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Coronavirus Cases in India Cross 15 Lakh-Mark After 48,513 People Test Positive in Past 24 Hours, COVID-19 Death Toll Mounts to 34,193

India reported 48,513 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the number of infected patients to 15,31,670 on Wednesday, According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 654 people succumbed to the deadly virus since Tuesday morning.

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New Delhi, July 29: India reported 48,513 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the number of infected patients to 15,31,670 on Wednesday, According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 654 people succumbed to the deadly virus since Tuesday morning. Till now, 34,93 people have lost their lives in India due to COVID-19.

In the past 24 hours, 35,175 patients also recovered from coronavirus. So far, 988029 people have recovered from coronavirus, while one patient has migrated to another country. As per the Union Health Ministry, there are currently, 5,09,447 active cases in India.

According to Bloomberg’s Coronavirus Tracker, India’s COVID-19 growth rate is now increasing the fastest in the world at a rate of 20 percent in comparison to last week. India is just the US and Brazil. However, its growth in new cases is the fastest.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state of India. The COVID-19 cases in this state are over 3.3 . On Tuesday, The state notched 7,717 new COVID cases, the lowest in a fortnight and down from the highest tally of 10,576 on July 22.

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including the alterations to jobless benefits, will force the House to vote again on the legislation, which is expected to happen next week.

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President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package took a key step forward Friday night after Democratic leaders reached an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVa., on unemployment insurance benefits.

A Democratic push to move forward with Biden’s “American Rescue Plan” halted for hours on Friday after Manchin balked the terms of unemployment insurance outlined in the House’s version of the bill.

Manchin’s support is critical for Senate Democrats, who hold a razor-thin majority in the upper chamber and have garnered little support from GOP lawmakers on the package. Even with passage possible through a simple majority vote under special budget reconciliation rules, the Democrats will likely need to stay united in order to get the package through the Senate.The Senate is voting into the wee hours of Saturday morning on a series of amendments to the $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill, following a nearly twelve hour struggle to get one Democrat to support the party’s plan to extend unemployment benefits.
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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stalled President Joe Biden’s top priority in Congress after Democrats cut a deal on Friday morning without his approval, launching a furious lobbying effort for his vote.
Democrats kept the Senate open for the longest roll call vote in recent history, as Manchin signaled he would accept the Republicans’ less generous proposal.
But after a long negotiation, and with a flurry of other amendments to consider, Manchin finally agreed to extend $300 weekly unemployment benefits through September 6, about a month earlier than what Democrats had envisioned. The West Virginia Democrat also limited a provision to make the first $10,200 in benefits nontaxable apply only to households making less than $150,000.
“We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being with unexpected tax bills next year,” said Manchin in a statement.
Democratic divides sharpen even as Biden’s Covid-19 relief package moves forward
Democratic divides sharpen even as Biden’s Covid-19 relief package moves forward
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday evening that Biden “supports the compromise agreement, and is grateful to all the Senators who worked so hard to reach this outcome.”
Key features of the nearly $2 trillion package include aid to small businesses, up to $1,400 stimulus checks to many Americans and funding for states and municipalities, schools and vaccine distribution.
The Senate will pass the bill after voting on a series of amendments, a process known as vote-a-rama, which could end as soon as Saturday morning. But given the changes made to the plan, it will have to go back to the House for a final vote before being sent to Biden’s desk for his signature.
Vote-a-rama underway
The Senate is now undertaking a series of politically tough amendment votes, the last hurdle senators face before voting on the massive pandemic relief bill.
The vote-a-rama is a Senate tradition that the minority party uses to put members of the majority on the record on controversial issues in an effort to make changes to a bill that they oppose.
Senate Republicans introduced a number of amendments overnight that were narrowly defeated by the Democratic majority. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine pushed to replace Biden’s bill with a $650 billion version. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida wanted to tie school funding to reopening requirements. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina advocated for greater transparency for state nursing home investigations.
But the GOP amendments failed, along with one by Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to require Biden to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which he recently blocked.
The first, extraordinarily long amendment vote — on a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 a hour, introduced by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — was an early test of party unity.
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Eight senators in the Democratic conference — Manchin, Tester, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Angus King of Maine, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Chris Coons and Tom Carper of Delaware — opposed the minimum wage amendment, along with every Republican senator.
The measure failed with the gavel finally going down on the first amendment vote of the vote-a-rama, 11 hours and 50 minutes after it began, making it the longest roll call vote in recent Senate history. The Democratic negotiations over the unemployment benefits had held up the marathon vote series, keeping the vote open for an extended period of .
Democrats then rejected a Republican motion to adjourn late Friday, banking that Republicans will grow weary and won’t offer as many amendments.
Early Saturday, the Senate adopted Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s plan to extend weekly jobless benefits at $300 through July 18.
The last hours of the relief bill tick down in the US Senate
The last hours of the relief bill tick down in the US Senate
Manchin also voted for the GOP proposal, but the Democrats’ alternative plan, which was adopted early Saturday morning, will supersede the Portman amendment.
The Senate’s effort to pass the $1.9 trillion legislation kicked into high gear Thursday when senators voted to open debate, and in a sign of just how thin Democrats’ majority is, Vice President Kamala Harris had to return to the Capitol to break the tie advancing the bill. Republicans opposed to the legislation have been taking steps to draw out the process, starting with forcing the 628-page bill to be read aloud.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, criticized Republican tactics to slow down the process and on Friday thanked the Senate floor staff for the nearly 11 hours of reading the bill, calling them “the unsung heroes of this place.”
The Democratic-controlled House passed the legislation at the end of last month, along with an increase in the minimum wage. But the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the wage hike could not be included in the Senate’s version of the bill under reconciliation. That change and others, including the alterations to jobless benefits, will force the House to vote again on the legislation, which is expected to happen next week.

