A new CBS News/YouGov poll finds 75% of Americans approve of Congress passing President Biden’s pandemic relief plan, including large majorities of Democrats and independents, along with nearly half of Republicans. Biden’s approval rate on handling the pandemic is 67% to 33%.
“The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 712,000, the lowest total since early November, evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improving economy,” the AP reports.
A new Gallup poll finds 79% of parents of K-12 students in the U.S. favor in-person learning in their communities right now. “Many frustrated parents have been vocally pushing for a return to the classroom, citing concerns about the damage to their children’s academic progress, psychological health and social development.”
“January 6 was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.”
— Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, about the day he became Senate majority leader and just moments later was evacuated to a safe room during the Capitol riot.
“We’re about to have a boom. And if we do have a boom, it will have absolutely nothing to do with this $1.9 trillion.”
— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Washington Post.
“This is about the Democrats don’t believe that deficits matter anymore. They’ve got control, so they’re going to spend as much money as they can.”
— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), suddenly concerned about deficits in an interview with The Hill.
A new Urban Institute study finds President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief plan will reduce the projected poverty rate for 2021 by more than one-third, from 13.7% to 8.7%.
“The Republican decision to vote against Biden in unison, without building much of a case against his bill, seems like the worst of all possible worlds. They are setting themselves against a bill that enjoys sky-high levels of support from both economic experts and a large chunk of their own base. It’s possible this gambit somehow works out. But if anybody regrets their political choices in the early weeks of the administration, the odds are it won’t be Biden.”
If you guessed the former Grifter-In-Chief and Biggest Sore Loser of Them All — the 45th President of the United States of America — you’d be right.