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02:42 min | 3 d ago

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"81 at foggy bottom and Silver Spring At 1141 Monday is the day that the Biden administration had sent to lift the Trump era immigration policy known as title 42 It has blocked migrants from entering the U.S. due to the pandemic Meantime on the hill a growing number of Democrats say they're ready to take a vote in the Senate on a measure that would force the administration to keep that public health rule in place Joining us live now is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill Bob Republicans are holding up a vote on new COVID relief money until they get a vote on possibly keeping title 42 explain why this title 42 vote is a tough one for some Democrats in the Senate Well it's tough because it's controversial Centrists in the Senate do not support it and have urged The White House to backtrack But many on the left progressives like what the Biden administration has done So we're obviously we're waiting for this big ruling from a Trump appointed judge But even if the Trump point of judge reverses the Biden stance I don't see Republicans backing off on this and probably making the case if that happens to actually well let's make sure this is permanent and still seek a vote So the COVID funding is very much up in the air and very much stuck Senate Democrats are concerned about alienating their base but do they have some cover here because the Biden administration has not yet clearly indicated how it would handle an expected crush of migrants at the southern border Yeah I think a lot of Gigi depends on what happens this summer and what happens with this ruling but this is another situation where the Biden administration is stuck They're stuck between not having the votes in Congress to get what they want And their stuff because this is an intra party fight among Democrats And there are a lot of inter party fights among Democrats now and that's why things are looking pretty good if the Republicans in the fall Bob on this new COVID funding infections are spreading fast again in many parts of the country hospitalizations are up as well Some lawmakers on the hill say if the U.S. is falling behind other countries in ordering the next generation of vaccines which are expected this fall so how long will a vote on this COVID funding be delayed Well they're going to have to get a deal first Mark And they're nowhere close to a deal Republicans want to offset the funding They complain less and we've already spent trillions of dollars and a lot of that money hasn't been spent So they're just so far apart And of course election year politics are not helping the cause to get a bipartisan deal All right that's bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill It's ten 40 make that 1143 Coming.

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"The hill have gotten even messier The House select committee took the unusual step of issuing subpoenas to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republican lawmakers It's a significant escalation of efforts to obtain information from GOP lawmakers as part of its probe into the January 6th riot at the capitol Joining us live is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill bob We've heard a lot of terms like unprecedented around this What's been the reaction among lawmakers on the hill to this Well this is a significant step in the committee knew it was a significant step to be subpoenaing basically their house colleagues but at the same time Republicans are not going to the Republicans who were subpoenaed are not going to be cooperating And this showdown could end up in the courts and then it could drag on for a while And the expectation is that the house is going to flip this fall So as far as actually the subpoenas being served and Democrats and Republicans on the committee the two Republicans you know it's probably going to just drag out and then this committee won't exist next year and all likelihood Ultimately what options does the committee have and are they willing to take some of the legal steps at their disposal against fellow members on the hill Well the committee knew that this was going to be difficult but they decided this was the right thing to do And they are ready to fight legally And they just need to have some answers because they claim that the members of the committee hey listen these members allegedly talked to the president on January 6th and they want to know what was said And these members have been Jim Jordan in particular has been a little inconsistent about exactly what he said to Trump and how often he talked to him that day So that's what the committee wants to find out Looking past this issue bob what would the president be in the future for members of Congress subpoenaing each other left and right over issues they disagree on Yeah that's the big question We have a lot of precedents as far as some Republicans have been kicked off committees because they've been controversial Well if the house flips then Kevin McCarthy is going to kick off other Democrats off to me So that's another precedent that's been recent So that is a legal question but the committee decided listen we need to get answers They're going to have public hearings looks like next month where they're going to have some of their findings but as far as actually sitting down and talking to these members that may not happen Lastly bob said a Democrats this week as expected failed to pass legislation enshrining abortion rights into federal law Where do abortion rights supporters on the hill go next on this Well obviously very concerned that the leaked decision is not final and they're hoping that maybe justice Roberts can convince one of the justices conservative justices to flip but I'm not sure who that person is going to be So now it's a battle at the state level because if this is finalized then the states are going to be key as far as what they do to both protect abortion rights or not protect abortion rights depending on whether the state is red or blue Bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill Navy federal credit union how may I help you Hi my name's Kevin I'm active duty military so I'm trying to figure out my options while I'm stationed here Hey Kevin sure thing Navy federal is celebrating military appreciation month so you called the right place With our member exclusive deals tailored to the military community you can earn more with the savings rate that's more than three times the industry average Wow I guess you could say it's like a match made for Kevin Get it Yeah I guess you could say that Very good.

