjoyed a boozy night with friends
Laura and Iain recently introduced a bar into their back garden

Taking to Instagram in summer, Iain shared a look at the rustic delight which sits in the pair’s large garden.

Coined ‘The Snug,’ comedian Iain penned: “Delighted to introduce you to the newest member of our family.

“I can now go to the pub and not even leave my house. Ideal.”

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