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    The Senate parliamentarian is the official who interprets the Senate’s complex, arcane rules and has a major influence in the day-to-day running of the upper chamber. What is her role?  Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate MORE (D-Nev.) appointed Elizabeth MacDonough as the Senate’s first woman parliamentarian in 2012 and she has held the position until present. The parliamentarian and her team provide daily advice to the Senate’s presiding officer on the correct execution of floor procedure but one of her biggest jobs is to decide what can and can’t be included in legislation passed under special budgetary rules known as reconciliation. These budgetary rules can only be used on a few occasions each Congress and normally are invoked only when the...
    March 2, 2021 10:06 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The Senate of the United States (USA) confirmed this Monday the Latin Miguel Cardona as the new Secretary of Education of the Government of Joe Biden. To date, Cardona was serving as Connecticut Commissioner of Education, he was confirmed at the High camera with 64 votes in favor and 32 against. Cardona was born in Connecticut to Puerto Rican parents. He is a professor who from his current position has supervised the distance learning of thousands of students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With his confirmation, Miguel Cardona became the second person with Puerto Rican roots and the third Latino to become Secretary of Education. He was preceded by John B. King, Jr. (2016-2017) and Lauro Cavazos (1988-1990). In your new responsibility will have the enormous challenge of guiding the Biden Government in the strategy of reopening the...
    It's still not fixed. In just two weeks, the $300 weekly unemployment insurance (UI) boost from the federal government to unemployed workers could end. At the same time, two additional emergency pandemic unemployment programs could start to wind down, expiring over the next month for about 7.3 million people. That is, if the Senate doesn't quickly pass the American Rescue Plan approved by the House last week. Everyone, including Republicans, knew that there was no way people would be back to work by mid-March—but here we are. That deadline was set by Republicans who controlled the Senate, because they refused to spend the kind of money that's necessary for the economy to recover after this pandemic and because they love to create cliffs—artificial deadlines that make governing more complicated and difficult. That happened while millions haven't received assistance they qualify for at all, the nonpartisan Century Foundation estimates. Because of aggressive...
    (CNN)Shut out of the stimulus package that passed the House last week, hospitals and nursing homes are hoping they can convince the Senate to give them an additional infusion of funding in its version of the $1.9 trillion relief bill. More on Covid-19 relief Here's what you can expect to get from the $1.9 trillion House stimulus Congress already approved $4 trillion in Covid relief. What happened to it? Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Where the stimulus bill stands in Congress, and what comes next Congress last year created and poured $178 billion into the Provider Relief Fund to help hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers pay for coronavirus-related expenses and offset revenue losses from postponing elective procedures. Hospitals, however, say that only $4.4 billion will remain in the fund by the end of the month. Yet the pandemic remains...
    Democrats’ hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package appeared all but dead Monday as senators enlisted to debate their own version of the House-approved bill. of Representatives. Miami World / AP Four days after Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough said Senate rules prohibit the inclusion of a minimum wage increase in the aid package, Democrats appeared to have exhausted their most realistic options to rescue the pay increase. . In one decision, they set aside a potential amendment threatening tax increases for large companies that did not raise pay to their workers to a certain level. “Right now we may not have a path, but I hope we can find one” to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, said the second-highest-ranking Senate Democrat Richard Durbin. Democratic senators hope to present their version of the aid package and start the...
                                 Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 513,091; Tuesday, 514,657. The U.S. is set to begin administering doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine today, marking a momentous milestone in the national effort to combat the pandemic as health officials warn that variants could wipe away all progress made over the past month.    Johnson & Johnson’s began shipping nearly 4 million...
    THE Senate is set to vote on the coronavirus relief package and taxpayers in the meantime can take steps to ensure they get the full $1,400 payments.  Third stimulus checks are included in the massive relief bill that the House approved on Saturday and is now going before the Senate.  3The third stimulus checks could be weeks away from being sent to taxpayersCredit: Getty Images - Getty Under the proposal, the third checks would amount to $1,400 for individuals with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 and the thresholds are $112,500 for heads of households and $150,000 for married couples filing together.  President Joe Biden urged the Senate to act quickly on the legislation, and Democrats want to get it to his desk to sign into law by mid-March. That means that the stimulus checks could be only a few weeks away from being sent to taxpayers. Filing taxes...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Monday, March 1Gov. Cuomo formally refers alleged sex assault case to state attorney generalEmbattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has formally referred the case of his alleged sexual harassment of a former aide to New York Attorney General Letitia James, a necessary step to commence an investigation with subpoena power. The referral also allows James to deputize an outside law firm for "a rigorous and independent investigation."3rd stimulus check updates: What to expect from Senate COVID relief negotiations this weekThe Senate could move as soon as...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as education secretary, launching him into the national debate over reopening schools. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ORLANDO, Florida — Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Breitbart News that the future of the Republican Party is with former President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, and that if the GOP embraces Trump’s vision the party will come back in the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential elections. Cotton said in the exclusive interview with Breitbart News at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU), that Trump “was the first Republican President to get immigration right in a very long time” and previewed the former president’s Sunday speech hammering President Joe Biden’s open borders agenda. “This [immigration] is one of the issues President Trump and I first started talking about when he was a candidate in the summer of 2015: Immigration, and also the Iran nuclear deal,” Cotton told Breitbart News. “But he has helped reset the Republican Party’s view on this. But not entirely...
    Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images The confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden's choices to run the Securities and Exchange Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Gary Gensler and Rohit Chopra, respectively — are set to begin Tuesday. They will be the first of Biden's financial regulators to face the spotlight in the Senate. The nominees pose risk to certain corners of the financial sector, according to analysts. The two "are likely to steer both agencies in a new direction which has implications for the capital markets," according to Brian Gardner, Stifel's chief Washington policy strategist. The SEC and CFPB hold the keys to financial issues such as new regulations on special purpose acquisition companies cryptocurrency and consumer loans.  Student lenders and servicers...
    The bill must be approved by the House of Representatives. (Photo: 123 RF) On Monday, the leader of the Democratic majority, Chuck Schumer, announced that the U.S. Senate would vote “this week” on the broader stimulus package that Joe Biden wanted, a bill that must be approved by the House of Representatives. The Democrat-controlled council on Saturday approved a $ 1.9 billion plan that would increase the federal hourly minimum wage. Read (re) Read: Joe Biden 10 Geopolitical Keys to Understanding America On the question of the rules governing budget texts, this increase will not be in the version discussed in the Senate this week. Despite the disappointment on his part, the Democrat leader urged Congress to accept his remaining plan “quickly”. “If we act with determination, speed and courage, we can finally join hands again against this virus and finally revive our economy,” Joe Biden pleaded...
    (CNN)Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell committed on Monday that Senate Republicans will support GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski's reelection bid in 2022 despite former President Donald Trump advocating that the GOP "get rid of" the 17 Republicans in Congress who voted against him during his second impeachment. Of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump of inciting a deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6, Alaska's Murkowski is the only one facing voters in the midterm election next year in a state Trump won by about 10 points last year. "Absolutely," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, replied when asked by CNN if the National Republican Senatorial Committee would back Murkowski even after Trump extolled to the Conservative Political Action Conference his desire for political revenge against his critics. Asked if he was worried the former President's considerable influence could make it harder for Murkowski to win reelection, McConnell responded...
    New York : After Congress approves the aid, it takes the IRS a week to send out the first payments. Photo: PHOTO: DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURE / . The Budget Committee in the Senate, chaired by Bernie sanders (Vermont), continues with the integration of the $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. Although there is no exact date on its vote in plenary, the plan recently endorsed by the House of Representatives, could achieve significant progress this week, confirmed the majority leader Chuck schumer (New York). “In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and the worst public health crisis in a hundred years, Republicans say that Democrats want to spend too much to face the pandemic and insist that it is time to do less,” charged Schumer. Although the House approved the bill, the Senate will make adjustments and that adds...
    President Joe Biden returned to the White House around noon Monday after spending a weekend in his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.  Biden's only public appearance was a visit to his church, St. Joseph on the Brandywine, attending Sunday morning mass with grandchildren Hunter and Natalie, the children of his late son Beau.  The president returns to Washington, D.C. as the Senate picks up his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package sans the $15-an-hour minimum wage bump that the Senate parliamentarian ruled couldn't be passed through the body's reconciliation rules. President Joe Biden returned to Washington, D.C. around lunchtime Monday after spending a quiet weekend in Wilmington, Delaware where he took two of his grandkids to church  The president made a solo return to Washington Monday as the Senate takes up his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after the House passed the package in the early hours of Saturday...
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    By: Sen. Larry Walker (R – Perry) The Senate is quickly approaching one of our busiest times of the legislative session and as our conversations have gotten longer, we remain committed to our service to you. This thorough review of legislation has allowed us to speak with you about your opinions, concerns and what you believe are the areas that are most critical. Crossover Day is only a few short days away and we are working hard to ensure the bills that pass out of the Senate Chamber have your best interests in mind. With this all important deadline, we were efficient in our work this week and passed several significant pieces of legislation that we believe are impactful for all of Georgia. Previously, I had mentioned the General Assembly’s continued emphasis on Georgia’s election process and finding remedies for...
    It will be one of the most atypical sessions in the history of the opening of the Legislative Assembly. The coronavirus pandemic modified all the protocols of the ceremony to be held in the Chamber of Deputies. To the strict sanitary protocol, a detailed timed scheme of the 139 ° opening of the ordinary sessions of the Congress of the Nation. Here is the minute by minute of what will be the second opening of Alberto Fernández’s management. 11.30 am: – Opening of the Assembly Session, chaired by the President of the Honorable Senate of the Nation, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. – Hoisting of the National Flag. – Argentinian national anthem. – Appointment of the Exterior and Interior Reception Committees. -Intermediate room in order to await the arrival of the President Alberto Fernandez. 11.50 am – Arrival of the President of the Nation to the Honorable Congress of...