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01:56 min | 2 months ago

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"Beanies The more this morning we turn to editor in chief of the hill bob Cusack on what took the ally so long to agree on revoking Russia's trade status this week I have to complicate a thing and getting everybody on the same page is difficult whether that's allies or members of Congress getting on the same page as lawmakers have struggled to also agree on sanctions And certainly the Biden White House has seen a bit of a bump in the polls So I think most people have been satisfied with the way the president has dealt with Ukraine but some critics have said he's been a little bit too slow on certain stuff And been playing catch up But we shall see over the next couple of weeks that resolve of both Congress and The White House and the allies against the Russian innovation Yeah why do you think the president has been sort of letting Congress be more vocal about this And then just kind of following in their footsteps on a lot of these Ukraine related policies Well as you know Biden is a creature of the Senate former chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee So I think he wants to have members have a say to some degree I'm having some input But both members of Congress and the administration know that as far as who is actually driving foreign policy that's always going to be The White House in consultation with Congress Congress as we pass billions of new aid for Ukraine along with the omnibus spending package that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year That $1.5 trillion spending bill is loaded with some political prices for both parties So what happened to all the concerns about spending and the deficit Well they've been shelved There was certainly some talk of coronavirus relief and dipping into funds that have already been passed and that was too controversial So that was discarded from this bill Overall if you want to get bipartisanship in Washington the one thing you usually do is pick up and increase the price tag of the bill That usually will satisfy enough Democrats and enough Republicans to get behind A bill And remember.

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01:54 min | 2 months ago

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"The more this morning we turn to editor in chief of the hill bob Cusack on what took the ally so long to agree on revoking Russia's trade status this week It's a complicated thing and getting everybody on the same page is difficult whether that's allies or members of Congress getting on the same page as lawmakers have struggled to also agree on sanctions And certainly the Biden White House has seen a bit of a bump in the polls So I think most people have been satisfied with the way the president has dealt with Ukraine but some critics have said he's been a little bit too slow on certain stuff And been playing catch up But we shall see over the next couple of weeks that resolve of both Congress and The White House and the allies against the Russian innovation Yeah why do you think the president has been sort of letting Congress be more vocal about this And then kind of following in their footsteps on a lot of these Ukraine related policies Well as you know Biden is a creature of the Senate former chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee So I think he wants to have members have a say to some degree I'm having some input But both members of Congress and the administration know that as far as who is actually driving foreign policy that's always going to be The White House in consultation with Congress Congress this week passed billions of new aid for Ukraine along with the omnibus spending package that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year That $1.5 trillion spending bill is loaded with some political prices for both parties What happened to all the concerns about spending and the deficit Well they've been shelved There was certainly some talk of coronavirus relief and dipping into funds that have already been passed and that was too controversial So that was discarded from this bill Overall if you want to get bipartisanship in Washington the one thing you usually do is pick up and increase the price tag of the bill That usually will satisfy enough Democrats and enough Republicans to get behind A bill And remember the vote.

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02:23 min | 2 months ago

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"7 nations and revoking most favored nation trade status for Russia for its invasion of Ukraine Doing it in unison with other nations to make up half of the global economy will be another crushing blow to the Russian economy It's already suffering very badly from our sanctions Taking that step does require action from Congress and earlier we asked bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill about why it took the allies so long to agree on revoking Russia's trade status It's a complicated thing and getting everybody on the same page is difficult whether that's allies or members of Congress getting on the same page as lawmakers have struggled to also agree on sanctions And certainly the Biden White House has seen a bit of a bump in the polls So I think most people have been satisfied with the way the president has dealt with Ukraine but some critics have said he's been a little bit too slow on certain stuff And been playing catch up But we shall see over the next couple of weeks that resolve of both Congress and The White House and the allies against the Russian invasion Yeah why do you think the president has been sort of letting Congress be more vocal about this And then just kind of following in their footsteps on a lot of these Ukraine related policies Well as you know Biden is a creature of the Senate former chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee So I think he wants to have members have a say to some degree I'm having some input But both members of Congress and the administration know that as far as who is actually driving foreign policy that's always going to be The White House in consultation with Congress Congress this week passed billions of new aid for Ukraine along with the omnibus spending package that funds the government through the rest of the fiscal year That $1.5 trillion spending bill is loaded with some political prices for both parties What happened to all the concerns about spending and the deficit Well they've been shelved There was certainly some talk of coronavirus relief and dipping into funds that have already been passed and that was too controversial So that was discarded from this bill Overall if you want to get bipartisanship in Washington the one thing you usually do is pick up and increase the price tag of the bill That usually will satisfy enough Democrats and enough Republicans to get behind A bill And remember the vote was bipartisan Mitch McConnell voted for it but a number of Republicans 31 voted now That's bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill one 14.

