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Phil Mattingly
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Anderson Cooper 360° Nov 25
Regina Status is one of 50 million Americans who won't have enough to eat this year, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich reports on food insecurity this Thanksgiving.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @LPDonovan
i have a whole separate WH rant but they’ve been so embarrassingly negligent that it’s not even worth it
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
alright, rant over. going back into hibernation. if you're local and looking for good orgs to help out this week (and always):
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
Put Approps/Finance/Ways&Means staff in a room and they could’ve hammered out a deal in a week. Hell, everyone’s had a good sense of where the sweet spot is for months. (and rank & file on both sides, in both chambers, acknowledge it when they’re being candid)
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
only pt here is I’ve been tied to a couch post knee surgery for the last 5 days and I’ve spent much of that time replaying each stage of the covid talks in my head. (yes, I’m aware there are better uses of my time) but it’s just made me angrier and angrier. Folks deserve better.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
But at what point does the need for an actual outcome start to trump various specific pieces? I guess the answer is that point hasn’t been reached yet? Good luck explaining that to the millions who have exhausted their state benefits and will soon exhaust their 13 wk fed benefit
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
happy to talk merits of 600 vs 400 enhanced UI. Or permanent OSHA vs. liability sunset. Or $436bn vs $150bn S&L. Or national vs. state testing/tracing/surveillance. Understand the value of the positions, and what they represent, how crucial details are in talks like this.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
And contrary to what people might have said, electoral prospects had unquestionably entered the dynamics. And unquestionably led to some pretty clear miscalculations in hindsight.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
Mnuchin got close on to Pelosi on the topline, but the actual splits on policy were never really close to resolved. and by that point, it’s not clear Senate Rs would pass anything Pelosi/Mnuchin would’ve agreed to anyway.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
those proposals serve a real purpose as opening bids, or to underscore positions. Starting lines. Places to open talks. (And eventually, political cover) That moment was 6 months ago. Ds came down to $2.2 in HEROES 2, but much of that was shifting expiration deadlines.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
messaging/positioning for talks. (nobody thought $3.4tn HEROES, drafted w/out Rs, was a viable proposal for bipartisan agreement. Nobody thought $500bn Senate R bills, drafted w/out Dems, was a viable proposal for bipartisan agreement. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you.)
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
a slow moving train yet nobody is willing to help people off the tracks. Econ officials across the spectrum say more is needed. R & D leaders say more is needed. Yet CARES program after CARES program – which should have served as deal triggers – has expired and…nothing.
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Phil Mattingly Nov 25
for an institution that hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory in recent years, the inability of Congress to reach a covid relief agreement stands out as a particularly colossal failure even by its own very low standards
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Phil Mattingly Nov 24
Replying to @Phil_Mattingly
been mostly unplugged the last few days I wonder what’s hap....
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Jeremy Herb Nov 23
NEWS: The GSA has informed president-elect Joe Biden the administration is ready to begin the formal transition process, according to a letter from administrator Emily Murphy sent Monday afternoon and obtained by CNN, via (story TK!)
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Phil Mattingly Nov 23
not sure you're going to find two more widely respected -- from both sides of the aisle -- picks for these Biden admin positions than Reema & Shuwanza. And that matters an awful lot given the (still somewhat TBD) composition of the 117th Congress
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Phil Mattingly Nov 22
did you ask the Gov if he has any proposals re: OSU’s defensive backfield?
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Phil Mattingly Nov 21
The headline may be the congratulations of Pres.-elect Biden, but the full statement is worth the read:
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Phil Mattingly Nov 21
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Phil Mattingly Nov 21
Replying to @JonHeyman
thanks Jon - really appreciate it
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