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The Senate’s COVID-19 Relief Bill is a friend of a boyfriend

Unanimous corporatism in Congress. After a day of performative hassle and arguing over partisan details on the COVID-19 bill, U.S. senators passed the $ 2 trillion spending measure last night – 96 to 0 – largely unchanged.

The part that gets the most attention are the direct payments: $ 1,200 each for single Americans who made less than $ 75,000, married double-income couples who made less than $ 150,000, or single-income households less than $ 112,500 earned on annually adjusted gross income in 2019. Pro rata amounts go to individual filers earning up to $ 99,000 and couples earning up to $ 198,000. Families receive an additional $ 500 for each child aged 16 and under. (More details here.)

But the 880 page invoice is chock full of rescue missions also for publicly favored companies.

“Do you trust politicians to make investment decisions about your children’s future?” tweeted Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who was strongly critical of financial bailouts. Any American would hook up for more than $ 6,000 in debt for these “investments,” but it is the companies that will receive the rewards. Say no to corporate friend socialist bailouts. “

Libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) Also touches this theme. “Neither Congress nor the Treasury Secretary should choose winners and losers,” said Amash tweeted on Tuesday. “Business well-being is not only unjust, but also reflects government’s self-esteem. Only consumers, not politicians, can appropriately determine which companies deserve to succeed.”

If Democrats and Republicans are going to spend $ 2 trillion, “by far the best way to do it is to make a direct bank transfer that would otherwise keep the government out of the way,” he wrote yesterday. “That’s the most important thing to me.”

After the Senate vote last night, this is Amash’s pinned tweet:

The Libertarian Party calls on the House to solve the mess of the Senate:


FOLLOW UP

Coronavirus in prisons and prisons. Yesterday morning, the “Department of Correction of New York City reported that 75 people in the city’s prison system have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 37 of them are facility personnel,” writes ReasonScott Shackford. “This has been a dramatic increase since the weekend, when officials reported that 17 workers and 21 prisoners were infected.” But carceral systems across the country continue to drag their feet to recognize the tremendous risks to prisoners, personnel and communities at large.

Meanwhile, federal prisons are fighting prisoner petitions and judging temporary transfers home during the pandemic. ReasonC.J. Ciaramella tells the story:

A Maryland lawyer says the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) refuses to let any of his clients into the house earlier than planned, despite the judge’s order. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in Maryland today filed a motion in that case and a similar case against prisoners’ petitions to be transferred from mid-house to house arrest.

Last Friday, an American district judge ordered Erica Cook, a federal prisoner who currently resides in a midway house in Baltimore, is following one emergency movement for her immediate transfer. Cook would be released on April 22.

However, Cook’s lawyer, Brian Stekloff, says the BOP has not admitted to relocating Cook since the court order, and today the U.S. District Attorney at Law for the Maryland District has filed. movement ask the judge to reconsider the order.

The motion notes that “half-way residents usually live close together with many other people, as in nursing homes and prisons [and] eat, socialize, and participate in programming in common areas, as well as nursing homes and prisons. Likewise, workers and residents often come and go from mid-houses, potentially carrying diseases or viruses to which they are exposed. “

Immigration services also needlessly endanger people:


FREE SPIRITS

Top down does not work in the event of a pandemic. Officials should not overlook the fact that different states, regions, and communities in the United States have different needs when it comes to stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, such as J.D. Tuccille wrote here yesterday. Here’s more evidence to support the case that one-size-fits-all solutions won’t work – and, less fortunately, that internal travel controls may be on the way:


FAST HITS

  • The Trump campaign threatens TV stations to broadcast an ad critical of its outbreak statements:
  • The United States Department of Agriculture flipped one line that families had to pick up free school lunches to take all the children with them, a measure that unnecessarily put children at risk of COVID-19 infection and sent a mixed message on guidelines to stay at home.
  • The Libertarian Party’s appointment treaty is in doubt.
  • The World Health Organization’s external relations officer fears vaping and COVID-19:
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