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03:33 min | 3 months ago

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"Team four meteorologist Michelle Grossman Skies will continue to clear to mostly sunny skies and the winds will continue to blow It's going to be very windy this afternoon Temperatures falling into the 30s by this evening but the wind will make it feel colder than that Tonight clear and cold lows 24 to 30 and then Saturday we're looking at mostly sunny skies blustery once again very windy high sporty two to 40 wind chills in the 30s Sunday sunny plain cold with less wind highs low to mid 40s and then Monday looking really beautiful for president and say mostly sunny and mild with a light breeze Highest upper 50s to low 60s I'm storm team four meteorologist Michelle Grossman We are holding in 39° with partly sunny skies right now The winds have calmed just a bit The Gus earlier were as strong as 35 mph Winds right now out of the north at 6 mph It feels like it's about 35 temperatures will continue dropping will be down into the 20s tonight It's 1141 The Senate last night passed a short term spending bill extending government funding until March 11th It avoids a government shutdown and gives lawmakers three more weeks to strike a deal on a yearlong omnibus spending package Joining us live is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill bob we're kind of used to this kicking the can routine but how close might lawmakers be to reaching a deal on a real full year budget for the federal government Well they certainly have made some progress this year However obviously they weren't able to complete the deal and they had to punt again Congress very good at punting especially on spending bills So this gives them three more weeks to come up with a bill That would be a big omnibus bill that would fund the government really only until the end of September the fiscal year So will they get a deal in the heat of an election I think it's probable but it's not a slam dunk Oh mine Well what was delaying this latest short term spending deal where efforts by some Republicans who wanted to push back against COVID-19 mandates those efforts came up short last night but they're not unlike past efforts that threatened a government shutdown Has this entire process become hijacked by lawmakers looking for attention to a particular issue Absolutely That has been going on honestly for a long time but certainly the hijacking of the appropriations process whether it was Democrats on the Iraq War whether it's Republicans is trying to stop ObamaCare It certainly were vaccine amendments And honestly a couple of those amendments would have passed had all Republicans remained in town but a few left for the weekend So some of us said we should do this every two years because doing it every year is not working It's certainly a broken budget process without a doubt Meantime the Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to show unwavering support for an independent Ukraine and condemn Russian military aggression toward its neighbor That of course is not the same thing as sanctioning Russia so what happened there Well Congress is struggled to direct foreign policy and there was a lot of bipartisan effort going into this to get more of a meteor Bill certainly and they weren't able to do it because of various issues But at the same time it's The White House really that calls the shots on foreign policy And I think that there's a build up obviously at the border We've been watching that for weeks I think once the Olympics end this weekend I think some type of invasion seems to be likely All right bob we appreciate your time Let's bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill 1144.

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03:14 min | 3 months ago

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"The Biden administration has been trying to plan a pandemic exit strategy However several democratic governors have jumped ahead of The White House by dropping mask mandates this week and there's also a lot of vocal support for those actions now coming from democratic members of Congress Joining us live is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill bob it seems like this is quite the pivot for some Democrats What are they doing here Are they possibly reacting to polls in an election year Oh definitely There's definitely mass fatigue and overall COVID fatigue And that's why democratic governors are starting to lift mandates and but this is a quandary for the Biden administration who's always been focusing on the science and Anthony Fauci who said we're not there yet So people just need to hold on maybe for a few months But overall Democrats are getting nervous because the midterms are coming and these the country is just tired of COVID and mandates and hopefully we're coming out of it but you never know Does this put Democrats and the president in a bit of a tough situation they've long said they would follow the science but as you noted federal health officials are not in agreement yet with rolling back mask mandates How are Democrats handling this in terms of the messaging Well it's highly unusual because Democrats have been divided on so many issues over the past year But on COVID they've been pretty much on the same page now They are not So I think the best case scenario for Democrats is to try to get through this disunity and hopefully when the weather does get much warmer than COVID will be in the rearview mirror and an endemic instead of a pandemic Bob we've got the big issue of inflation out there President Biden now says he hopes it'll taper off but he's talking about it in terms of supply chain issues leading to this inflation He's not really talking about federal spending or monetary policy or anything like that Is that something he's going to have to acknowledge at some point This is another tough issue for The White House They said that Bill back better would improve inflation certainly Joe Manchin who basically killed that bill did not agree And whether it's the Federal Reserve chairman or the president of the United States they're both saying that inflation is going to fade So right now The White House is focused on supply chain issues and trying to pass legislation on various things including build back better And if inflation does not improve by the end of the year that's going to be another bad sign for Democrats and what could be extremely rough midterm elections Just yesterday the president offering more hope that parts of that build back better bill could still pass Senator Manchin and reaction to the latest inflation news says he's been ringing the alarm bell forever but no one's listening Is there any momentum to getting portions of this bill passed Not right now I don't think so I chatted with Joe Manchin this morning and overall he's got the same message is that he's worried about inflation and build back better is dead Now some Democrats say okay Manchin should just write down what he wants but those negotiations have kind of inexplicably been stalled and right now they're nowhere All right thank you bob That's bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill Sports on the way it's 1144 If your family depends on your income and something happened to.

