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Stimulus package shows life

AN economic stimulus bill may yet pass Congress before year’s end (Shutterstock).

Prospects for a stimulus bill that Democrats and Republicans can agree on appeared to improve on Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader were discussing a deal that could pass Congress before year’s end. “That would be our hope because that is the vehicle leaving the station,” she said, reported The New York Times.  The parties had appeared to be far apart on how costly a stimulus package might be.

A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a $908 billion plan that would reinstate a $300 unemployment benefit a week for 18 weeks and include money for small businesses, education and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine. However, some progressive Democrats are skeptical, saying it offers too much to business and not enough for individuals.

President-elect Joe Biden urged the passage of a stimulus bill, saying, “Act and act now.” To go into effect soon, any stimulus funding would have to be enacted before Congress recesses for the holidays and the Dec. 11 funding deadline.

The News: Judge orders revival of DACA

  • A federal judge in New York ordered the Trump Administration to take new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program to shield from deportation children who were brought illegally into the country by their parents. His ruling invalidated a memo from the acting head of the Homeland Security Department suspending new DACA applications,
  • Sparked in part by revived hopes for a stimulus bill from Congress, all three major stock indexes showed gains on Friday. The Dow Jones Average rose by 248.74 points, the S&P 500 was up by 32.40 points and the Nasdaq jumped 87.05 points.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives voted 228 to 164 on Friday in favor of a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and to tax its sale. To become law, the bill must next pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president.

The Weather: Cool but then hotter

The forecast for the West Orange County area for this weekend is for cool temperatures and sunny skies. Saturday’s high should be around 69 with an overnight low of 44. Sunday will be a little warmer at 72 degrees (48 at night). The warming trend will continue on Monday with a daytime high of 77 and a high of 79 on Tuesday.

Sports: Sportsmanship takes a hit

A star high school football player in Texas has been arrested and charged with felony battery after he deliberately knocked down a game official during a game Thursday night.

Emmanuel Duron had been ejected from Edinburg High’s game against Pharr-San Juan Alamo for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. After his disqualification, he sprinted from the sidelines and rammed the official, knocking him to the turf.

Not only was Duron led away by police and jailed, but also Edinburg’s school district yanked the team from the state football playoffs.

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