    New York : Schumer seeks the widest possible consensus for the stimulus package. Photo: Tasos Katopodis / . The Senate Majority Leader, Chuck schumer (New York), acknowledges that divisions in his caucus and among Republicans over the economic stimulus package could work against him. For this reason, it is seeking to agree on the necessary changes that the main opponents have to the $ 1.9 billion plan, this in order to “freeze” any last minute modification in the voting in committees and the plenary session. According to a report by Axios, the democratic leader seeks to meet the president Joe biden Your promise to approve your financial project almost in full, which includes $ 1,400 of direct assistance per person plus a similar amount per child or dependent, as well as up to $ 3,600 in annual tax support for children. “While the president hoped...
    Washington — The "Plan B" that some Senate Democrats had proposed for the minimum wage hike is now off the table, a senior Democratic aide told CBS News. The proposal involved a payroll tax penalty for large companies that pay their workers less than a certain amount. The aide said they're going to be looking at "all legislative avenues" in the future to get the minimum wage hike approved, and insisted, "we aren't going to just throw up our hands and walk away." "I expect that you'll be hearing a lot more about it this week, but it's not going to go away as an issue, certainly," the aide said.  The fate of the Democrats' proposed $15-an hour minimum wage hike has been in question since the Senate parliamentarian ruled last week that it couldn't be included in the massive $1.9 trillion economic relief package if that package is passed through...
    (CNN)The Senate could move as soon as this week to pass their own version of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill. That plan will, of course, look a little different than the House bill as it won't include the $15 an hour minimum wage. It also is not going to include the so-called Plan B drafted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden that would have penalized corporations that didn't increase wages on their own. That plan faced pushback in the Democratic caucus. It's a complicated provision. How do you select which companies qualify? How do you determine what the wage should be? Is it $15 or is it less to win support from people like Sen. Joe Manchin, the moderate Democrat from West Virginia? Those questions would have taken awhile to answer. It became clear over the weekend, according to multiple aides, there wasn't time for it....
    Donald Trump on Sunday weighed in on the debate about the Equality Act, which was passed by the House on Thursday, yet faces an uphill battle to win Senate approval and become law. Supporters of the bill insist it is designed to enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws. It amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics, meaning that a person's sexuality or gender identity cannot be used against them for employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas. Critics argue that, by removing the question of a person's biological sex at birth, they are allowing transgender men to compete in women's sport. The bill does not mention sport, and yet the issue has been seized on by Republicans, and was picked up by Trump at CPAC. Donald Trump on Sunday waded into the...
    New York : If the new stimulus package is approved by the Senate, more extra money will be given to the unemployed. Photo: Karolina Grabowska / Pexels The $ 1.9 billion relief package was approved by the House of Representatives this week. In the bill a third stimulus check is contemplated, but also unemployment checks of $ 400 extra per week that would be delivered until August of this year. This is important to be approved as soon as possible, since the extra $ 300 a week that is currently being given in unemployment benefits will expire on March 14. If the relief package is approved by the Senate, unemployed people will be able to receive $ 400 a week to support their expenses during the current crisis caused by the coronavirus. This would be an increase of $ 100 dollars compared to the $...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says lawmakers will have to take on federal minimum wage another time after a failed attempt to raise it in Washington D.C. U.S. House members passed their version of President Joe Biden’s nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, but the Senate’s bill will not include an increase the federal minimum wage. It was stripped out of the Senate version due to a procedural issue. READ MORE: Rep. John Thompsons New Bill Seeks To End Racial Injustice In Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (credit: CBS) Klobuchar said during an appearance on “WCCO Sunday Morning” that her fellow Democrats will address the topics in other ways. READ MORE: Hundreds Rally At Minnesota Capitol In Support Of Myanmar Protesters “We’ll have to consider that separately maybe in the next few months, in the next few weeks. There may be other ways to do it, but we need...
    Cuomo changes course and asks for selection of independent lawyer to review sexual harassment claims RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel says despite GOP divisions over Trump impeachment, the party overwhelmingly agrees on most issues The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill cleared a significant hurdle late Friday. But the relief proposal will need to overcome more obstacles over the next two weeks if lawmakers want meet a March 14 deadline for approval, before benefits dry up. © Provided by CNET Congress is working to complete the new stimulus bill by the middle of March. Sarah Tew/CNET The economic stimulus plan that passed in the House would send $1,400 checks to struggling families and individuals, expand child tax credits to lower-income families and extend federal unemployment benefits through August. But the fate of a $15 federal minimum wage is uncertain as the stimulus package moves to the Senate. © Sarah Tew/CNET The...