Despite drop in unemployment, Biden still pushing COVID relief billVideo
“The President has made it clear we will have enough vaccines for every American by the end of May and I am confident the economic recovery will follow,” Manchin said in a statement. “We have reached a compromise that enables the economy to rebound quickly while also protecting those receiving unemployment benefits from being hit with unexpected tax bill next year.”

Under the agreement with Manchin, Senate Democrats will submit a framework for $300 in weekly unemployment benefits through Sept. 6. In the House version, the weekly unemployment benefit was $400 through Aug. 29.

The agreement also includes a provision denoting that the first $10,200 of unemployment insurance is untaxable for first-time recipients in households earning less than $150,000. The clause was not included in the House bill.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden backs the compromise.

“The President supports the compromise agreement, and is grateful to all the Senators who worked so hard to reach this outcome,” she said in a statement. “It extends supplemental unemployment benefit into September, and helps the vast majority of unemployment insurance recipients avoid unanticipated tax bills. Most importantly, this agreement allows us to move forward on the urgently needed American Rescue Plan, with $1400 relief checks, funding we need to finish the vaccine rollout, open our schools, help those suffering from the pandemic, and more.”

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The Senate will proceed with its “vote-a-rama” on the bill, during which senators can propose amendments to the package as it currently stands. Earlier Friday, lawmakers shot down Sen. Bernie Sanders’ amendment that sought to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour as part of the package.

The Senate is expected to finalize the relief bill this weekend, though the exact timing of a final vote remains unclear.




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The US Senate is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill in the coming days before it heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. This may seem like a major win for the new administration and congressional Democrats, but it’s actually a Pyrrhic victory — one that they may come to regret in the weeks and months ahead.

