The Senate plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify before Congress next month

  • A Senate committee is reportedly planning to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google if the three executives don’t willingly agree to testify before Congress this week, a Senate spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • The committee is holding a hearing on Oct. 1 that’s meant to address Section 230, a law that shields social media companies from being held liable for the content of users’ posts.
  • Democrats have called for Section 230 to be amended to force social media companies to take a firmer stance to moderate hate speech and misinformation on their platforms, while Republicans — including President Donald Trump — have taken aim at the law over perceived anti-conservative bias.

A Senate committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing if they don’t willingly agree to testify of their own accord by Thursday, a Senate committee spokesperson told

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Senate Bill Would Pump More Funding into Rural Transit


Without the Rainbow Rider program in Lowry, Minnesota, Bob Matchinsky wouldn’t be able to get around. 

The public transit system that serves West Central Minnesota is Matchinsky’s lifeline. Wheelchair-bound because of multiple sclerosis, Matchinsky has used the service for the past year and a half to get to doctor’s appointments, his sister’s house, even to DJ’s Taproom down the street from his apartment in Grand Arbor assisted living facility. 

“If it weren’t for Rainbow Rider, I’d just stay at the care center,” he said. “I’m in a power wheelchair. You can’t just go in any vehicle to get somewhere. I need someone with a lift to lift me up (into the vehicle) and drive me around. I can’t come out of the chair because if I come out of it, I have to be lifted back in.” 

Matchinsky said rural transit systems are worth the investment. In his opinion, they

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Senate coronavirus relief bill to extend PPP loans, target health care, education: Kudlow

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday said he expects the Senate GOP’s latest coronavirus relief proposal to target small businesses, health care and education.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday announced that he and other GOP leaders will be introducing a more “targeted” coronavirus relief package after Senate Democrats rejected their $1.3 trillion HEALS Act proposal in July.

“Targeted areas … could be very helpful. Maybe even make the recovery even stronger. For example, the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is coming out with a package today. It’s going to be targeting healthcare, education and the economy,” Kudlow said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

Kudlow added that he thinks the Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program aimed at helping small businesses retain employees “will be extended” in McConnell’s bill.

White

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Senate returns to stalled stimulus talks and government funding deadline

STIMULUS STALEMATEAnd we’re back! The Senate returns to Washington today after its summer recess, with a government funding deadline looming and Republicans looking to revive the stalled stimulus talks by pushing a new “skinny” proposal. But lawmakers only have a few weeks before they leave town again for the campaign trail, and as of right now, the path to a coronavirus deal is narrow at best and going nowhere at worst.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t even have 51 votes for the Senate GOP’s pared back coronavirus bill yet, let alone the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster, per my colleagues. And some Senate Republicans want to include language related to “school choice” programs, further complicating McConnell’s effort to round up GOP support for the package. (Though our friends at Playbook report that the White House will embrace a $1.5 trillion price tag this week, which represents some

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House Democrats press Senate to take up Heroes Act for school funding

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — School is already back in session around the country and Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott is again pressuring the Senate to take up the Heroes Act.

“There are things that schools need to do to reopen safely,” Scott said.

The $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed the House in May. Scott says it includes money for teacher and student personal protective equipment, as well as money to repair and replace broken and inadequate ventilation systems in schools.

“You need all these extra resources to open the schools safely and you just can’t hope it’ll happen, you have to come up with a plan, you have to have the resources to make it happen,” Scott said.

Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright says schools need the money now.

“To meet the major challenges of preventing the virus from spreading amongst the students,” Cartwright said.

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