    New York : Although the economic stimulus bill passed in the House of Representatives, the majority leader in the Senate, Chuck schumer (New York), faces problems to obtain its endorsement in that chamber, although it assures that it will succeed. What to pay attention to? Entering the growing division among Democrats, pushed by senators Joe manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten sinema (Arizona), against the project, mainly the salary increase to $ 15 dollars. Help families The good news is that the $ 1,400 stimulus check is built in and is one of the programs that is least in danger of being pulled from the bill. There are also $ 3,000 dollars a year per child under 6 years of age and $ 3,600 dollars per child between 6 and 17 years old. Although the Republicans led by Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) are against those supports, it is no longer their...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged Trump endorses former aide against pro-impeachment Republican MORE (R-Ill.), one of the GOP’s most vocal critics of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE, said Sunday that the Republican party is “certainly not united” on its path forward. “We may be united in some areas… we don’t have to agree with everything the Biden administration is doing and so we’ll be opposition… but I think in terms of what is our vision for the future -- certainly not united,” Kinzinger said on CBS’ “Face the...
    Key facts: The SEC nominee, congressmen, mayors, and members of the Fed all have ties to bitcoin. These bitcoiners are expected to fight against beliefs opposed to bitcoin. For a few months, a growing number of officials who hold important public positions in the United States have been demonstrating in favor of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. We are talking about people who hold positions in organizations such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Congress and even the Federal Reserve. This is a group of officials whose speeches have differed, in a scenario where opinions contrary to the cryptocurrency ecosystem tend to predominate. Far from the repeated argument that associates bitcoin only with illicit activities, these people have expressed a higher level of understanding around the importance that this new technology acquires in society. Despite the fact that, in the media, there is talk of a kind of...
    New York : Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Drew Angerer / . The Senate is facing serious problems passing the $ 1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, due to divisions among Democrats and Republicans pushing against the minimum wage and funding to state and local governments. Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, the majority leader in the Senate, Chuck schumer (New York), faces problems keeping its caucus at bay, like senators Joe manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten sinema (Arizona). There are two problems to which Schumer must find a solution: how to respect the Budget Reconciliation rules to keep the promise of increasing the minimum wage to $ 15 and prevent your caucus from being divided and complicating the simple majority vote to endorse the aid package promoted by the president Joe biden. Manchin has become one of the biggest problems for Schumer,...
    The early ambitions of Joe Biden’s presidency are rapidly crashing through the barriers of archaic Senate rules, testing his will to reform an institution he reveres to deliver on many of the promises he made to Americans. It is a Washington dilemma with implications for millions of people in the real world and it determines everything from the future of raising the minimum wage to access to the vote. In addition, it will shape Biden’s ability to hold together two factions of the Democratic Party: the moderates in swing states who distrust the appearance of giving up bipartisanship, and the more progressive who argue that Republicans are not going to collaborate anyway. At the moment, Biden – who served as a senator for four decades and speaks of the institution with reverence, as well as with a certain revisionist air about the good old days of inter-party cooperation –...
    February 27, 2021 4:58 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. US President Joe Biden on Saturday urged the Senate to approve the fiscal stimulus package by ensuring that “there is no time to lose” and it is “necessary to alleviate” the deep suffering caused by the pandemic. “We have no time to waste. If we act decisively, swiftly and courageously now, we can finally defeat the virus,” Biden said in a short speech at the White House. This hours after the House of Representatives approved the package valued at 1.9 trillion dollars. The bill was approved with 219 votes in favor – all Democrats – and 212 against – the Republicans as a bloc plus two Democrats – this morning. “Now the proposal goes to the Senate, where I hope it will be dealt with quickly,” Biden said. He added that “the people of this country have suffered...
    New York : Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar called for Senate Rep. Elizabeth MacDonough to be fired for her rejection of raising the federal minimum wage. Photo: Stefani Reynolds / . By the end of next week The US Senate could vote for the Biden Administration’s “American Rescue Plan” that includes stimulus checks of $ 1,400 after the approval of the bill in the House of Representatives. Heights Security Analyst Hunter Hammond stated in an investigative note to investors cited by the CBS chain that the voting process in that legislative body will most likely extend for the weekend, and until the week that begins on March 8. If the measure passes by March 12, payments could begin to be released within a few days to a week, depending on how quickly it reaches Biden’s desk and Biden signs the legislation. The expectation of Democrats is to...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers were expected to vote Saturday on a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in 2024, but negotiations were running down to the wire. The bill is a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of color under current marijuana laws. Talks between Democrats in the House and Senate have been tense in recent days as the two chambers tried to work out significant differences between their versions of the legislation. Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, said Saturday that a compromise has been agreed to in principle by both chambers. Under the agreement, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will become legal in 2024, at the same time retail sales would begin and regulations would go into effect to control the marijuana marketplace in Virginia. Also included in the deal...
