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Post by thelivyjr » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR February 17, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Paul Plante says:

And speaking of some scary statistics, according to a story in the New York Post entitled “55 percent of voters flunk Cuomo’s disclosure of COVID nursing home deaths” by Carl Campanile on February 16, 2021, while a majority of New York voters ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reporting of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus, where fifty five percent of registered voters rated Cuomo negatively — fair or poor — on the disclosure of nursing home fatality data, with 84 percent of Republicans and two-thirds of independents/unaffiliated voters disapproving the governor’s handling of the nursing home death toll, his fellow Democrats gave him a positive grade, with 54 percent supporting him on the reporting issue.

According to the article, the survey was taken after state Attorney General Letitia James issued her damning report last month concluding that the Cuomo administration low-balled COVID-19 nursing home deaths by 50 percent, and after a state judge issued a Feb. 3 ruling slamming Cuomo for illegally blocking the release of information in response to a legal request submitted by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a government watchdog group.

And here is where the numbers get scary: A majority of voters oppose a bid by legislators to strip Cuomo of his broad emergency executive powers.

The Legislature passed a law giving the governor emergency authority last year to help New York respond to the pandemic, which expires April 30.

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Said in plain language, the legislature, which had NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to do so, declared Andy a literal DICTATOR, and it essentially then suspended itself like Hitler suspended the German Reichstag after his Enabling Act, where he stripped the German people of their constitutional rights, and now we are being told that a majority of New York voters, like the GOOD GERMANS back when, are content with a DICTATOR over them, so long as he is a kind master, which takes us to a POLITICO article entitled “Here’s every law and regulation Cuomo had suspended during coronavirus crisis” by Bill Mahoney on 03/19/2020, to wit:

ALBANY — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis on March 7, he gained extraordinary powers over the everyday lives of the state’s 19.5 million residents.

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When Andy declared a state of emergency in response to CONRONA, he became a dictator who like Hitler, suspended the New York state Constitution, which in turn impacted directly on who could vote for president and how, which is to say he safely rigged New York’s election so that nobody but Joe Biden could win, which takes us back to POLITICO as follows:

Thanks in part to a statutory change which the Legislature approved at the beginning of March, Cuomo’s declaration means he can change or suspend laws unilaterally, so long as doing so assists the state in its disaster response, which is a mountain of steaming dog **** heaped high, because it is Andy alone who determines whether what he is or is not doing assists the state in its disaster response which was PISS-POOR, if even that, which takes us back to POLITICO as follows:


— Petitioning requirements for candidates seeking office this year have been slashed to 30 percent of what they normally would be.

So rather than the 1,250 signatures usually required of congressional candidates, for example, the new minimum will be 375.

— For the rest of March, voters will be allowed to cast absentee ballots by mail for any reason.

The state constitution restricts absentee voting to instances when an individual is ill or out of the county in which they live, but “the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus” has been labeled a type of illness.

— Individuals who do not work for boards of elections are now allowed to help residents of nursing homes fill out absentee ballots.

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Talk about a recipe for rigging an election, there it is right before us, which takes us to ARTICLE II of the New York State Constitution, entitled “Suffrage,” where we have as follows:

[Absentee voting]

2. The legislature may, by general law, provide a manner in which, and the time and place at which, qualified voters who, on the occurrence of any election, may be absent from the county of their residence or, if residents of the city of New York, from the city, and qualified voters who, on the occurrence of any election, may be unable to appear personally at the polling place because of illness or physical disability, may vote and for the return and canvass of their votes.

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By executive order, DICTATOR Andy changed that to allow absentee ballots to be cast by mail for any reason, which opens the door to FRAUD, but hey, it is New York with a long, long history of rigging elections, so what is a little more FRAUD going to matter, which takes us to this:

[Persons excluded from the right of suffrage]

3. No person who shall receive, accept, or offer to receive, or pay, offer or promise to pay, contribute, offer or promise to contribute to another, to be paid or used, any money or other valuable thing as a compensation or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at an election, or who shall make any promise to influence the giving or withholding any such vote, or who shall make or become directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of any election, shall vote at such election; and upon challenge for such cause, the person so challenged, before the officers authorized for that purpose shall receive his or her vote, shall swear or affirm before such officers that he or she has not received or offered, does not expect to receive, has not paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, offered or promised to contribute to another, to be paid or used, any money or other valuable thing as a compensation or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at such election, and has not made any promise to influence the giving or withholding of any such vote, nor made or become directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending upon the result of such election. (Formerly 2. Renumbered by Constitutional Convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people November 8, 1938; amended by vote of the people November 6, 2001.)