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03:18 min | 3 months ago

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"Charles county in Maryland and southern prince Georges county It's 41° in chantilly 46 and Penn quarter and 46 in Colombia It is 1141 as Russia threatens Ukraine with tens of thousands of troops along its border Members of Congress are talking about how to best sanction Russia in order to deter aggression Joining us live to talk more about it is bob Cusack editor and chief of the hill Bob thanks as always for joining us What are members of Congress proposing right now And is it in line with The White House's thinking Yes for the most part The Senate foreign relations committee is leading the charge on Russia sanctioned legislation bob Menendez the chairman and Jim rish the ranking Republicans have been working for a while to come up with some type of bipartisan bill There are some obstacles One of them is how you deal with a pipeline going from energy pipeline going from Germany to Russia which does divide Democrats and Republicans But overall the Congress wants to show a united front even though Congress doesn't usually lead on foreign policy certainly The White House is working with Congress to come up with a package to at least frighten and scare Russia from invading Ukraine One big question here though seems to be in Congress move quickly enough to get this done to deter Russia Well yes that's always the question and usually the answer is no I don't think this is going to be imminent and obviously the threat of Russia invading is imminent because then you got to have the House and the Senate and the House is busy today with a China competitiveness Bill So it's going to be a while but it is a top priority Maybe they can get it done sometime This month because the pressure is on the clock is ticking Switching gears President Biden was in New York this week he pledged the federal government will step up its fight against gun violence by working more closely with police and communities Is this his Law & Order message ahead of the November midterms It's interesting that the Democrats have been shifting their message on crime and we saw it recently with a dear colleague letter from Nancy Pelosi noting that there's provisions in the stalled Bill back better bill that would crack down on community violence So I think Democrats see this as a weak spot right now as the crime numbers aren't good and Eric Adams and new mayor Democrat mayor of New York has made crime and battling crime a top priority So I think you're going to see some shifting certainly from the old democratic calls or the left calls from defund the police That really was not a winning slogan for Democrats All right thank you as always bob that is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill It's 1144 Do you have three X wives and your current trophy wife wants a life insurance policy three times the size of the policies you had to purchase for your previous mistakes If so you need to call big term provider 803 four 5 27 89 Big Lew is intimately familiar with your problems And if you're 50 or 60 years old and in reasonably good health.

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03:03 min | 4 months ago

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"Starting from scratch that is the word coming from West Virginia senator Joe Manchin about renewing negotiations about President Biden's climate and social spending proposals Earlier this week the president said he was open to breaking up provisions in the build back better bill to increase chances of passing in the Senate Joining us live now is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill Bob Manchin told reporters the process would start with a clean sheet of paper here and even his previous $1.8 trillion package was off the table So how do things get going again here Well they've got a lot of work to do Joe Biden this week the president said nearly two hour press conference basically he wants to get something done but they are going to have to start from scratch and that's what Joe Manchin is going to have to lay out what he wants to do and he's worried about the persistent problem of inflation So you know a tough time for the president and Democrats right now as they start the year Biden's numbers are low And this centerpiece of his agenda as well as voting rights just doesn't have the votes at the moment And for certain Democrats are not united on what should be included and what will be left out We've been hearing this for weeks and it's even more obvious now is senator Manchin ultimately driving this now Or is President Biden setting the agenda of what provisions will stay I think it's a senator Manchin who jokingly is called by some of his colleagues president Manchin They need his vote and at the same time Joe Manchin is okay with raising some taxes But senator sinema Democrat from Arizona is not So they've got to appease her as well And then if there are able to get a deal will it be good enough for progressives in the house That remains to be seen Members got to pass the House as well And it's a very slim majority over there as well What would this look like if the bill gets broken up Does that look like it happened and does it have a better chance of passing Potentially that is something that they're talking about speaker Pelosi saying we need another name It could be in small smaller chunks But clearly they have they really have to get something done They all agree that doing nothing is not an option but what are they going to do What is actually going to be in the bill that could get to Biden's desk That remains to be seen I'm wondering if Democrats throughout this long process have learned a bit of a lesson about building support for this proposal especially about their messaging and getting voters engaged do you think that has been a lesson learned that could help them here as they restart this process Yes they definitely have been lessons learned I think one of them is not to over promise that you want to over deliver and they over promised And they're talking about three and a half $1 trillion maybe even $6 trillion They didn't have the votes for that They don't have the majorities in the House and Senate to pass that kind of Bill And that's what I think they have to learn And the question is is it they learned it too late with the midterms coming up later this year All right thank you bob That is bob Cusack editor in chief of the hill.