    The broad stimulus package proposed by the Biden administration will be forwarded to the Senate next week. JOe Biden on Saturday welcomed the adoption by the US House of Representatives of its vast stimulus package of 1.9 trillion dollars and urged the Senate to approve this text “quickly”. “If we act with determination, speed and daring, we can finally regain the upper hand against this virus, we can finally revive our economy,” pleaded the Democratic President. After hours of debate, the bill was adopted overnight in the lower house by 219 votes, all Democrats, against 212 (including two Democrats), the Republicans denouncing measures too expensive and poorly targeted. The text will be sent to the Senate next week, where the measure providing for an increase in the minimum income – up to $ 15 per hour, by 2025 – should be withdrawn. ” No time to waste...
    By DENISE LAVOIE and SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers were expected to vote Saturday on a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in 2024, but negotiations were running down to the wire. The bill is a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of color under current marijuana laws. Talks between Democrats in the House and Senate have been tense in recent days as the two chambers tried to work out significant differences between their versions of the legislation. Sen. Joe Morrissey, D-Richmond, said Saturday that a compromise has been agreed to in principle by both chambers. Under the agreement, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will become legal in 2024, at the same time retail sales would begin and regulations would go into effect to control the marijuana...
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 29, 2020.Erin Scott | Reuters The House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package, teeing up what is expected to be days of debate and political deal-making in and around the Senate. The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted largely along party lines early Saturday to advance the massive relief plan, which includes extensions to programs designed to assist millions of unemployed Americans and provides financial support for state and local governments. With the bill bound for a Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers will next week begin offering amendments to the House's plan and will likely pass a different version of the bill they received. Should that happen, the House will then have to pass the Senate's version...
    Dick Morris, The Western Journal February 26, 2021 0 Comments The defection of moderate Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin from the ranks of Democrats backing Neera Tanden’s confirmation as director of the Office of Management and Budget signals the erosion of Biden’s Senate control. The next chip off Biden’s Senate bloc came when the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the $15 minimum wage can’t be included in stimulus bill if the Dems plan on using reconciliation to pass it by a simple majority. Biden’s Senate losing streak looks to continue. Rachel Levine, Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health, might also not get confirmed. Levine, who is transgender, has come under fire from Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky for supporting gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for minors. Paul aptly compared it to genital mutilation of women. When Paul asked if Levine backed letting minors decide if they...
    New York : Families could receive up to $ 3,600 per child for one year. Photo: ADEK BERRY / . / . The House of Representatives approved the coronavirus aid bill early this Saturday that contemplates $ 1.9 billion dollars and a third stimulus check for $ 1,400. The proposal has been sent to the Senate, as Democrats rush to pass more aid before unemployment programs expire. This is President Joe Biden’s first major legislative initiative. Senators will now consider the pandemic assistance plan next week. Legislators will offer modifications and the House will likely pass a different version of the bill, meaning the House would have to pass the Senate plan or the chambers would have to come up with a final proposal through a committee. Democrats have a narrow majority in the House and Senate and have chosen to pass the legislation through...
    White House climate czar to AP: Texas storm a wake-up call Geordie shore: the river Tynes soft, gentle kittiwakes fly into trouble The House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package early Saturday, teeing up days of debate and deal-making in the Senate. The House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., voted largely along party lines to advance the stimulus plan, which includes jobless benefits for millions of Americans. With the bill bound for a Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, lawmakers will next week begin offering amendments to the House's plan. Democrats are rushing to send the bill to Biden's desk by March 14, when jobless benefits are set to expire. © Provided by CNBC U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 29, 2020. The...
    As Congress debated a massive coronavirus bill Friday night, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy derided the proposed $1.9 trillion package as "Pelosi’s Payoff Bill." McCarthy, R-Calif., further described the legislation as "Democrats’ costly, corrupt and liberal spending package," one that he claimed signified, "The Swamp is back." His remarks were issued late Friday by his office, with plans to deliver the comments on the House floor soon after. HOUSE TO VOTE ON BIDEN'S $1.9T CORONAVIRUS RELIEF PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES $1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS "Congress won’t actually vote on this bill until 2 a.m. Saturday," McCarthy said. "Why? Because Democrats are so embarrassed by all the non-COVID waste in this bill that they are jamming it through in the dead of night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Associated Press) "We ran the numbers," McCarthy added. "The amount of money that actually goes to defeating...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Feb 26US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & JohnsonU.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J's shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S. Vaccinations are picking up speed, but new supplies are urgently needed to stay ahead of a mutating virus that has...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar called on Democrats to abolish the filibuster and replace the Senate parliamentarian after a plan to raise the federal minimum wage in the latest coronavirus relief package was blocked. “Abolish the filibuster,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted Thursday. “Replace the parliamentarian. What’s a Democratic majority if we can’t pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable.” HAWLEY TO INTRODUCE $15 MINIMUM WAGE HIKE FOR BIG BUSINESSES Abolish the filibuster.Replace the parliamentarian.What’s a Democratic majority if we can’t pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 26, 2021 Omar’s tweet comes after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough blocked Senate Democrats from attaching a $15 minimum wage mandate to their coronavirus spending package via the reconciliation process. Omar joins several other prominent Democrats who have voiced frustration with Senate rules, including White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said President Biden is “disappointed” by the news. CLICK...
    Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package. 'I think all options should be on the table,' she told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the matter.  'I think the parliamentarian is verging on, you know, just really intruding in this legislative process in a very concerning way,' the Democrat from New York noted. Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that the House parliamentarian ruled the wage hike could be in that chamber's version of the bill. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package President Joe Biden said he respects the decision of the Senate parliamentarian as progressive pressure party  leadership to overrule the decision 'We have...
    Ted Cruz's colleagues mocked him over his ill-fated Cancun trip when he returned to work by posting memes in the Senate gym locker room which read 'Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted'.  Cruz and his family flew to Cancun from Houston during the worst of the Texas energy crisis after a winter storm last week.   He was slammed for the decision and returned in disgrace but he has been unapologetic about it, blaming it on his daughters and claiming he was just being 'a good dad'.  This week, when he returned to Washington, he was trolled by other lawmakers who, according to NBC, printed memes from his trip and posted them in the Senate gym locker room. Ted Cruz (pictured on Friday at CPAC) was trolled by fellow lawmakers who posted memes about his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room in Washington this week The signs read 'Bienvenido de...
    Taylor Swift has said that she has « her fingers crossed » that an important bill in favor of the rights of the LGBTQ + collective is approved in the United States Senate. The singer celebrated on Thursday night (February 25), after the House of Representatives voted 224-206 to pass HR 5 and S. 788, also known as the Equality Act. The proposed legislation will create federal protections for LGBTQ Americans against discrimination on the basis of « sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, » in a wide selection of areas including housing, employment, and access to public accommodations (such as restaurants and toilets). While the bill has passed the first chamber, it must now be approved by the Senate to become law. « YES !!! Fingers crossed and praying that the Senate sees trans and lgbtq rights as basic human rights, » Swift tweeted after the news was confirmed. Swift has been...
     Presented by Facebook     NEWS OF THE MORNING A Tale of Two Principals: Midterm elections are fought as referenda on the incumbent president. But that assumes that the last president has left the stage – and all signs indicate that won’t be the case next year.  Former President Trump re-emerges Saturday at CPAC, both in person and in the form of a golden statue. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE’s efforts to exorcise Trump from the GOP have failed entirely, and incumbents are already seeking his blessing; to whit, Trump late Thursday endorsed Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranPassage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Senate votes to hear witnesses...
    A Feb. 18 rally celebrating the California Labor Commissioner’s order for a McDonald's franchise to rehire and compensate workers who went on strike for coronavirus protections was held on Feb. 18, 2021.Lucy Nicholson | Reuters The fight for a $15 federal minimum wage just hit a major roadblock. On Thursday, nonpartisan Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough said that lawmakers cannot include the $15 federal minimum wage in legislation to be passed through budget reconciliation, challenging its inclusion in the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill working its way through Congress. The parliamentarian's ruling comes as the House prepares to pass the latest round of coronavirus stimulus and send it to the Senate. It was cheered by Republicans, who have opposed raising the federal minimum wage and Democrats' use of budget reconciliation. More from Invest in You:Smallest businesses getting extra PPP help. What to know before applyingBlack small-business owners are being left behind in pandemic,...
    New York : Independent Senator Bernie Sanders is one of the proponents of the Senate minimum wage increase. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . In the event that the increase to $ 15 in the federal minimum wage in the Senate of the stimulus package promoted by the Biden Administration is finally ruled out In keeping with the rule issued by the parliamentarian leading the processes, it has Democratic leaders and many disgruntled Americans. However, “one of lime and another of sand”, as a popular saying indicates. The move would also have its benefits in general terms. Democratic sources consulted by CNN considered that Excluding such provision from the ambitious $ 1.9 million “American Rescue Plan” will facilitate passage of the legislative package in the Senate. Far from legislative defeat, some connoisseurs of legislative red tape understand that Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision clears the way so that...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the most prominent figures slated to speak at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla. Cruz, 50, will deliver a speech titled "Bill of Rights, Liberty and Cancel Culture" Friday at 10:50 p.m., according to CPAC’s website. Other notable speakers on Friday’s slate include Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas. The Texas senator will speak about "cancel culture" amid intense criticism of his decision to take a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico, as his home state contended with dangerous winter conditions that left millions without power or water. Prominent critics, including Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, called on Cruz to resign following the trip. JOIN CPAC 2021 FROM HOME: HOW TO WATCH STREAMING CONTENT, EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE ON FOX NATION VideoCruz immediately flew back to Texas and later acknowledged that his trip was "obviously a...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Friday, Feb 26Democrats are ready to push through a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe Biden. A near party-line vote seemed certain on the measure, Biden's first crack at his initial legislative goal of acting decisively against the pandemic. In the year since the coronavirus has taken hold, it has stalled much of the economy, killed half a million Americans and...