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The expectation was that Biden would work to find common ground with Republicans on economic recovery, particularly after the two sides came together in late December 2020 to enact the last round of Covid-19 relief. Despite President Biden’s many calls for unity and bipartisanship, however, Democrats have acted unilaterally this time around.
Because this is the first major legislative initiative of Biden’s presidency, the Democrats’ unwillingness to compromise may have poisoned the well when it comes to future bipartisan action. This go-it-alone approach will only make it more politically challenging for Republicans to step out and work with Democrats in the future on issues such as prescription drug pricing, tougher action against China or infrastructure legislation.
Some Democrats argue that Republicans have never been interested in negotiating with them in good faith to reach an agreement on a spending bill. More broadly, progressives believe that bipartisan action is a mirage that isn’t worth pursuing. They argue that because Democrats control the House and hold the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, which is split 50-50, President Biden should act aggressively and boldly, even if it means discarding the possibility of future bipartisan wins. Indeed, it seems this perspective has prevailed on Biden.
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This of view ignores the fact that Republicans have recently introduced legislation that could attract support from Democrats. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has been the most prolific legislator in this regard, with one analyst arguing that he is “making a credible bid to be the most significant policy entrepreneur of the Biden era.” Romney teamed up with Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, for example, to propose legislation that would both increase the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour and index future hikes to inflation, while at the same time requiring employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they are hiring workers eligible for employment in the United States.
Romney also introduced an overhaul of how the federal government provides financial assistance to families — a policy proposal that Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain tweeted was “an encouraging sign that bipartisan action to reduce child poverty IS possible.”
Both Republicans and Democrats have also signaled support for legislation to strengthen the US supply chain in critical areas like public health and defense, and a number of Republican lawmakers recently attended a White House meeting to discuss possible legislative reforms. By forcing through the relief bill, however, Democrats may have poured cold water on any hopes Republicans may have had of working across the aisle on these issues.
There’s a second reason why Biden and the Democrats erred when they decided to push the spending package forward without bipartisan support: They handed Republicans an opportunity to unite when the prevailing narrative is that the party and the conservative movement, more broadly, are fundamentally divided.
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To pass their spending bill, Democrats are using a legislative maneuver called budget reconciliation — which allows legislation directly impacting spending or revenues to advance in the Senate on a simple majority vote. In recent years, budget reconciliation has been used to advance policies that have little or no hope of securing bipartisan support. For example, Republicans used reconciliation in 2017 to advance their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which didn’t work in their favor.
By relying on budget reconciliation to pass the relief bill with a party-line vote, rather than engaging in negotiations to produce legislation with bipartisan support, Democrats unified the congressional GOP on policy and them a reason to come together in opposition to Biden’s plan. Had Biden decided to work with the group of 10 Senate Republicans who offered an alternative to the spending bill in late January, it would have put some Republicans in a difficult predicament: join a bipartisan effort to pass an economic relief package, or vote against it and risk some political backlash.
Instead, the Democrats’ attempt to force through the relief bill gave House Republicans the chance to find strength in numbers. In fact, Republicans in the House of Representatives — regardless of how they voted on former President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment — unanimously opposed the Democrats’ recovery package. In the chamber, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears open to supporting the Democrats’ spending package, but the likelihood is that every other GOP senator will join their colleagues in the House and vote against it.
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If all goes according to plan for Senate Democrats, they’ll be able to deliver a spending bill that Biden will sign into law sometime next week. Democrats will celebrate the accomplishment, but the win will ultimately cause long-term challenges and dissuade any Republicans who may have been open to working across the aisle from believing President Biden’s calls for bipartisanship are genuine. If he is unable to move forward on other policy priorities in a bipartisan fashion, it will undercut the image Biden wants to cultivate. More importantly, it will be a huge loss for Americans who the two to come together to address some of our country’s most pressing challenges.
Senate Democrats have agreed to a change in their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan to reduce the additional federal unemployment insurance payment to $300 per week but extend it through September rather than August.
The proposal would also make the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits nontaxable.
Democrats aim to get the bill through the Senate this weekend, then pass in the House and to President Joe Biden’s desk before unemployment aid programs expire March 14.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 10, 2021.
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Senate Democrats have agreed to cut the weekly unemployment insurance supplement in their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill but extend it for a longer period of time, CNBC confirmed Friday.

The party plans to make the change Friday during a marathon of votes on amendments known as a vote-a-rama. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., will propose the plan.

