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Pelosi Blames McConnell For Stimulus Delay, Gives Trump An ‘F’ For Preparedness

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for delaying the passage of additional stimulus funding amid the coronavirus pandemic and gave President Donald Trump an “F” for his handling of the crisis, during an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

“Mitch McConnell likes to say we delayed the bill, no, he delayed the bill. Two weeks ago, he came to the floor and said this is all we’re doing just the 250. Democrats were reunited in the House and Senate,” Pelosi said. “The Senate Democrats went to the floor and said no, no to that, we have a better idea about hospitals and testing and more funds for all of the businesses, the lower shall we say unbankable small businesses.”

She continued, “So we were very pleased that he finally came around to the fact that we had to go forward with this. So he was the one wasting time. I say that because I keep hearing him say we delayed, no, he delayed. But here we are and we’re ready to go on to the next bill and help our heroes.”

Senate Republicans and Democrats passed a bill to provide an additional $500 billion to the CARES Act. The bill allocates over $322 billion for the Payment Protection Program that ran out of funding last week. It also gives $60 billion to small businesses, $75 billion to hospitals, and $25 billion to ramping up coronavirus testing.

Pelosi added, “There’s a boy scout saying ‘proper preparedness prevents poor performance.’ Well, that was exactly why the President gets an ‘F.’ He was not properly prepared, not with the truth, with the facts, or the admission of what was happening in our country. Delay, whatever, delay, denial, death, instead we’d like to see him insist on the truth and we must insist on the truth with him.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded the bipartisan agreement on the Senate floor Tuesday, however, he said, “It’s unfortunate that it took our Democratic colleagues 12 days to agree to a deal that contains essentially nothing that Republicans every opposed.”

McConnell added, “In my view, it’s indefensible that Main Street small businesses and their workers had their assistance cut off for partisan leverage. That was the word of choice for one leading House Democrat “leverage.” The American people cannot be political “leverage.” So I am glad we’re now poised to move ahead.”

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Illegal migrants refuse to leave Denver encampments, make demands of city including ‘fresh, culturally appropriate’ food and free lawyers

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A group of illegal immigrants in Denver is not only refusing to leave encampments, but also have the audacity to take no actions until the city meets its demands. The migrants were organized enough to publish a document with 13 specific demands before they “acquiesce to Denver Human Services’ request to leave the encampments and move to more permanent shelters funded by the city” reports Fox News.

Demands were made following the Denver government obtaining a petition to have the migrants moved, according to the outlet. The Denver mayor has been under pressure from the city’s ongoing migrant crisis, making headlines and receiving stiff backlash earlier this year for proposing budget cuts to the city’s government, including cuts to the city’s police force, to fund more money for dealing with the city’s migrant crisis.

The list of demands was sent to Mayor Mike Johnston and included requests for provisions of “fresh, culturally appropriate” food, no time limits on showers and free immigration lawyers, the outlet reported. Further details of the demands read, “Migrants will cook their own food with fresh, culturally appropriate ingredients provided by the City instead of premade meals – rice, chicken, flour, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc… Shower access will be available without time limits & can be accessed whenever… Medical professional visits will happen regularly & referrals/connections for specialty care will be made as needed.”

The migrants also insisted they get “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify,” as well as “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer.” The migrants insisted that if these are not met, they will not leave their tent community.

“At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver,” Jon Ewing, a spokesman for Denver Human Services, told Fox 31.

The current encampment is situated “near train tracks and under a bridge,” Fox 31 noted, adding that it has been there for the last couple of weeks.

Ewing told Fox 31 the city just wants “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” noting its offer will give migrants “three square meals a day” and the freedom to cook.

He also said the government is willing to work with people to compromise and help them figure out what kind of assistance they qualify for.

Ultimately, Ewing said, the city wants to work with migrants to determine, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?”

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