How Democrats in Congress are spending $2 trillion on COVID relief
This week, the House is expected to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, and then President Biden will sign it into law. None are expected to support it, which would make this the only pandemic relief package to pass without bipartisan support. Major Garrett digs into the politics and process of passing the American Rescue Plan, and tries to answer the question, $2 trillion for what? — Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio On the bill being framed as a bailout versus a disaster relief bill: "Well, here, the pandemic is a natural disaster, just like a flood. "Well, here, the pandemic is a natural disaster, just like a flood.cbsnews.com
From city halls, the plea for COVID-19 aid is bipartisan
City agencies in Arlington, Texas, have been cut by up to 8%, with officials bracing for more later this year. AdA bipartisan group of mayors notes that aid should be the easy part. A Republican, Williams has joined Democratic Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, to lead the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ lobbying effort for local aid. State and local lobbies tried again in a second round of COVID-19 aid but were left out altogether. AdMayors attributed the rebuff to McConnell blocking state and local aid as leverage against Democrats who opposed Republicans’ provision to shield businesses' immunity from lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Biden team pitches US on big virus aid as Senate starts work
“The public is not getting caught up in process — what they want is results,” said Cedric Richmond, the White House director of public engagement. A White House aide said the goal is to provide an open and bipartisan debate. The Biden package comes after $4 trillion in rescue spending that cushioned the financial blow from the pandemic but did little to stop the disease. The White House can point to at least one Republican who considers Biden’s plan essential: Jeff Williams, the mayor of Arlington, Texas. Williams knows there could be a partisan backlash to supporting Biden’s plan.
"It doesn't have to be this way": Cities brace for more pain as lawmakers clash over COVID relief bill
"It's a national emergency and it requires a national response," Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, told CBS News. In Pittsburgh, the city saw nearly $100 million less in revenue out of a $600 million budget, Peduto said. For 2021, Peduto said the city made more cuts across every department and has frozen wages for all non-union employees. But officials will face a reckoning without federal relief by July 1, when they will be forced to cut 634 employees out of a workforce of 4,000. The framework included $160 billion for state, local and tribal governments, a priority for Democrats.cbsnews.com
Apple debuts discount watch, but no new iPhones ... yet
In this still image provided by Apple from the keynote video of a special event at Apple Park in Cupertino, Calif., Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams unveils Apple Watch Series 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The Apple Watch has never come close to rivaling the iPhone's popularity, but it does dominate the market for smartwatches. Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley estimates about 51 million Apple Watches will be sold this year, a 5% increase from last year. The new discount model, called the Apple Watch SE, will sell for $279 and be available beginning Friday. Apple watches have been selling for an average of $377, based on Walkley’s calculations.