Pelosi says the house will not leave for the November election without responding to some other incentive measure.
California spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that parliament would not leave for the November election without responding to an additional round of stimulus to prop up the coronavirus-ravaged economy, responding to growing concerns among ordinary lawmakers about the prospect to return home to face the electorate without doing so.
"We have to stay here until we have a bill," Ms. Pelosi said privately to lawmakers on Tuesday morning in a conference call. Two people who were familiar with the remarks disclosed them on condition of anonymity.
Shortly thereafter, Ms. Pelosi reiterated the promise in an interview on CNBC, saying, "We are determined to stay here until we have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people."
Their vow came just before a bipartisan group of 50 centrist lawmakers was about to propose a $ 1.5 trillion stimulus plan that made a final effort to revive deadlocked talks between top Democrats and the White House.
Members of the group – which calls itself the House Problem Solvers Caucus – privately admit that their framework has little chance of becoming law. The decision to offer it publicly, however, reflected the frustration of some lawmakers on both parties that their leaders had not agreed to another round of pandemic aid and reluctance to face voters weeks before election day without cementing that aid.
The proposal includes measures that are backed by both parties, like the revival of the popular small business paycheck protection program and direct checks of $ 1,200 or more for American taxpayers, as well as more controversial measures like new legal rights and protections for workers and their employers.
But the bulk of the proposed spending would be somewhere in the middle of what Republicans and Democrats have advocated. The measure would reset the expired state unemployment benefit back to $ 450 per week for eight weeks and then replace up to $ 600 per week in lost wages for an additional five weeks. That's more than Republicans wanted, but less than the flat-rate $ 600 a week perk that expired in late July and that Democrats insisted on, needs to be fully extended. And the proposal would send $ 500 billion to troubled state and local governments, less than the nearly $ 1 trillion Democrats included in their $ 3.4 trillion stimulus plan, which was passed in May, but about twice as much as the White House has signaled it could support.
In unveiling the plan, the group tried to send a signal to Ms. Pelosi and the leading White House negotiators – Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, and Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary – that there are enough similarities in talks that have been dormant for weeks.
On Monday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released the fourth of its annual goalkeeper reports, which track the world's slow but steady progress toward more than a dozen health-related goals set by the United Nations in 2015.
This year's report, which Mr. Gates discussed in an interview with the New York Times, was relentlessly grim. It is said that not since 1870 have so many countries been in recession at the same time.
Between 1990 and 2020, the proportion of the world's population living in extreme poverty who now live on less than US $ 2 a day shrank from 37 percent to less than 7 percent. In the past few months, the report estimates that 37 million people have fallen below the limit again.
One of the worst conclusions in the report is that almost twice as many deaths could be prevented if Covid-19 vaccines were distributed to all countries based on their population rather than the 50 richest countries first.
The assessment comes from the fact that the United States, which has been harder hit by the virus than any other country, appears to be pulling out of the global health phase and focusing primarily on saving itself.
Still, Mr. Gates is optimistic.
"It's my disposition," he said. "Also, I have to call these people and tell them that this really makes sense – and I absolutely believe it makes sense."
By “these people,” he was referring to leading figures in the White House and Congress whom he personally advocated: “To approve $ 4 billion so poor countries can get Covid-19 vaccines. To that end, funds were included in the $ 1 trillion Senate Republican proposal tabled in July, but the package did not move forward due to divisions within the Republican conference and Democratic objections.
As in Silicon Valley in the fight against competitors and antitrust authorities, Mr. Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, can calculate his chances of success with a ruthless logic. This has rarely been as true as it is today, as a one-off pandemic ravages the impoverished countries where he concentrates his giving.
The damage was caused less by the virus – so far it has killed a much smaller percentage of the population in Asia and Africa than in America and Western Europe – than by the economic impact wrought in countries where people and governments were far greater, "I have no reserves." that I can fall back on, "said Gates.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Monday that several restrictions ordered by Governor Tom Wolf to fight the pandemic were unconstitutional. The decision struck down home stays and closures of “non-life support” businesses, policies enacted in March and suspended since then.