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Precisely because of the history of ELECTION FRAUD in New York State, which takes us back to the New York Post poll, as follows:

Meanwhile 46 percent of voters say they are prepared to re-elect Cuomo if he runs for re-election to a fourth term in 2022 while 45 percent say they would “prefer someone else.”

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As Sallust was said to have said, “At the end, only a few preferred liberty; as for the rest, all they wished for was a kind master!”

And to think I went to VEET NAM and shed blood to fight against a dictatorship being imposed on those people by the COMMIES only to find that same ******* BULL**** going on right here at what used to be home!

What a fool me!

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p


"Fed's Williams does not expect economy to overheat due to fiscal aid"

By Reuters Staff

February 19, 2021

(Reuters) - New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said on Friday he’s not worried the economy will overheat due to government overspending, adding that employment and inflation are far below levels that would prompt the U.S. central bank to dial back its own support.

“The economy has quite a ways to go to get back to maximum employment, and we have a ways to go to get back to our 2% inflation target, so I’m not really concerned about stimulus, about fiscal support right now being excessive or anything like that,” Williams said on CNBC.

“The economy has been in a very slow period due to the winter wave of COVID, spread of COVID, so right now I am in a wait-and-see mode and we are going to watch the data and see how the economy does and specifically focusing on the progress on our two goals and make the decisions that are appropriate to achieve those goals.”

His comments suggest the Fed will keep its foot to the monetary gas pedal even as the Biden administration pushes for a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that critics, including former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, say is liable to lit a fire under inflation.

Janet Yellen, who was Fed chief until early 2018 and is now Treasury secretary, says that’s a risk worth taking, given that millions of Americans are still unemployed.

Williams, who worked for Yellen when she ran the San Francisco Fed and is now a key advisor to Fed Chair Jerome Powell, sounded equally sanguine about the recent rise in Treasury yields and the values of a range of assets including stocks and homes.

Some analysts have warned of froth and risk-taking that could create risks for the financial system if allowed to continue.

“Very strong asset prices” fundamentally reflect “optimism among investors that the U.S. economy and the global economy is going to have a strong recovery and expansion, and expectations of low (interest) rates well off into the future,” Williams said.

But as for asset prices running “out of control,” “I don’t see, really, the evidence for that,” he said.

The Fed’s latest semi-annual monetary policy report, which was released earlier on Friday, pointed to downside risks for the financial system, including the potential for “sharp declines” in highly-valued commercial real estate and possible spillovers from financial vulnerabilities in emerging markets to the U.S. financial system and economy.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p


"Fed's Rosengren says large fiscal package appropriate, hopes for full employment within two years"

By Jonnelle Marte

February 19, 2021

(Reuters) - The $1.9 trillion fiscal relief package lawmakers are considering is appropriately large given the pandemic’s effects on the labor market and policymakers will have time to pull back support as the economy approaches full employment, Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren said on Friday.

“It is a big fiscal package that is being considered right now - I think it’s appropriately big,” Rosengren said in an interview with Reuters.

“I am much less concerned than some commentators about it being a problem of overheating the economy.”

His comments were in line with remarks made by other Fed officials, including Fed Chair Jerome Powell, who called last week for a broad national effort to get Americans back to work after the pandemic.

“The economy has quite a ways to go to get back to maximum employment, and we have a ways to go to get back to our 2% inflation target, so I’m not really concerned about stimulus, about fiscal support right now being excessive or anything like that,” New York Fed President John Williams said Friday on CNBC.

Rosengren said he is hopeful the recovery will be strong enough for the labor market to return to full employment within two years, though he said the pace will depend on what happens with new variants of the virus and the distribution of vaccines.

Some service sector workers risk facing prolonged periods of joblessness as people remain hesitant to travel or crowd into restaurants and bars, he said.

As more businesses fail, those displaced workers may need help with learning new skills and moving into other industries, Rosengren said.

“Once we get closer to full employment, then we can worry about fiscal sustainability issues,” he said.

Reporting by Jonnelle Marte; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p

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More than half of the world’s population live under autocratic or partly free governments, denied full civil liberties and unable to freely participate in political life.

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Elections provide an important opportunity to advance democratization and encourage political liberalization.