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walk side-by-side to the Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol February 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images A bipartisan group of senators is urging Senate leaders to expand a key economic relief provision when the chamber takes up the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package next week. Nine lawmakers wrote Friday to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pushing them to boost the employee retention tax credit in the bill working its way through Congress. The policy, first implemented as part of the CARES Act last spring, aims to encourage companies to keep workers on payroll while the pandemic damages the economy. As structured now, businesses can claim refundable tax credits for 70% of eligible wages and health-insurance costs for up to $10,000 per employee each quarter. Employers...
    SENATE parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against Joe Biden’s $15 minimum wage provision in Covid-19 relief bill. MacDonough ruled that the proposal needs to be removed from the $1.9trillion coronavirus package as the way it was written, was considered ineligible. 1Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against Joe Biden's $15 minimum wage proposalCredit: AP:Associated Press Who is the senate parliamentarian? Lawyer Elizabeth MacDonough is the current senate parliamentarian, which is a nonpartisan role. She is also the first woman to hold the position. On Thursday, February 25, 2021, she ruled against Joe Biden's $15 minimum wage proposal in the Covid-19 relief package. MacDonough grew up near Washington DC and graduated from Greens Farms Academy in 1984. She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from George Washington University in 1988. She then got her law degree from Vermont Law School in 1998. MacDonough started her career in the Senate's library in 1990. She worked in the parliamentarian...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump if he's the 2024 GOP nominee for president, two weeks after declaring former President Trump "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events" of January 6. The Kentucky Republican said he will support any Republican who wins the nomination, even if that's Mr. Trump. "The nominee of the party? Absolutely," McConnell said on Fox News when asked if he would support Mr. Trump if he became the nominee.  McConnell said the field is "wide open" and "at least four" Senate Republicans are eyeing a bid.  Only two weeks ago, the top Senate Republican verbally skewered Mr. Trump for his role in the deadly January 6 assault on the Capitol, after voting to acquit Mr. Trump of inciting the insurrection. "Let me put that to the side for one moment and reiterate something I said weeks...
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks to reporters during a news conference in Washington, January 7, 2021.Erin Scott | Reuters The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package later Friday and send President Joe Biden's relief plan to the Senate. Both chambers aim to approve the bill and send it to Biden's desk before March 14, when key programs buoying millions of jobless Americans expire. Pitfalls await in the Senate, where a single Democratic vote against the plan would sink it and a decision barring lawmakers from including a $15 per hour minimum wage threw a wrench in the process. Democrats, wielding narrow control of Congress, opted to pass the legislation through budget reconciliation. The process enables them to approve the bill without Republican votes in the Senate but also restricts what lawmakers can include in it.  The plan contains:  A $400 per week...
     Presented by The AIDS Institute      Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Friday and the last one in February! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310; Wednesday, 502,660; Thursday, 505,890; Friday, 508,307. House Democrats today are expected to pass legislation that would spend nearly $2 trillion to tackle the coronavirus crisis with direct payments to Americans and money for schools to reopen, small business loans and extended unemployment benefits for some of the 10 million people who are struggling without paychecks.  Passage will give President BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in...
    The White House is losing control of its own messaging over Neera Tanden's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget as her confirmation by the full Senate seems more and more unlikely. Democrats have argued that Tanden's Twitter rhetoric, in which she sharply criticized Republican officials and even some Democrats, isn't any different from the online screeds of former President Donald Trump. But White House press secretary Jen Psaki has not sounded that message from the White House podium. Other than calling the nominee qualified and a beneficiary of government programs as a child that she would help oversee, team Biden has yet to explain fully why it is willingly taking so much bipartisan fire over this specific nominee and appearing so hellbent on sending what would be a politically damaged budget chief into such an important role. "When Neera Tanden testified just a few weeks ago, she...
    (CNN)At any other time, the imminent House passage of a gargantuan $1.9 trillion bill that addresses many of the foundational goals of a new presidency would be regarded as a smashing victory for a White House only six weeks into a first term.Yet the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, an ex-President's impeachment trial and a partisan split over the contents of the legislation have so far tended to obscure the Covid relief plan's significance.The bill, which the House of Representatives is expected to pass Friday with Democratic votes, has the symbolic weight and financial power to define what Biden hopes will be the post-pandemic period as it aims to quell the virus and trigger a rebound from the economic ruin in its wake. That remains true despite the Senate parliamentarian ruling Thursday that a provision raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour infringes the budgetary process known as...
