Pelosi floats almost $1T for states

Who the hell do you think pays for all of this?

The death toll from the coronavirus is approaching 63,000 in the U.S., with more than 1 million confirmed cases.

The Trump administration is making a push to reach senior citizens and rolled out a handful of initiatives Thursday designed to help nursing homes during the pandemic.

Task force member Anthony Fauci also said he’s optimistic a vaccine will be ready by the winter and House Democrats want nearly $1 trillion for states in the next stimulus bill.

We’ll start with the legislative debate:

A big number:

Pelosi floats almost $1T for states

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Democrats will push for including almost $1 trillion in the next coronavirus relief package to help states and local governments hit hard by the pandemic.

That figure, Pelosi said, would likely be the single largest line-item of the Democrats’ next emergency package, known as CARES 2, which is also expected to include hundreds of billions of dollars more to help workers, businesses and families weather the crisis.

“We’re not going to be able to cover all of it, but to the extent that we can keep the states and localities sustainable, that’s our goal,” Pelosi told reporters in the basement of the near-deserted Capitol.

GOP not thrilled: “That strikes me as a pretty outrageous number, just for state and local support,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters in the Capitol, shortly after Pelosi floated the $1 trillion figure. “We’ve already provided $150 billion in CARES 1.”

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