Congress Agrees on Covid Relief Bill, Omnibus Spending

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his food writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Philip H says:

    They have one Constitutionally mandates job, which they are abysmal at (appropriating). We keep sending them back despite their continued failures.

    No wonder they don’t alter course.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    The bill includes officially telling China that we agree with the Dalai Lama and how if he says that the responsibility rests with the Gaden Phodrang Trust then we agree that that’s where it rests.

    Which, you know, kinda strikes me as taking a position on theology.Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    +5 Insightful


    • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

      And people complained about the PPACA at 906 pages. What’s the over/under on the number of drafting errors?Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Assuming 1 per page, that’s… 5593?Report

      • Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

        Additional information on the whole error mitigation thing:


        • Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

          Also, there’s the question of when the 10-day veto clock starts. Presumably that’s when the final text hits the White House. If so, and it doesn’t get there today, it looks to me like a pocket veto is possible. New Congress has to convene on Jan 3, and if the veto clock is still ticking, the bill dies with the old Congress.Report

          • Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

            Yeah, I did some light googling as to when the veto clock starts and couldn’t find a good answer.

            Here’s this:

            pocket veto – The Constitution grants the president 10 days to review a measure passed by the Congress. If the president has not signed the bill after 10 days, it becomes law without his signature. However, if Congress adjourns during the 10-day period, the bill does not become law.

            I’m guessing that Congress won’t adjourn over the next couple of weeks but will, instead, probably offer a handful of sticks/carrots to the freshmen from the class of 2018 to stick around and keep Congress “officially” in session. (A good trick! Used to excellent effect against Obama for recess appointments.)

            Other stuff I saw talked about the show Big Brother.Report

  4. Saul Degraw says:

    There is also 15 billion dollars for music venues.Report

  5. Damon says:

    This is the gov’t that you want… keep voting in these asshats.Report

  6. Jaybird says:

    Welp, looks like it got vetoed.

    Which is good? I think?

    A lame duck can kick from time to time.Report

  7. Brandon Berg says:

    Revives supplemental federal pandemic unemployment benefits but at $300 per week — through March 14 — instead of the $600 per week benefit that expired in July.

    Hasn’t it been at $300 (with an optional state-funded $100) since July? My understanding is that it never fully expired, but was simply cut down to a level where it wouldn’t be unambiguously preferable to working for half the labor force.Report