The judge also stated that a current order to limit the size of gatherings – no more than 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors – violated "the right of assembly enshrined in the first amendment."
A spokeswoman for Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, said the government wanted to suspend the decision and appeal. William Shaw Stickman IV, the judge who ruled the case, was nominated to the bench by President Trump in 2019.
Mr. Trump celebrated the decision at an event in Arizona, calling it a "great decision".
As in other states, many Republican politicians in Pennsylvania have spoken out strongly against their state's strategy to contain the pandemic, and some have called for the governor to be ousted. In July, the Supreme Court dismissed a Republican lawmaker's lawsuit seeking to end Mr. Wolf's emergency agency.
Some of the governor's vocal opponents, including Republican Mike Kelly, whose district is in western Pennsylvania, were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was ruled Monday.
"The court believes the defendants took their steps to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus," wrote Judge Stickman. “However, good intentions in the direction of laudable goals alone are not enough to maintain government action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional freedoms can arise when the goals are commendable and the intent is good – especially in an emergency. "
In a statement, the governor's spokeswoman said that "the actions taken by the administration have been mirrored by governors across the country, saving and continuing to save lives without federal action."
The high schools and universities in Pakistan opened Tuesday after closing for nearly six months. Most schools offered online courses.
The students were divided into two groups, who attend classes on alternate days. Officials said they would monitor the situation for a week and if things were kept under control, classes for young children would begin in the coming weeks.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, the Prime Minister's Special Assistant for Health, said school authorities would try to ensure social distancing is maintained throughout class.
"The most important role will be that of a mask," Sultan said, stressing that parents should make sure that their children wear masks in schools.
Selected schools are undergoing tests to check for possible spread of the virus. If security protocols are violated, local officials have the power to shut down or punish a school. The academic year is likely to be extended, officials said.
Pakistan has documented at least 300,000 cases of the virus and nearly 6,400 deaths, according to a New York Times database.
In other developments around the world:
People in Sweden Reuters reports that they will be able to visit their loved ones again in nursing homes starting next month after a 6-month ban. Last week, Sweden announced it had run a record number of new tests at a positive rate of 1.2 percent, the lowest since the pandemic began, the agency reported. From the start of the pandemic, Sweden was an outlier among its European neighbors and did not demand widespread lockdown. The Swedish Health Authority has admitted that the country's seniors have been hit by the virus that has spread to most nursing homes in Stockholm.
The Australian State of Victoria, the center of the country's outbreak, reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in more than two months on Tuesday. The state's capital, Melbourne, remains on lockdown, but restrictions in the rest of the state have been eased as cases continue to drop.
Hong Kong No new cases of community transmission were reported on Tuesday for the first time since a third wave of infections began in early July. Bars, nightclubs, karaoke salons, theme parks and swimming pools are allowed to reopen from Friday. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's executive director, also praised a two-week mass testing program that ended on Monday but attracted fewer participants than the government had hoped. Almost 1.8 million people, or about a quarter of the population, signed up for the tests, which revealed 32 cases, or about two for every 100,000 people tested.
in the EnglandNew lockdown measures went into effect on Tuesday in parts of the West Midlands that include Birmingham, the country's second largest city. Under the restrictions, people are prohibited from meeting other people who do not belong to their household, either indoors or outdoors. The move comes after the UK government cut the gathering limit from 30 to six.
A senior Chinese health official said a coronavirus vaccine could be available to the public in the United States China The state news media reported on Tuesday in November. Dr. Wu Guizhen, the chief biosafety expert at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the state broadcaster CCTV that “ordinary people” in China could get the vaccine in November or December. However, the state has not shared any data from late-stage studies that would show whether the vaccine is safe and effective.
At least 17 members of India Parliament has tested positive for the virus, Reuters reported. Legislators were screened for the virus ahead of the opening of parliament on Monday. There are nearly 5 million confirmed cases in India and at least 80,000 people have died, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Thailand The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to allow international tourists to stay in the country for up to nine months on a special visa to boost the economy. As early as October, hundreds of visitors per month who agree to a 14-day quarantine will receive a 90-day visa, which can be extended twice.
