Saturday, January 23, 2021

No Deal: Mnuchin & Pelosi fail to agree on new stimulus deal after long meeting today

YURI GRIPAS / MCT U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin departs after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Capitol Hill.

Both sides said negotiations will continue, but as of right now, no stimulus deal has been agreed upon. Sunday night it was reported that the Democrat House leadership clipped $1.2T from their ‘Heroes Act’ that originally had a $3.4T tab. Senate Republicans and President Trump seemingly won’t go above $1.5T, maybe even less.

Mnuchin said after leaving today’s meeting: “We have more work to do and we’re going to see where we end up,” he said.

The Democrat majority House will still vote on their new $2.2T bill today. Pelosi stated: “We will be proceeding with our vote tonight on the updated Heroes Act in order to formalize our proffer to Republicans in the negotiations to address the health and economic catastrophe in our country.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated: “We are very, very far apart,” when asked by reporters about a path to a deal.

With the PPP program ending today, enhanced unemployment benefits that lapsed in July, airline loan money ending tomorrow as the industry is threatening to lay off tens of thousands of workers, both sides will continue to work on reaching a deal.

Time is of the essence however as Congress will be returning to their home states late Friday to gear up for November elections.

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What President Trump said today about trade relations with China and second trade deal with the country: “I don’t think about that. The relationship with China has been severely damaged.”

Trump’s made his comments to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to Florida for a fundraiser and a visit to a military base.


What happened: Payrolls rose by 4.8 million in June after an upwardly revised 2.7 million gain in the prior month, according to a Labor Department report Thursday. The unemployment rate fell for a second month, by 2.2 percentage points to 11.1%, still far above the pre-pandemic half-century low of 3.5%.

A separate report from the Labor Department showed initial applications for unemployment insurance in regular state programs fell by less than expected, to 1.43 million, in the week ended June 27. Continuing claims — or claims for ongoing unemployment benefits in state programs — rose slightly to 19.3 million in the week ended June 20.


What’s happening: French cosmetics company L’Oreal said Saturday that it will remove words like “whitening” from its skincare products, a move that comes amid global protests against perceived racism, sparked by the death of George Floyd in the United States.

In a brief statement, the company said: “We have decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products.”