For an election to be free and fair, certain civil liberties, such as the freedoms of speech, association and assembly, are required.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR February 19, 2021 at 10:33 pm

Paul Plante says:

So, people, let us do a recap here for a moment after what I would have to call the most BULL****, worthless and disgusting presidential election I have ever had the displeasure of witnessing, a presidential election that makes a complete mockery of what presidential elections in this country are supposed to be, and instead opens our elections to whomever can make the most outlandish promises while promising to loot the greatest amount from OUR national treasury to reward his followers as Joe Biden has done and is doing, while these events are still very much fresh in our minds, to see what it is that we all just saw subsequently, which was a true MARXIST REVOLUTION on 6 January 2021 that toppled OUR Republic like the rotten tree it had become, and replaced it with a MARXIST DEMOCRACY, which thought of necessity takes us back to this sentence from the article in THE HILL entitled “Pelosi sets up call on election challenge: ‘No situation matches Trump presidency’” by Joseph Choi on 01/03/21, THREE DAYS BEFORE the events of 6 January 2021, to wit:

“While there is no doubt as to the outcome of the Biden-Harris presidency, our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”

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Without looking to the right or left, focus in on the specific wording of that sentence, considering that it would be three more days until the events of 6 January 2021 occurred.

Now, here is a high school civics question: In that one sentence three days before whatever occurred on 6 January 2021, when by law, electoral votes were to be counted, how many different things did Nancy Pelosi really say on 3 January 2021?

First of all, on 3 January 2021, wasn’t Nancy GUARANTEEING to HER followers to have no fear whatsoever, for she was going to put Joe Biden in the white house:

“While there is no doubt as to the outcome of the Biden-Harris presidency …”

How on 3 January 2021, three days before the counting of the electoral college votes, could Nancy Pelosi be telling her followers “there is no doubt as to the outcome?”

Given that the electoral college votes would not be counted for 3 more days, how could Nancy Pelosi possibly know the outcome beforehand?

And this is no ******* tin-hat conspiracy theory given that I am not making up what Nancy Pelosi said on 3 January 2021.

She said she already knew the outcome of something that had not even happened yet, did she not?

That’s what I mean by not looking to the right or left, but straight down the center at words from out of the mouth of Nancy Pelosi herself as reported in the main-stream media which clearly belie a strong suspicion that Nancy Pelosi had to know the election was safely enough rigged that the outcome was already guaranteed, and let us not be so stupid as to pretend presidential elections in this country can’t be rigged, what with our proven history of rigging presidential elections in this country, which thought takes us to the rest of that sentence as follows:

“Our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”

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Intriguing, wouldn’t you say?

“Our further success?”


Used in that context, the word “further” in that sentence would have to mean, “additional to what already exists or has already taken place, been done, or been accounted for.”

So, people, let’s use some logic here.

If the further success of the DEMOCRATS, because that is who Nancy Pelosi was addressing those words to on 3 January 2021, before the events of 6 January 2021, was to convince more of the American people to trust in their “democratic system,” then what was the first success?

Given that on 3 January 2021, Nancy Pelosi was GUARANTEEING to her followers what the outcome of the electoral college count on 6 January 2021 was going to be, it was in the bag, don’t worry, wouldn’t the first success have to be the successful rigging of the presidential vote in 2020 to guarantee that outcome?

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:40 p

"Senate GOP push for subpoena of nursing home data thwarted - Committee chairman describes pursuit 'a political motion'"

Amanda Fries, Albany, New York Times Union

Feb. 1, 2021; Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 5:02 p.m.

ALBANY — A last-minute motion for the Senate investigations committee to vote on issuing a subpoena to compel testimony from Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker regarding nursing home coronavirus deaths was squashed and labeled as political by the committee’s chair Monday.

Sen. Thomas O’Mara, a Southern Tier Republican and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, surprised committee chairman, Hudson Valley Democratic Sen. James Skoufis, when he made the motion to have committee members vote to subpoena Zucker.

Long Island Sen. Anthony Palumbo, the only other Republican committee member, quickly seconded the motion and expressed doubt that state officials under Gov. Andrew Cuomo would release accurate information.

“If it is not done immediately or in the very near future, we would be remiss of our duties because we are the only committee that has this kind of oversight,” Palumbo said.

According to Senate rules, the chair, vice-chair or a majority of a legislative committee can issue a subpoena, thus the power can be invoked within any committee, not just the investigations committee.

Fervor for action has mounted since Attorney General Letitia James released a report last week condemning New York’s COVID-19 nursing home plan, with Republican legislators quickly re-launching calls for the Legislature to use its subpoena power to get answers.

