President Trump is threatening to force Congress to adjourn so he can make appointments. Yes, he’s got the power constitutionally, but it’s never been used in history. During a White House briefing, Trump urged the Senate to stop gaveling-in pro-forma sessions when lawmakers aren't in town.
Should he pull the trigger, that would allow him to make recess appointments without those officials being approved by the Senate. Trump called pro forma sessions a “scam” and a “dereliction of duty.“ Thing is? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly pushing back on Trump’s idea.
Meanwhile, the Senate could take action to add money to the popular Paycheck Protection Program – which has saved a number of small businesses – as early as today. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are nearing a deal to add 250-billion to the program, which is expected to run dry today.
ONE MORE THING! House Democrats have a new proposal – that Americans will receive two-thousand dollars per month for as long as this financial crunch lasts. The Emergency Money for the People Act would give $2,000 a month to Americans over the age of 16 who make less than $130,000 a year. In theory, payments would would last until unemployment level fall to pre-coronavirus numbers.
Source: White House