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02:24 min | 1 year ago

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"Area medical centers. It's 11 41 We learned this morning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to send the article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, launching the start of the former president's trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection over the deadly capital riot, and there may be trouble ahead for President Biden as he pushes for a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. With us to talk about an hour's Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill, Bob, the Senate Minority leader, Mitch McConnell wants the trial to be pushed back to February. But it looks like it's gonna happen a lot sooner than that. What are you hearing on whether the Senate will actually vote to convict the border of the former president? Well, I think it's doubtful on Mitch McConnell, the now minority leader, has not said how he would vote. But a number of Republicans have said it's time to move on. I think they'll be a handful of Republicans who vote to convict. I don't think McConnell is gonna vote to convict on then so then if they're not going to get the votes Democrats, I think I made the decision, okay. Let's let's move this. There's talk of a three day four day trial, so it would be it would be quick and obviously it's got to start Constitution basically mandates that the Senate must act quickly. So once it's sent over, then it begins. Then there's President Biden's plan for a coronavirus relief package. It's going to cost something like $1.9 Trillion. We're hearing that leaders in the GOP in the Senate are not on board with that they think it's too expensive. What does that mean for the chances of it actually passing through Congress? Well, it's gonna be tough. Remember, the last one took about seven or eight months before it was signed into law by then, President Trump's so I Republicans were indicating there. They're not going to go for anything that expensive, so I think it's going to be a standoff. I think Democrats may vote a separately for the stimulus checks the 1400 checks that go to certain people within a threshold in confessional, But this is gonna be a negotiation. Now Democrats can pass a budget on put that into their budget. Then they would need 60 votes. They would just need 50. That's gonna take time. So this is not gonna be done quickly. That's the bottom line. Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill, Bob, Thanks for joining us, as you always do. On Friday mornings and coming up on w. T. O P, a Republican lawmaker in Virginia well, apparently apologize to her colleagues. Connected to the capital riot. It's 11 43.

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02:38 min | 1 year ago

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"D. C. Metro area medical centers 11 41, We have learned more now about the president elects 1.9. Trillion dollar coronavirus relief proposal. His American rescue plan aims to speed up covert vaccinations and bring more financial assistance to struggling Americans and joining us lad up now to talk more about it. Just Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the hill in a prime time address last night, Bob the president elect a stress the urgency here, with the pandemic and the economy worsening, and even with Democrats controlling Congress now it may be a pretty tall order to get this approved quickly. What's here? The action, Tonto. You know what kind of reaction are you hearing on the hill? Well, debits. It's an ambitious plan. You know, a $2 trillion, which is, you know, gonna attract opposition from Republicans. So it is going to be difficult. They can Push it through just on Democratic votes through a budget process. However, they got a first pass the budget first. So this is this is a plan that has money for vaccines and state aid. It raises the minimum wage, so there's a lot of things in there, And that means there's a lot of things to oppose from from the Republican one of you getting this through is not gonna be easy. Now I want to switch gears and ask you about some of the things we've learned in the past week after last week's riots, several members of Congress are now demanding an investigation into the tours that some lawmakers gave to the public The day before the riot at the Capitol. There's a suggestion that this type of access to the Capitol building As well as the information that some members of the public received perhaps helped the rioters the next day. What can you tell us about this? And how divisive could this probie to the new Congress? It could be very divisive Mark. I mean, Mickey Cheryl. Democrats from New Jersey and other Democrats are demanding an investigation. They say they saw Republican lawmakers giving these tours and no no Republican has said. That they were doing any kind of reconnaissance. Of course, the question is, is were these just tours or where were these kind of an inside job that the lawmakers knew about? I mean, I think we're gonna have AH lot of investigations both in Congress and the federal government. Looking into this, and I don't think we're gonna get answers for quite some time now, boy. Alright, Bob. Well, we hope you have a good weekend. Regardless, thanks So much for coming on with us. Thank you. Bob Cusack, editor in Chief of the Hill, It's 11 44. I'm Dr Andrew Russo. A cardiologists..