Legislators have been pushing for detailed figures since July, following the state Department of Health releasing a report that absolved the Cuomo administration of blame for thousands of nursing home deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Prior to the attorney general’s report, Skoufis had said publicly he would subpoena state officials if complete answers and data were not provided during the Legislature’s health budget hearing.

Shortly after those statements, Cuomo’s office requested the hearing be rescheduled from Feb. 3 to Feb. 25 to accommodate Zucker’s schedule.

Skoufis, who has chaired the committee since 2019 and has not shied from using subpoena power in several instances, expressed frustration that O’Mara had not given him a heads up as to the planned motion, describing the move as an “ambush.”

“With all due respect Sen. O’Mara, I am not going to be lectured or bullied on issuing subpoenas."

"I have made it clear that this is on the table,” he said during the committee held over Zoom.

“This is a political motion."

"This committee is not going to be bullied into doing something when we have laid out the roadmap to getting this information.”

The Hudson Valley Democrat further pointed to his record when it comes to using the power; he has issued 25 subpoenas in two years.

“The last 10 years of Republican majority rule produced one single subpoena, and that one subpoena was withdrawn,” Skoufis said.

“The previous Republican majority has never really issued a subpoena."

"They wouldn’t know what a subpoena looked like if it hit them in the face.”

Palumbo and O’Mara, through the Senate Minority Office, issued a statement after the meeting criticizing the Democrats for their inaction.

Skoufis declined to hear the motion because it had not been submitted in writing beforehand, as per Senate Rules Section 8 on new motions.

“In the wake of the attorney general's report, the failure of the investigations committee to immediately issue subpoenas and demand testimony from Gov. Cuomo and his administration once again completely abandons legislative responsibility,” O’Mara said in a news release.

“It makes the Senate Democrats complicit in this tragedy.”

Skoufis expressed confidence in Zucker providing the data legislators seek, particularly after the health department released detailed data last week in response to the attorney general’s findings.

“(Zucker) said he is going to produce the full and complete, audited numbers by the time he has his hearing on Feb. 25."

"Short of that, I think we ought to compel testimony,” Skoufis said.

“But he released a substantial piece, if not most of the picture behind those numbers, and I think the remaining piece is forthcoming.”

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:40 p


"Fed sees 'considerable' risk of ongoing U.S. business failures"

By Reuters Staff

February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The risks of ongoing business failures in the United States “remain considerable” even as the economy emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Reserve said on Friday in its semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress.

Business borrowing “now stands near historic highs,” the U.S. central bank said in the report.

Even though large cash balances, low interest rates, and renewed economic growth may dampen problems in the near term, “insolvency risks at small and medium-sized firms, as well as at some large firms, remain considerable.”

Fed Chair Jerome Powell will present the report in hearings before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

After presenting his own summary of where the economy stands he will field questions from lawmakers that are likely to focus on how much more help the economy needs from the federal government to reach the point where ongoing COVID-19 vaccinations make it safe to resume normal commerce.

The Biden administration is pushing a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan that has already cleared a major hurdle in the Senate, money on top of the nearly $900 billion approved late last year and the roughly $3 trillion appropriated at the start of the crisis in 2020.

Those federal payments, including one-time checks to families, increased unemployment insurance, and loans to small businesses, led to faster-than-expected economic growth and less-than-anticipated financial stress among households and the banks that hold their mortgages and credit card loans.

But while banks and household balance sheets remain in reasonable shape, the Fed’s reference to business debt highlights the potential economic hangover still to come after a historically trying year.

Along with business failures, the report noted how changes to the economy that are still underway could, for example, cut the market for already highly-valued commercial real estate and lead to “sharp declines” in prices - a potential blow to investors or lenders involved with those properties.

The report also noted that the borrowing and spending used in some countries to fight the pandemic had made their financial systems “more vulnerable” than before, and the situation may be getting worse.

Stress in some emerging market nations, the report warned, could spill over “and produce additional strains for the U.S. financial system and economic activity.”

Next week will be Powell’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since Democrats won the White House and control of both chambers of Congress.

The Fed has pledged to keep its current policy of low interest rates and $120 billion in monthly bond purchases intact until the recovery is more complete.

That may be tested in coming months if, as expected, the reopened U.S. economy begins to generate rising inflation.

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:40 p

THE CAPE CHARLES MIRROR February 21, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Paul Plante says:

“Our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”

That, as we have already seen was BIG DOG DEMOCRAT Nancy Pelosi speaking on the public record in the article in THE HILL entitled “Pelosi sets up call on election challenge: ‘No situation matches Trump presidency’” by Joseph Choi on 01/03/21, THREE DAYS BEFORE the events of 6 January 2021.