The United Nations is close to 75th birthday, but the celebrations are muted. World leaders cannot meet in person – the pandemic has reduced the General Assembly to virtual meetings starting this week – but the organization also faces profound questions about its own effectiveness and even relevance.
Struggling hotel owners, some with Trump connections, are seeking a federal bailout.
Many hotel managers, including some who are friends with Mr. Trump, find themselves in a precarious financial position.
Thomas J. Barrack Jr., the billionaire investor and main donor of Mr. Trump, encountered an unexpected stain of red ink thanks to the pandemic: he struggled to step up to payments for $ 1.97 billion in Wall Street debt hold that he used to buy Buy a collection from more than 160 hotels.
Another major Mr. Trump's donor, Monty Bennett, recently suspended payments on the $ 2.6 billion Wall Street debt that was used to purchase his own hotel collection.
"Immediate currency default" is the term a Wall Street research firm used this summer to describe more than $ 300 million in debt for a luxury Austin hotel controlled by Doug Manchester, which Mr. Trump is after Manchester has nominated Mr as Ambassador to the Bahamas and his wife donated more than $ 3 million to Mr Trump's political causes.
The situation has sparked an intense lobbying campaign aimed at convincing the Trump administration, the Federal Reserve, and Congress to save hundreds of hotel industry players.
Industry executives and their lobbyists say a federal bailout will save thousands of jobs and help the local economy, and hope their argument will resonate with a president who is a hotelier himself. They claim Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has authority to extend existing coronavirus relief efforts to the commercial real estate sector, which has so far been cut off from most of the stimulus money.
However, Congress prevented Mr. Mnuchin from tapping the main pot of $ 454 billion in coronavirus aid himself, and the Treasury Department has doubts about the economic case for propping up a relatively small portion of the market, most of which is wealthy Investors would benefit from knowingly placing high risk bets.
An industry lobbyist involved in the negotiations said department officials remain concerned that some of the borrowers – including hotels, shopping malls and other commercial properties – may be "zombies" that will not survive and that tax dollars have been sent to help them would be lost.
Hundreds of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims trying to enter Ukraine despite virus travel restrictions from Belarus were stopped by border guards on Tuesday as Ukraine mobilized additional security forces to strengthen its armed forces.
Ukraine closed its borders last month as cases increased in the country, in part to halt the annual pilgrimage to Uman, the tomb of Rabbi Nachman von Breslow, founder of the Hasidic movement. The pilgrimage coincides with the Jewish New Year, which begins on Friday. Israeli health officials have backed Ukraine's decision in the face of the pandemic.
According to the Ukrainian border protection service, the pilgrims reached a border crossing to Belarus on Monday afternoon. The Belarusian authorities let the group pass and gathered on a street in the buffer area between the two border stations.
Hundreds of men and boys danced and sang songs during the night. Her luggage was piled in fields on either side of the road. The men tried to convince the border guards to let them through to celebrate the New Year, the main religious holiday for Hasidim. Little boys, looking bored and sleepy, stood by and watched.
Some of the pilgrims had traveled to the Novi Yarylovychi border crossing believing it was open, which it was not, Israel Public Broadcasting tweeted. The Ukrainian authorities said the foreigners had been warned about the border closure.
According to a statement by the head of the Ukrainian State Border Service, Serhiy Deyneko, three charter flights brought around 600 pilgrims to Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Belarusian media reported that around 1,500 pilgrims were at the border on Tuesday.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said the border closure will be enforced until it expires on September 28. The country reported nearly 20,000 new virus cases in the past week, bringing the total to more than 160,000, according to a Times database.
The UK unemployment rate is starting to reflect the impact of the pandemic.
The UK's unemployment rate, which remained constant during the early months of the pandemic thanks to the government's vacation program that keeps people in their jobs, has increased.