The Senate would maintain the federal jobless benefit supplement at the current $300 per week level, rather than increase it to $400 as a House-passed bill did. The change would keep the policy in place through September, rather than end it on Aug. 29 as the House plan did.

The proposal would also make the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance untaxed. The provision aims to prevent surprise tax bills for beneficiaries.

The change to unemployment aid programs marks the latest concession from Senate Democratic leaders to moderate lawmakers, after they agreed to limit the number of people who would get $1,400 direct payments. The party has to appease all 50 members of its caucus to win a simple majority vote, the baseline needed under budget reconciliation, in the chamber split evenly by party.

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The revision to unemployment policy will also appeal to senators led by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worried about millions of Americans suddenly losing financial support when the jobless benefit programs expired in August. Provisions providing a boost to unemployment benefits and extending eligibility for them lapsed once last summer. Congress did not renew them until December.

Wyden has called to tie the jobless aid to economic conditions so that it does not expire before the economy recovers. In opposing the relief bill, some Republicans have contended a $400 per week unemployment boost would discourage people from returning to work. They made the same argument when lawmakers approved a $600 per week supplement last year, but some research suggests the policy would not have a major effect on people deciding to seek jobs.

Democrats aim to approve their latest rescue package before March 14, the day when the current $300 per week unemployment benefit expires.

Senate Democrats hope to pass the bill by this weekend. Republicans can drag out the process, as they face no limit on the number of amendments they can offer to the plan.

The House aims to approve the Senate version of the plan by next week and send it to President Joe Biden to sign into law.




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The US Senate is expected to a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill in the coming days before it heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. This may seem like a major win for the new administration and congressional Democrats, but it’s actually a Pyrrhic victory — one that they may come to regret in the weeks and months ahead.