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02:27 min | 1 year ago

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"Coronavirus relief package and $1.4 trillion bill to fund the government until October of next year. Joining us live to talk more about it. Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the hill, Bob. It's pretty stunning that with the economy showing increasing signs of trouble, Congress is still trying to hammer out a deal on pandemic relief. What can you tell us about this bill now and what hurdles air still ahead? It really is stunning, and we've been talking about this since May. That's when the House passed its version s O. This is not going on a long time. Mitch McConnell is indicating he is optimistic that they're going to get a deal. Today was the deadline. They're not gonna beat the deadline. Not gonna pass a bill by the end of today, but it looks like into this weekend put, perhaps into early next week, but both Mitch McConnell and anti Pelosi book You know, don't really have a really good relationship with one another. They are. They're optimistic and they have said We're not leaving until we we get a deal. So I expect that we're going to pass a government funding bill, along with covert relief. We just have not seen The text yet And then the question is what will Congress do next month the next year on uncomfortable because Democrats are saying this is just the beginning. We're hearing many Democrats viewing this as something of a down payment. But many Republicans don't see it that way. Do you think that we're in for another huge fight after Joe Biden takes the oath of office? Yes, Joe Biden has indicated this is a top priority, and he will push Congress to pass more relief and that's gonna likely include state and local aid on perhaps liability protection for employers, which the top priority for Republicans, but Republicans have indicated. Yes, This is not a done deal. That doesn't mean they're going to agree to anything next to your so expect more fighting in in the new year couple seconds left, But I just wanted to get some reaction that you might be hearing from congressional leaders about this massive cyber security hack. Has been legislation introduced to make the government more transparent. They're also members Congress are getting briefed today on this, and the big question is what is the damage? What? What happened? What on? We're still learning details on that, But this is going to be a big story going in tow into the new year as well. Absolutely Thank you, Bob. Have a nice weekend. That's Bob Que sack editor in chief of the Hill. The holidays.

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02:17 min | 1 year ago

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"Calling Arizona for Joe Biden. That would give Biden a lead of 290 electoral votes to President Trump's to 17. But the Trump administration still won't recognize the election outcome. Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill joined us earlier to talk about why some Republican leaders are backing the president and why some are now breaking away. Congressional Republicans. Oh, the president because they have held on to the Senate, at least for now, pending the Georgia races in January and picked up seats in the House because of President Trump and how he got the vote out. You got AH lot of votes, and that helped them. But at the same time privately, Republicans know that the president lost and they are giving the president some space for these legal challenges, really not going anywhere. As well is kind of getting out of the denial phase. I think it'll last for for a bit, maybe even all the way up to Thanksgiving. But after that, then I think the dam will break. In addition to sharing intelligence, the outgoing and incoming administration's should be trying to make sure the vaccine rollout next year goes smoothly, too, right? That's right. I mean, very promising news this week on the vaccine, and the markets have reacted and you think it's in the interest of both the president as well as the president elect to work together and remember, in all likelihood, President Trump is at least going to say he's seriously considering a run in 2024. So there's incentive on both to help the country on Cove in 19. Bob. I feel we've been talking about this nearly every week since late May, early June. But let's jump in on what's happening with the cove ID the relief legislation we're hearing. Some Republican senators are expressing doubt Now that the lame duck Congress will be able to come to an agreement on getting some more money out to two individuals, families and businesses and local governments. What are you hearing about this any chance of getting this done this year? I think it's very slim and be before the election. It was Treasury secretary Mnuchin of Pelosi negotiate Now It's McConnell and Pelosi. They don't have a great relationship and remember both sides and say they want Democrats, the White House Republicans in Congress so they still can't agree on my grandfather. They can't agree on you. Number close. You won't go under $2 Trillion, and Republicans say that's too much again. That's Bob Cusack, editor in chief of.

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01:45 min | 1 year ago

"bob cusack" Discussed on WTOP

"Unanimously passed an extraordinary resolution yesterday. yesterday. It's It's a a direct direct response response to to the the president's president's refusal refusal to to rip rip To To promise promise a a peaceful peaceful transition transition of of power. power. If If he he loses loses the the election, election, the the resolution resolution reads. reads. There There should should be be no disruptions by the president or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States. Meantime, President Trump is making other news planning to announce his third Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. We talked all about it with Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill, who started with the response to President Trump's comments. Lawmakers on both sides how were troubled by the president's remarks, which had been Really consistent over the last several months that he's gonna have to wait and see to see what the election brings. So this was a real push back, especially from Republicans and also on important sign that if Republicans who really generally speaking have not pushed back at the president that much if they think he has lost the election, you're going to see leading Republicans saying He's lost the election, and he needs to need to leave in a peaceful way. That's an important sign from Republicans who have again shied away from criticizing their president. But Bob is this resolution. The forceful enough is it is close A CZ. Many Republicans are going to get Tau openly contradicting or criticizing the president. I think so, At least for now. We're gonna have to see what the election day slash week will bring and how close it is and certainly, But But the mood on Capitol Hill is that Republicans and Democrats, we had so much unrest in this country with the pandemic and and racial unrest. They want the election to go smoothly as possible. And of course, it's not going to go that smoothly because some states are going to be counting for for several days because so many people are failing in their balance, now

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President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses

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01:45 min | 1 year ago

President Trump again refuses to commit to peaceful transition if he loses

"Unanimously passed an extraordinary resolution yesterday. yesterday. It's It's a a direct direct response response to to the the president's president's refusal refusal to to rip rip To To promise promise a a peaceful peaceful transition transition of of power. power. If If he he loses loses the the election, election, the the resolution resolution reads. reads. There There should should be be no disruptions by the president or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States. Meantime, President Trump is making other news planning to announce his third Supreme Court nominee tomorrow. We talked all about it with Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill, who started with the response to President Trump's comments. Lawmakers on both sides how were troubled by the president's remarks, which had been Really consistent over the last several months that he's gonna have to wait and see to see what the election brings. So this was a real push back, especially from Republicans and also on important sign that if Republicans who really generally speaking have not pushed back at the president that much if they think he has lost the election, you're going to see leading Republicans saying He's lost the election, and he needs to need to leave in a peaceful way. That's an important sign from Republicans who have again shied away from criticizing their president. But Bob is this resolution. The forceful enough is it is close A CZ. Many Republicans are going to get Tau openly contradicting or criticizing the president. I think so, At least for now. We're gonna have to see what the election day slash week will bring and how close it is and certainly, But But the mood on Capitol Hill is that Republicans and Democrats, we had so much unrest in this country with the pandemic and and racial unrest. They want the election to go smoothly as possible. And of course, it's not going to go that smoothly because some states are going to be counting for for several days because so many people are failing in their balance, now

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03:29 min | 1 year ago

"bob cusack" Discussed on WTOP

"Eighties, 11 41. Another major challenge ahead in 2020 involves the US presidential election. Polling locations have been reduced due to a lack of poll workers during the pandemic. And there may be more voting by mail. But President Trump maintains without evidence that voting by mail leads to widespread voter fraud. And yesterday, he said he is opposed to giving the Postal service more funding that could help them handle the wave of election ballots. Joining us live now was Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill. Bob Democrats on the Hill say that the Trump Administration is making the problem worse for the Postal Service by imposing new call saving measures now. And that could slow down the delivery of male Republican Senator Susan Collins is demanding answers from the postmaster general. But is there really much than Congress? Khun do about this well other than funding? That's the biggest thing they could do, Mark and right now, this is a major stumbling block. Congress has left town. They're not going to be doing any type of code build this month, and maybe they'll do it next month. But you know the House Democrats in there, Bill. We're pushing 25 billion for the Postal Service Post service to get kind of alone in the last package. Uh, but It doesn't look like the White House is going to go for any additional funding, which also it poses a dilemma for Democrats because if Malin is not reliable because of lack of funding, they continued to recommend That voters vote by mail. It's a dilemma and a bit chaotic. It really is. It seems that were perhaps setting ourselves up for a contested election. If the post offices delivering ballots after the deadline, those balance potentially could be thrown out. Is this not a concern that is shared by both parties on the hill? There is some concern in various states. They have different requirements and signatures and outside of the partisan finger pointing this could be kind of non election night when election Week or election month and remember outside the presidential race, which may or may not be a close race. We have a lot of congressional races. Usually there's a handful or our doesn't That you don't know on election night, but you'll find out later That number is gonna go way up. Well, we know that it may be a few more weeks before Congress gets back to the negotiating table as you mentioned on the pandemic relief bill. Any sense right now that you see the two coming together on this in a matter of weeks. No, The dynamic this time is different because Mark Meadows, who used to head the Freedom Caucus is not White House chief of staff and he's the main player in the negotiations, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. They can't even agree on the amount of basically, Democrats are saying minimum two trillion They passed a bill that was over three trillion, so they're willing to come down to two trillion and the and the White House is saying That is, that is just a nonstarter. So when you when you can't even agree on that number, it's gonna be tough to get a few. Bob. Thank you Have a nice weekend. That's Bob Cusack, editor in chief off the Hill newspaper President Trump confirming he intends to accept the Republican nomination from the White House lawn. Despite criticism about that president telling The New York Post entered interview he plans to make his socially distance acceptance speech. In front of supporters at the White House when he originally suggested the idea of doing the speech at the White House. The announcement sparked backlash from critics, even some Republicans who suggested it might violate the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of federal employees while on duty..

