After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in the Senate.
MILES: The key are the following paragraphs. It is good to look at how small businesses and Americans will be best served with these money infusions. In interviews, Pelosi has stressed making sure that the popular paycheck protection program, part of the massive $2.2 trillion economic aid Congress passed in March, delivers benefits to businesses in minority communities that are often under-served by traditional lenders. “One of the concerns that we have about the original $350 (billion) is that a lot of ... people who are under-banked are unserved on that basis,” Pelosi told NPR on Wednesday. “So, they don’t have banking relationships sophisticated in a way that others do.” Democrats are pressing for half of the White House request, or $125 billion, to be channeled through community-based financial institutions that serve farmers, family, women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses and nonprofits in rural, tribal, suburban and urban communities. They circulated a $500 billion plan that would add $100 billion for hospitals and other health care providers and $150 billion to state and local governments, as well as a $15% boost in food stamp benefits. They hope this serves as a basis for talks with McConnell going forward.