So when Nancy was talking about convincing more of the American people to trust in “our democratic system” on 3 January 2021, who was it she was really talking to?

And as an aside, I always find it quite interesting how these scribes in the main-stream media who exist to take down and regurgitate what horse crap hack politicians like Nancy Pelosi spew forth with never stop to ask people like Nancy what it was they just said as when they talk about convincing more of the American people to trust in “our democratic system.”


And who exactly are they trying to get to trust in it?

And WHY?

What can possibly be trustworthy with any system Nancy Pelosi is involved with, given that she is selling her version of “democracy” to the highest bidders as we see from this Tribune Washington Bureau article entitled “Embattled Pelosi’s big survival weapon: money” by Anshu Siripurapu on 6/22/2017, as follows:

WASHINGTON — Here’s a huge reason Nancy Pelosi maintains her iron grip on House Democrats, even after another bruising — and in many party circles embarrassing — election loss: her ability to raise lots and lots of money.

The House Democratic leader has few current peers when it comes to pumping money into colleagues’ campaigns.

No other potential up-and-coming Democratic challenger to her leadership comes close.

Since 1990, she’s raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs.

Pelosi’s office claims even loftier triumphs, saying she’s raised more than $500 million for Democrats since entering the party leadership in the early 2000s, including $141.5 million in the 2015-2016 cycle.

The totals, her office says, include money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees.

Big donors to the party’s congressional campaign committee were also available to Pelosi through her “Speaker’s Cabinet” program, which gave them special access to the Democratic leader.

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So in a word, the “democracy” of Nancy Pelosi is a crock of ****!

So who then are the people Nancy is talking about or referring to when she said on 3 January 2021 “Our further success is to convince more of the American people to trust in our democratic system.”

Crooked people?

People without brains who are unable think?

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Post by thelivyjr » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:40 p


"Green New Deal Backer Faces Bumpy Interior Confirmation"

by Bloomberg | Jennifer A. Dlouhy

Monday, February 22, 2021

(Bloomberg) -- Interior Secretary-designate Deb Haaland’s opposition to fracking, early endorsement of the Green New Deal and participation in protests against an oil pipeline in South Dakota have made her one of President Joe Biden’s most controversial cabinet nominees.

Haaland, a Democratic representative from New Mexico, will face questions about those and other positions during a confirmation hearing Tuesday, with some Republicans already warning she’s unlikely to get their support.

“I have serious concerns with Rep Haaland’s radical views and support for the Green New Deal,” Senator Steve Daines, a Montana Republican and member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee vetting her nomination, tweeted after a meeting with Haaland.

“Unless my concerns are addressed, I will not only oppose her confirmation for Interior, I will do all I can to defeat it.”

Haaland plans to tell skeptical senators she recognizes the role of fossil fuels in the U.S. energy mix, while emphasizing climate change is a problem that can’t be ignored, according to a copy of her committee testimony released Monday.

“There’s no question that fossil energy does and will continue to play a major role in America for years to come,” Haaland says in the testimony, adding that revenue from oil and gas fund critical services.

“But we must also recognize that the energy industry is innovating, and our climate challenge must be addressed.”

The Senate ultimately is still expected to confirm Haaland, 60, but the slim control Democrats have means Haaland needs every vote she can get.

Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the committee considering her nomination, threw into doubt the fate of another Biden nominee last week.

Manchin said he would vote against Neera Tanden to be budget director though the president vowed to press on with the nomination.

Early Monday, two moderate Republicans -- Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah -- also said they would object to Tanden, making her path to confirmation even more difficult.

Haaland’s nomination has become a target for oil industry advocates, who question whether her past views will get in the way of legal obligations to advance energy development on territory under the Interior Department’s control.

The agency runs the national park system and oversees grazing, recreation, energy development and other activities on about a fifth of U.S. land.

Native American

Haaland, who is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, would become the first Native American member of a president’s cabinet.

Haaland’s past stances and statements, however, have unnerved the oil industry.

“It is one thing to hold those views” as a lawmaker and political organizer, said Anne Bradbury, head of the American Exploration and Production Council. which represents oil developers.

“But it is a very different constituency and a very different responsibility to then transition over to running a large federal bureaucracy that is charged with executing -- not making -- the law.”

Policies Haaland charts at Interior could have a dramatic effect on U.S. energy development.