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Weekly $600 Jobless Benefit Set to Expire Soon as Lawmakers Negotiate Extension

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02:14 min | 1 year ago

Weekly $600 Jobless Benefit Set to Expire Soon as Lawmakers Negotiate Extension

"Million Americans, They're still unemployed, and lawmakers must decide whether to renew a weekly $600 payment in additional jobless benefits. Joining us live now is Bob Cusack, editor in chief of the Hill. Father had been talk of trying to complete negotiations on this by next week. Of course, that now seems highly unlikely, which means that additional $600 in jobless benefits will likely lamps. That's right. That's right, Mark and it's AH, There was just a joint statement issued by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, basically going after the Republicans for not Doing anything. Over the last couple months, They've been bickering over a payroll tax bill. They have not released text of their bill and some Republicans in the Senate are upset that they are looking to pass something that could cost certainly. Over a trillion dollars, if not over $2 trillion. So, ah lot of divisions in the GOP and it doesn't look as you mentioned like there's going to be any deal anytime soon. I think the earliest we can expect a deal. Is AA in the first week of August. And as you mentioned those those jobless benefits are going to expire. That plus $600 Republicans say, Ah, that's a disincentive to work because we're getting some people getting more money to stay at home, then tow work, so not a lot of problems this week is the bottom line. No Bob. Some Republicans want to end this added benefit, as you say Some others want to replace it with something else. But there may be complications in making a change at the state level and and that could hold up the entire Billa's. There's the vicar about this could Congress passed some elements of this relief package, as the White House suggested, or are they intent on doing it as one complete bill? Well, Pelosi was indicating that she wants one bill that that this should not be a piecemeal type of thing that they should include everything. And I think there's probably gonna be some kind of compromise where maybe not 600 But it could be 2 to $400. But the principles are nowhere close on this, and this could really drag possibly into the second week of August.

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01:46 min | 2 years ago

"bob cusack" Discussed on WTOP

"Senate comes back into session next week no doubt again that's Bob Cusack editor and she fell of the hill nine twelve here on WTOP ever since our traffic clogged roads cleared up and there's been a dangerous problem on the outer loop in Montgomery County it's a string of tractor trailer crashes and now there's a search for solutions ten crashes since March fifteenth in the exact same spot of the outer loop of the beltway going over I. two seventy many more crashes near there have also led to increased enforcement by Maryland state police and yet continues to occur that's correct Shipley with Maryland state police who says stepped up enforcement will continue you'll also see more warnings on overhead signs and police have also reached out and started sending alerts through an app that approaching truckers use warning them about insignificant curves in the road there's been a number of commercial vehicle driving crashes in that area and while the state contemplates long term solutions Shipley says a lot of this has to do with driver behaviour jondo men WTOP news is another reminder that G. P. S. isn't always accurate a car was found partially submerged in the scene okay now last night and it's set up a search for the driver U. S. park police found them a few hours later walking alone with Clara Barton parkway he told them that faulty GPS directions because the mishap the driver's GPS are poorly directed amounts of the capital crescent trail near the Alexandria apple dots but instead went on to the bike trail which runs parallel to the canal for about three miles before his car wound up in the water the man was not impaired but he was cited for failure to travel on designated routes he was also treated for exposure and hypothermia nine fourteen here on WTOP a popular Texas ice cream makers dishing out big Bucks following a Listeria outbreak.

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02:35 min | 2 years ago

"bob cusack" Discussed on WTOP

"News this morning we turn to the hills editor in chief Bob Cusack for is today being indicated that just like in twenty sixteen Russia would prefer that president trump win the presidential election and that is something that Putin has said in twenty sixteen he publicly admitted that he preferred that Donald Trump won and of course there was intelligence officials say that was the Russian meddling in twenty sixteen so this is a big deal because this is going to be an ongoing theme the president does get sensitive about his relationship with Putin and Russia and it's it's something to watch because I I would imagine Senate Democrats next week they've been pushing for election security bills they're going to continue that push next week when they get back in town there was some partisan reaction as well Bob to these intelligence reports about Russia meddling in the election tell us what's going on there on the hill very much an election year it's a polarizing environment and and that's why Senate Republicans have blocked this they say it's not necessary to pass legislation some things have been put into law already Mitch McConnell has noted that there was no meddling in the twenty eighteen mid term election but that was not a presidential election and intelligence officials are breaking with the president and we've seen that before with a publicly said yes Russia did interfere in twenty sixteen and they're going to continue to do it again and that's something secretary of state Mike Pompeii was that they're going to be doing this he said that when I interviewed him awhile back for the next fifty years it's indicate that Republicans on the house intelligence committee pushed back and challenge the conclusions that intelligence officials had reached in this briefing about Russian interference this year we're also hearing that president trump was furious that this briefing occurred and may have played a role in him changing the director of national intelligence if the administration and Republicans in Congress are doubting what the intelligence community is telling us about Russian interference is enough being done to stop that in twenty twenty that's a great question and I think that's a question that's going to be asked the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell he has said that the trump administration was better at dealing with election security than the Obama administration because remember Obama was present during the last twenty sixteen presidential election so I think that this is something that Democrats Republicans are going to continue to disagree with and Republicans are going to have to explain and including the president of why they're not believing.

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