Coronavirus live updates: House passes $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 34.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 207,789 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 822,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 776,000 cases and over 709,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least nine of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here is how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 02, 4:46 amHouse passes symbolic COVID-19 stimulus billThe House passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus relief bill late Thursday night, with a close 214-207 vote.In some last-minute drama, 18 Democrats voted no on the bill. Many who were against the bill are moderates who are very unhappy with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and leadership for staging what they call a “show” vote on a bill that will never become law.The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure.The House bill is largely symbolic and puts on the record what Democrats have been calling for for months: economic relief for those impacted by the pandemic.The bill would restore the $600 federal unemployment benefits that expired in July and would include another round of direct checks to Americans at $1,200 per taxpayer and $500 per dependent.It would also extend the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses, a benefit that expired in early August.A bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill is still possible. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still having discussions. Pelosi announced late Thursday that she and Mnuchin have exchanged paper and are still deep in negotiations.“We made a lot of progress over the last few days, we still don’t have an agreement, but we have more work to do. And we’re going to see where we end up,” Mnuchin told reporters Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.,narvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 34.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 207,789 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 822,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 776,000 cases and over 709,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least nine of which are in crucial phase three trials.Here is how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 02, 4:46 amHouse passes symbolic COVID-19 stimulus billThe House passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus relief bill late Thursday night, with a close 214-207 vote.In some last-minute drama, 18 Democrats voted no on the bill. Many who were against the bill are moderates who are very unhappy with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and leadership for staging what they call a “show” vote on a bill that will never become law.The Republican-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure.The House bill is largely symbolic and puts on the record what Democrats have been calling for for months: economic relief for those impacted by the pandemic.The bill would restore the $600 federal unemployment benefits that expired in July and would include another round of direct checks to Americans at $1,200 per taxpayer and $500 per dependent.It would also extend the Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses, a benefit that expired in early August.A bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill is still possible. Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still having discussions. Pelosi announced late Thursday that she and Mnuchin have exchanged paper and are still deep in negotiations.“We made a lot of progress over the last few days, we still don’t have an agreement, but we have more work to do. And we’re going to see where we end up,” Mnuchin told reporters Wednesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe, USA leave France having spoken, and won

first_imgTommie Smith and John Carlos, the two sprinters who raised their fists on the podium at the 1968 Olympics, were ostracized upon their returns to America despite winning first and then talking.Rapinoe knew all of that and yet, admirably, she still spoke up for what she believed in. She saw the president tell her to button up on Twitter and responded with three goals her next two games on the biggest stage.The 34-year-old did plenty of talking in France and had the final word in Lyon, finishing the job — as always — on her own terms. USA were held at bay for over an hour against a robust Dutch team. Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal was outstanding, brilliantly thwarting Julie Ertz, Sam Mewis and Alex Morgan — twice — in the first half.But when Stefanie van der Gragt’s studs caught Morgan’s side, USA were awarded a penalty following a VAR review. Rapinoe had the chance to alleviate the tension and put her country on course for that winning part U.S. President Donald Trump placed as a feeble prerequisite for holding an opinion.And so, in the 61st minute, Rapinoe stepped up and, with unnerving coolness, finally beat Van Veenendaal…..in our Country’s history, and the poverty index is also best number EVER), leagues and teams love coming to the White House. I am a big fan of the American Team, and Women’s Soccer, but Megan should WIN first before she TALKS! Finish the job! We haven’t yet….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019She ran over to the corner and delivered her signature “Are You Not Entertained?” pose. It will be the defining image of this World Cup, which, despite the Europeans’ emergence, remains in American hands after Rose Lavelle added a brilliant second eight minutes after Rapinoe’s penalty.It seems fitting that the United States ended up winning a tournament where the question, for once, has not been, “How do we get people interested in women’s football?” but, “How do we build on it?”USA are, after all, at the forefront of that push, with players such as Rapinoe driving the agenda on numerous issues, from LGBT rights to racial equality, while attracting audiences most other nations can only dream of.On Saturday, Rapinoe said, “so much of what we have to shoulder all of the time is heavy,” explaining that the football pitch gave USA players a chance to “be free,” which is something not all who protest are afforded.NOTHING GIVENEVERYTHING EARNED #OneNationOneTeam pic.twitter.com/fbXkGKmaI6— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 7, 2019Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who took his team to the Super Bowl but has been out of the league for three years having knelt during the national anthem, never got another chance to “win first before he talks.” The most powerful man in the world urged her to speak only after she had finished the job, but on Sunday Megan Rapinoe became a Women’s World Cup winner again having done it her way.Jill Ellis’ United States squad beat Netherlands 2-0 in the final to become the first American team to retain the trophy and, naturally, it was Rapinoe, the most prominent figure at the tournament, who was front and center.last_img read more

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