Federal lands and waters made up roughly 22% of U.S. crude and 12% of U.S. natural gas in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration.

“That supply is really the difference between greater energy security and going back to the past where we were more reliant on on foreign energy,” said Frank Macchiarola, senior vice president of the American Petroleum Institute.

Big Oil

Haaland’s supporters say her nomination has drawn criticism because she’s not beholden to Big Oil.

“Representative Haaland makes people uncomfortable because she has opinions,” said Raul Grijalva, a Democratic congressman from Arizona.

“And she makes gas and oil uncomfortable because she’s not a cheerleader for them.”

Biden nominated Haaland after a months-long campaign by Native Americans and environmental activists, who have said she would reset the Interior Department’s relationship with tribal nations and would bring a fresh perspective to the agency most frequently led by White, male Western politicians.

The department holds trust title to more than 56 million acres for tribal nations, and its Bureau of Indian Affairs works directly with 578 federally recognized tribes.

Haaland cuts a different figure as a single mother who at times relied on food assistance.

She was a tribal administrator of the San Felipe Pueblo as well as the operator of a small salsa-making business.

She’s represented New Mexico in the U.S. House since 2019.

“She’s going to bring a commitment to environmental and climate goals to an agency that under Trump was run by actual folks who had worked for fossil fuel corporations,” said Julian Brave NoiseCat, vice president of policy and strategy at the liberal advocacy group Data for Progress.

In 2016, Haaland brought food to Standing Rock Sioux protesters camped along the route of Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access oil pipeline.

She was an early sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution in the House, which outlines a progressive vision for rapidly decarbonizing the American economy.

Haaland also has said she’s “wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands.”

Haaland has “radical views” that “are squarely at odds with the responsible management of our nation’s energy resources,” said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, the top-ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“Representative Haaland must demonstrate that she will follow the law, protect the multiple uses of our public lands and reject policies that will force energy workers into the unemployment line,” Barrasso said in an emailed statement.

“I won’t support her nomination otherwise.”

Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, said in an interview he would press for Haaland to recuse herself from decisions on those issues.

“She’s already committed to certain policy approaches that I think go against the law.”

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"Biden to revise small business PPP loans to reach smaller, minority firms"

By David Lawder

February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden on Monday launched changes to the U.S. coronavirus aid program for small businesses to try to reach smaller and minority-owned firms, sole proprietors and those with past criminal records left behind in previous rounds of aid.

For two weeks starting on Wednesday, the Small Business Administration will only accept applications for forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from firms with fewer than 20 employees.

“A lot of these mom and pop businesses got muscled out of the way by bigger companies who jumped in front of the line” in the initial rounds of the program, Biden said.

His PPP changes here also aim to allow more single-person businesses -- sole proprietors, independent contractors, beauticians and others -- to get loans.

Many of these were excluded previously because the program was geared towards firms with traditional payrolls, or because their business cost deductions limited them to only nominal loan amounts, administration officials said.

They added that SBA rules will be changed to match the approach used to allow small farmers and ranchers to receive aid.

The changes announced by Biden are only good through the program’s expiration at the end of March.

He has proposed $7 billion more in PPP funding for small businesses in his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan now under debate in Congress.

Bankers say demand for PPP loans is slowing as firms reopen.

When the PPP was launched in April 2020 at the height of coronavirus lockdowns, its initial $349 billion ran out in two weeks.

Congress approved another $320 billion in May, but that round expired in August with about $130 billion in unused funds.

The program was re-launched on Jan. 19 with $284 billion in new funds from a coronavirus aid bill passed at the end of December, and a Biden administration official said about $150 billion of PPP money is still available.

Biden said he is open to ideas to make his $1.9 trillion aid plan “better and cheaper” but added that small businesses must be supported.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, an architect of the initial PPP aid program, urged the Biden administration to work with Republicans and Democrats in Congress on changes to the program.

“No other federal relief program has done more to help our smallest businesses, especially those in underserved and under-banked communities,” Rubio said in a statement.

The Biden administration said the program will also set aside $1 billion for businesses without employees in low- and moderate-income areas, which are 70% owned by women and people of color.

The SBA will provide new guidance making it clear that legal U.S. residents who are not citizens, such as green card holders, cannot be excluded from the program.

Exclusions for business owners with past non-fraud felony convictions and student loan delinquencies also will be lifted.

Reporting by David Lawder; Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Jacqueline Wong, Aurora Ellis and Chizu Nomiyama

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN2AM0UP

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