UPDATE: ‘Per CNN: President Donald Trump has signed the massive $2.3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law Sunday night, according to multiple sources, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin on Tuesday, and extending billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to millions.’
A sigh, followed by a whimper…
Chilly with scattered clouds allowing shivers of sunshine this late-afternoon Sunday here in California’s Central Valley — upcoming end of the Christmas break and awaiting a hardscrabble nightmare apparently coming up this week even beyond the physical, direct horror of COVID-19 itself.
And it’s way-shitty!
Our federal operation-system could possible shutdown tomorrow at midnight as the T-Rump hasn’t yet signed the COVID relief measure, which onto is attached an omnibus spending bill supposedly to fund the government. We’ve got two horrible consequences of T-Rump’s cold-heart antics to happen in hours — a way-chunk of Americans suffering indirectly due to the pandemic will not be helped with rent or unemployment benefits, a crater effect for millions and millions of people. And on top of that, no actual functioning government, a shitload of federal employees without income, no services, aid or whatever..
A scenario so out of whack: Trump plays golf, tweets dumb-ass phony election shit, and not much more. His own workers/aides have no idea what the orange turd will do next:
Bipartisan, bicameral ‘908 coalition led Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Collins (R-ME) on the omnibus-spending/COVID-19 relief bill, ahead of tomorrow's midnight gov't shutdown deadline: “Mr. President, we are asking you to please sign the emergency relief bill."
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) December 27, 2020
Caplan is a CSPAN Capitol Hill producer. There appears urgency in his tweet. Mainly, because there is — if T-Rump keeps his nasty sadistic way, just letting time ride out, then shutdown.
I think he’s enjoying the situation, enjoying the cruelty — via The Washington Post this afternoon:
As President Trump rapidly approached a Monday deadline to avert a government shutdown, aides and lawmakers appeared flummoxed about his strategy, left to interpret musings from his Twitter feed while he golfed and otherwise remained out of public view.
Starting Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be sent home without pay. And even the many federal employees who continue to work because they are deemed “essential,” such as members of the military, will not be paid until a new funding bill is authorized.
In addition to a government shutdown on Tuesday, eviction protections for millions of Americans would lapse later this week; more than 14 million people are losing unemployment benefits; and no stimulus checks would be issued.
Failing to sign the bill into law would also freeze new money for vaccine distribution, small business aid, the ailing airline industry, and school aid, among other things.
“I understand he wants to be remembered for advocating for big checks, but the danger is he’ll be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Fox News on Sunday.
“So I think the best thing to do, as I [said], sign this and then make the case for subsequent legislation.”
The White House has provided virtually no information about what its plans are to head off the potential economic calamity of a shutdown and the failure of the relief effort.
A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked about the president’s intentions.
Negotiations between congressional leaders and the administration appear to be at a complete standstill, and a backup plan had not yet materialized as of Sunday afternoon.
T-Rump is acting the king of assholes:
One person who interacted with Trump in Palm Beach in recent days said the president had not discussed the economic relief bill or the looming government funding deadline. Instead, Trump has been far more focused on his failed effort to reverse the election result, lashing out at Republicans in Congress and members of his own administration for not joining him in the fight.
People close to the White House described a chaotic scene in which senior officials anxiously await the president’s next move.
Republicans have expressed increasing concern that the president’s move to blow up a carefully negotiated stimulus deal could hurt the party’s prospects in the George Senate races on Jan. 5.
If Republicans lose those two seats, Democrats would control the chamber.
“Everybody in the White House is trying to figure out what’s in Trump’s head, if this is a bluff or if he’s going to carry this out. He’s been confronted with all the facts and evidence,” said one person briefed by several White House officials over the weekend, speaking on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal discussions.
“Nobody knows what Trump is going to do. It’s a bizarre situation.”
Acting the self-centered turd, T-Rump ‘teased‘ this afternoon:
Good news on Covid Relief Bill. Information to follow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020
No specifics or details, nothing — now nearly four hours later.
Update from The Post just a bit ago:
President Trump has indicated that he will sign the stimulus bill into law before Monday night’s deadline and avert a government shutdown, three people familiar with his plans said Sunday evening, a move that would release $900 billion in stimulus funds as soon as possible.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter remained fluid and they weren’t authorized to disclose Trump’s plans.
They said Trump had repeatedly changed his mind on the matter.
Only time will tell…