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McConnell’s Refusal To Fully Fund Virus Relief Will Cost 4 Million Jobs

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's refusal to provide coronavirus relief to cities and states facing massive budget shortfalls due to the pandemic could deal a devastating blow to the economic recovery, leading to millions of job losses.

Moody's Analytics told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that if Congress does not agree to give more aid to cities and states, the economy would contract by three percent and more than four million jobs could be lost.

The coronavirus relief package Senate Republicans introduced last month did not initially include new aid for cities and states. But since releasing the initial coronavirus relief package, Trump administration negotiators have said they are willing to give $150 billion in aid to cities and states.

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Rep. Kinzinger Says Trump Wants Jobless Relief Because ‘He Has An Election’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) complained on Thursday that Donald Trump was motivated by an "election in November," and that is making it difficult for Republicans to be unified in negotiations over virus relief.

Speaking to the Guy Benson Show for a radio interview, Kinzinger said, because of Trump, Republicans may concede to Democrats and pass something because "the pressure's too great."

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Report: Republicans Privately Expressing Fear Of Electoral Doom

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In a worst-case scenario for Republicans — and a best-case scenario for Democrats — the GOP would not only lose the White House in November, but also, would lose the U.S. Senate and watch Democrats expand their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Journalists Olivia Beavers and Juliegrace Brufke, in an article for The Hill, discuss the possibility of a major blue wave in November and the fears that Republican activists are expressing behind closed doors.

Some Republicans are privately expressing what Beavers and Brufke describe as a "growing sense of doom." A GOP source, presumably interviewed on condition of anonymity, told The Hill, "If the election were today, we would lose the House, the Senate and the White House."

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FEC Chief Tells McConnell To Fund Election Now Or Court Disaster

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub called on Donald Trump and Congress to provide adequate funding for the 2020 election in a sharply worded public statement released on Thursday.

"Mr. President, Members of Congress, should you fail to provide the funds America needs for its elections, you will be derelict in your duty to your country," Weintraub wrote. A lack of federal funding "would be a devastating failure to protect our democracy in a moment of historic need."

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