The rate rose from May to July to 4.1 percent, the Office for National Statistics announced on Tuesday, from around 3.9 percent. For months, the unemployment rate has been kept low by the vacation program and self-employed grants, which "protected the labor market from the worst effects of the pandemic," the statistics agency said.
The number of unemployed was also low as many of the people who lost their jobs in the spring were more likely to choose not to look for new work while the economy was at a standstill and were therefore classified as economically inactive.
When the UK economy emerged from the blockade in June and July, some of these people re-entered the labor market. Although some have found work, others have not found any, which is helping to increase the unemployment rate.
Overall, the agency's data showed a job market amid the ongoing pressures of the pandemic.
Despite government support programs, there were 695,000 fewer employees in August than in March, a decrease of 2.4 percent.
Young people under the age of 25 were particularly hard hit and continued to experience lower levels of employment as older age groups gradually recover.
Layoffs are increasing. There were 48,000 more layoffs from May to July than in the previous three months, the biggest three-month jump since 2009. There are concerns that this will only be the beginning of a wave of layoffs when the vacation program ends in October. The Institute for Employment Studies estimates there will be 650,000 layoffs in the second half of this year.
The persistently low unemployment rate in the UK contrasted with the US, where the rate rose over 14 percent in April as people were laid off during the height of state lockdowns and sought state help through unemployment benefits.
The Bavarian authorities are currently investigating whether a young American woman living in Germany should be charged with negligence resulting in bodily harm after the woman interacted with and possibly infected 37 people with the coronavirus, despite being quarantined.
Authorities believe that although the 26-year-old woman felt sick enough to take a coronavirus test after a trip to Greece, she didn't wait for the test results in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a picturesque town at the foot of the Alps, go barhopping. By the time she got her positive test results, she had come into contact with dozens of people.
Since the new infections in the community exceeded 50 infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week, the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen had to order bars and restaurants to close early and limit large gatherings. Results of mass tests in the community are expected on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old woman works at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, a hotel for service personnel from the US Army and their families, where 24 people were infected. The lodge is closed until September 28th.
The German health authorities registered 1,407 new cases nationwide on Monday, according to the federal agency tasked with tracking the pandemic. Germany has reported 261,762 cases and 9,362 deaths, according to a New York Times database.
Gibraltar has become Europe's hotspot for pandemic weddings.
At a time when countries around the world are restricting wedding ceremonies, Gibraltar, tiny British territory nestled under a towering rock in the Iberian Peninsula, has welcomed couples of all nationalities, including Americans, who are determined to hold their wedding in spite of the Obstacles carry out due to the pandemic.
"It was very different from the dream," said Je & # 39; nell Griffin, who had flown to Gibraltar from Los Angeles and had never heard of Gibraltar until it topped a Google search for "the easiest place to get married." in Europe "appeared. ”" But in the end the reality of being married to myself outweighed any vision by far. "
Many of the marriages celebrated in Gibraltar, such as Ms. Griffin's, involve an American citizen marrying a partner from another country, as the Trump administration has set numerous hurdles for immigration and travel.
"We were just tired of being constantly disappointed with all the immigration restrictions that were working against us," said Ms. Griffin, referring to the sweeping travel ban that prevented her British fiancé from visiting the US. Now that they are married, he is exempt from the ban because he is a spouse.
Even before the pandemic, Gibraltar was a popular wedding destination because it required minimal bureaucratic effort. Couples must present their passports and birth certificates and stay in the area overnight either before or after their wedding.
Weddings in Gibraltar have a history: John Lennon married Yoko Ono there in 1969 after suffering a series of setbacks in other countries.
"We chose Gibraltar because it is calm, British and friendly," Lennon is quoted in the book "The History of British Rock and Roll".
Coverage was by Emily Cochrane, Nicholas Fandos, Rick Gladstone, Jennifer Jett, Eric Lipton, Salman Masood, Donald G. McNeil Jr., Claire Moses, Eshe Nelson, Campbell Robertson, Christopher F. Schütze, Michael D. Shear and Jeanna Smialek written, Maria Varenikova, Sui-Lee Wee, Ceylan Yeginsu and Elaine Yu.