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Fauci Says Sports May Not Resume In 2020, MLB Officials ‘Near Certain’ Season Will Be Played

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While Major League Baseball (MLB) is trying to figure out a way to have an abbreviated 2020 season, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says sports might not happen this year.

Dr. Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told The New York Times on Tuesday that sports may be sidelined until widespread testing is available.

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Dr. Fauci told the Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”

However, senior MLB officials told Fox Business on Wednesday that they are “near certain there will be Major League Baseball in 2020,” according to a tweet from reporter Charles Gasparino.

Dr. Fauci, who has made frequent media appearances since the task force was formed, said earlier this month that “there’s a way” for sports to resume if games are played without fans in the seats and teams are quarantined in hotels between games.

“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” said Dr. Fauci. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”

He added that “if we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago.”

According to a report published Tuesday by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, MLB believes that it would be able to start the season by early July. There have been rumors that the season could possibly be played at Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida.

Moreover, the National Basketball Association is reopening team practice facilities beginning Friday for players in states and cities that are loosening stay-at-home restrictions, NBA sources told ESPN over the weekend.

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Biden spends $1.65 trillion taxpayer dollars while vacationing in St. Croix

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While vacationing in the island of St. Croix for the holidays, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the massive $1.65 omnibus spending package.

The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.

“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”

For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”

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