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The expectation was that Biden would work to find common ground with Republicans on economic recovery, particularly after the two sides came together in late December 2020 to enact the last round of Covid-19 relief. Despite President Biden’s many calls for unity and bipartisanship, however, Democrats have acted unilaterally this time around.
Because this is the first major legislative initiative of Biden’s presidency, the Democrats’ unwillingness to compromise may have poisoned the well when it comes to future bipartisan action. This go-it-alone approach will only make it more politically challenging for Republicans to step out and work with Democrats in the future on issues such as prescription drug pricing, tougher action against or infrastructure legislation.
Some Democrats argue that Republicans have never been interested in negotiating with them in good faith to reach an agreement on a spending bill. More broadly, progressives believe that bipartisan action is a mirage that isn’t worth pursuing. They argue that because Democrats control the House and hold the tie-breaking vote in the Senate, which is split 50-50, President Biden should act aggressively and boldly, even if it means discarding the possibility of future bipartisan wins. Indeed, it seems this perspective has prevailed on Biden.
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Ronny Jackson and the ‘former guy’
This point of view ignores the fact that Republicans have recently introduced legislation that could attract support from Democrats. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney has been the most prolific legislator in this regard, with one analyst arguing that he is “making a credible bid to be the most significant policy entrepreneur of the Biden era.” Romney teamed up with Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, for example, to propose legislation that would both increase the federal minimum wage to $10 an hour and index future hikes to inflation, while at the same time requiring employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure that they are hiring workers eligible for employment in the United States.
Romney also introduced an overhaul of how the federal government provides financial assistance to families — a policy proposal that Biden’s Chief of Staff Klain tweeted was “an encouraging sign that bipartisan action to reduce child poverty IS possible.”
Both Republicans and Democrats have also signaled support for legislation to strengthen the US supply chain in critical areas like public health and defense, and a number of Republican lawmakers recently attended a White House meeting to discuss possible legislative reforms. By forcing through the relief bill, however, Democrats may have poured cold water on any hopes Republicans may have had of working across the aisle on these issues.
There’s a second reason why Biden and the Democrats erred when they decided to push the spending package forward without bipartisan support: They handed Republicans an opportunity to unite when the prevailing narrative is that the party and the conservative movement, more broadly, are fundamentally divided.
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Alyssa Milano: Pay moms for getting us through this crisis
To pass their spending bill, Democrats are using a legislative maneuver called budget reconciliation — which allows legislation directly impacting spending or revenues to advance in the Senate on a simple majority vote. In recent years, budget reconciliation has been used to advance policies that have little or no hope of securing bipartisan support. For example, Republicans used reconciliation in 2017 to advance their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which didn’t work in their favor.
By relying on budget reconciliation to pass the relief bill with a party-line vote, rather than engaging in negotiations to produce legislation with bipartisan support, Democrats unified the congressional GOP on policy and gave them a reason to come together in opposition to Biden’s plan. Had Biden decided to work with the group of 10 Senate Republicans who offered an alternative to the spending bill in late January, it would have put some Republicans in a difficult predicament: join a bipartisan effort to pass an economic relief package, or vote against it and risk some political backlash.
Instead, the Democrats’ attempt to force through the relief bill gave House Republicans the chance to find strength in numbers. In fact, Republicans in the House of Representatives — regardless of how they voted on former President Donald Trump’s recent impeachment — unanimously opposed the Democrats’ recovery package. In the upper chamber, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski appears open to supporting the Democrats’ spending package, but the likelihood is that every other GOP senator will join their colleagues in the House and vote against it.
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If all goes according to plan for Senate Democrats, they’ll be able to deliver a spending bill that Biden will sign into law sometime next week. Democrats will celebrate the accomplishment, but the win will ultimately cause long-term challenges and dissuade any Republicans who may have been open to working across the aisle from believing President Biden’s calls for bipartisanship are genuine. If he is unable to move forward on other policy priorities in a bipartisan fashion, it will undercut the image Biden wants to cultivate. More importantly, it will be a huge loss for Americans who wanted the two parties to come together to finally address some of our country’s most pressing challenges.
Senate Democrats have to a change in their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan to reduce the additional federal unemployment insurance payment to $300 per week but extend it through September rather than August.
The proposal would also make the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance benefits nontaxable.
Democrats aim to get the bill through the Senate this weekend, then pass in the House and to President Joe Biden’s desk before unemployment aid programs expire March 14.
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 10, 2021.
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Senate Democrats have agreed to cut the weekly unemployment insurance supplement in their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill but extend it for a longer period of time, CNBC Friday.

The party plans to make the change Friday during a marathon of votes on amendments known as a vote-a-rama. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., will propose the plan.

The Senate would maintain the federal jobless benefit supplement at the current $300 per week level, rather than increase it to $400 as a House-passed bill did. The change would keep the policy in place through September, rather than end it on Aug. 29 as the House plan did.

The proposal would also make the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance untaxed. The provision aims to prevent surprise tax bills for beneficiaries.

The change to unemployment aid programs marks the latest concession from Senate Democratic leaders to moderate lawmakers, after they agreed to limit the number of people who would get $1,400 direct payments. The party has to appease all 50 members of its caucus to win a simple majority vote, the baseline needed under budget reconciliation, in the chamber split evenly by party.

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The revision to unemployment policy will also appeal to senators led by Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worried about of Americans suddenly losing financial support when the jobless benefit programs expired in August. Provisions providing a boost to unemployment benefits and extending eligibility for them lapsed once last summer. Congress did not renew them until December.

Wyden has called to tie the jobless aid to economic conditions so that it does not expire before the economy recovers. In opposing the relief bill, some Republicans have contended a $400 per week unemployment boost would discourage people from returning to work. They made the same argument when lawmakers approved a $600 per week supplement last year, but some research the policy would not have a major effect on people deciding to seek jobs.

Democrats aim to approve their latest rescue package before March 14, the day when the current $300 per week unemployment benefit expires.

Senate Democrats hope to pass the bill by this weekend. Republicans can drag out the process, as they face no limit on the number of amendments they can offer to the plan.

The House aims to approve the Senate version of the plan by next week and send it to President Joe Biden to sign into law.




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