Weekend News Bytes — April 20, 2020

Weekend News Bytes — April 20, 2020

(AmericanProsperity.com) – Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ripped President Trump by giving him an “F” for his COVID-19 efforts and accused the president of killing innocent Americans for his response to the pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he hopes the House will pass a bill soon that refills the coffers of the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses. Residents of Michigan are suing Gov. Sue Whitmer in federal court over a draconian stay-at-home order she implemented in Michigan.

Pelosi Rips Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the rounds on Sunday morning talk shows with harsh partisan words for President Trump. On Fox News Sunday, she gave the president an “F” for what she termed “weak” leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, host Chris Wallace asked Pelosi to defend her actions for not taking the pandemic seriously. On Feb. 24, Pelosi walked the streets of Chinatown as she called to overturn Trump’s travel ban from China. Pelosi’s response to the question was to accuse the president of discriminating against Asians and creating a stigma around them.

On ABC’s “This Week,” she took her accusations a step further, claiming Trump killed Americans because he was in denial of COVID-19. However, she’s ignoring how the president has really handled the situation. Last week, Trump rolled out a video showing the media saying the virus was not a threat, and the actions the president took to protect American’s were decisive.

$470 Billion Deal to Help Small Businesses, Hospitals, and Expand Testing

Last week, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), funded to help small businesses, ran out of money due to its popularity. Trump and congressional Republicans have been trying to persuade Democrats to pass more funding. However, Dems have held up the bill to secure funds for other programs that have nothing to do with the needs of small businesses.

In an attempt to compromise, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday they were close to passing a bill that would fund another $310 billion for the PPP. If agreed to, it would also add $60 billion to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, $75 billion for hospitals, and $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing.

Mnuchin said he hopes the Senate will vote on Monday and pass the bill in the House on Tuesday.

Michigan Governor Sued by Residents Over Stay-at-Home Order

Last week, four Michigan residents filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in federal court. They accused the governor of going “too far” in restricting businesses and citizens from continuing their daily lives. The complaint alleges that Whitmer’s order violates their rights “to associate with friends and family and utilize their private property.”

Attorney’s representing a landscaping business said the business owner fears “draconian encroachments on their freedoms” will become the “new norm.”

Last week, Whitmer banned people from leaving their homes in all cases. That even includes walking across the street and chatting with neighbors while practicing social distancing measures. The lawsuit was filed as protests began in Michigan over the stay-at-home order and desire to return people back to work.

The lawsuit could have broad national implications beyond even COVID-19 related issues.

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