    To the left wing of the Democratic Party, he is an obstacle in need of replacement by the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To the White House, he is a “key partner to the president.” It’s all part of the delicate dance with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The most conservative Democrat in the Senate, if not all of Congress, represents a state that twice voted for Donald Trump by more than 40 points. West Virginia is becoming an increasingly difficult place for Democrats to win elections. With the chamber split 50-50 between the two parties, he has become a crucial swing vote on legislation. For President Biden, himself a 36-year veteran of the Senate, the easiest path forward for his legislative agenda is to cultivate a relationship with Manchin. But the West Virginian is a major source of irritation to liberals who believe that with unified control of the elected...
    New York : Congressional Democrats suffered a critical defeat Thursday in their bid to preserve President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion financial aid package, after the Senate official said the rule enforcement officer said that the plan to increase the federal minimum wage could not advance as part of it, effectively removing a crucial piece from the plan, backed by progressive lawmakers. Elizabeth MacDonough, The Senate MP told senators and staff assisting them that the provision, which would gradually increase wages to $ 15 an hour by 2025, violated strict budget rules that limit what can be included in the package, two attendees told The New York Times on Thursday. The aides disclosed the ruling on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on it. The House is expected to vote on Friday on the economic stimulus package for the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic, with...
    Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In a major blow to Democrats’ plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, the Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the proposed increaser can’t be passed through reconciliation as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Democrats had hoped to include the minimum wage increase in a stimulus bill that could pass the Senate with a simple majority through a process called reconciliation, rather than with the 60 votes normally needed. The decision by the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, means that $15 hourly wage requirement cannot stay in the relief bill as written. It’s possible for Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, to overrule the parliamentarian, but the White House—along with the crucial moderate...
    Bill Clark/Congressional Quarterly/Zuma Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.In a major blow to Democrats’ plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, the Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the proposed increaser can’t be passed through reconciliation as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Democrats had hoped to include the minimum wage increase in a stimulus bill that could pass the Senate with a simple majority through a process called reconciliation, rather than with the 60 votes normally needed. The decision by the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, means that $15 hourly wage requirement cannot stay in the relief bill as written. It’s possible for Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, to overrule the parliamentarian, but the White House—along with the crucial moderate...
    Neera TandenNeera TandenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate MORE’s nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget looks more imperiled by the day, with a growing expectation that she could drop out as soon as Friday. The White House remains publicly loyal to Tanden, insisting they are not wavering from their desire to see her confirmed by the Senate. But if the plug gets pulled in the end, it will deal President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy...
    Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has already scuttled multiple progressive proposals, drawing the ire of some left-wing Democrats and the progressive commentariat.
    WASHINGTON -- The major order of business for President Joe Biden and Congress is to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package before the round of unemployment benefits and other aid approved in December lapse, again leaving millions of Americans short of help.What's riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden even before he took office, as well as that extra federal unemployment money. Democrats have said they will get a bill signed by mid-March.Three key things to know about the legislation proposed by House Democrats: It's massive. The latest package will run to about $1.9 trillion on top of about $4 trillion already approved under former President Donald Trump. See where that money went here. It's sweeping. The new bill would touch everything from direct stimulus payments and extending unemployment insurance to propping up the airline industry, giving new money for vaccines and...
    New York : Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Drew Angerer / / . Although the Majority Leader in the Senate, Chuck schumer (New York), ensures that the economic stimulus package is moving forward, there is a movement of congressmen that puts the approval of the $ 1.9 billion plan at risk. “A CNN report suggested that Republican leaders were ‘maneuvering’ to prevent all Republicans from supporting the US rescue plan, an exercise in pure partisanship,” Schumer accused at a press conference. Although the Democrats have a majority in the Senate, some members of the caucus, such as Joe manchin (West Viginia) has complicated the integration of the package and has reported that it could vote against unless the $ 15 salary increase is withdrawn. His proposal is $ 11 an hour. “$ 11 dollars is the right point to be … I would amend...
    (CNN)The major order of business for President Joe Biden and Congress is to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package before the round of unemployment benefits and other aid approved in December lapse, again leaving millions of Americans short of help. More on Covid-19 relief Here's what's in the House Democrats' stimulus relief plan Congress already approved $4 trillion in Covid relief. What happened to it? Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far What's riding on this negotiation is the $1,400 stimulus checks proposed by Biden even before he took office, as well as that extra federal unemployment money. Democrats have said they will get a bill signed by mid-March. Three key things to know about the legislation proposed by House Democrats: It's massive. The latest package will run to about $1.9 trillion...
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    New York : Elizabeth MacDonough has served in Congress for 22 years. Photo: linkedin / congress.gov / . Although the congressmen pass the laws, there is a team behind that is, so to speak, the most important in their elaboration. They are experts who make sure that the writing of a project is correct, but above all that it does not violate other regulations. In the case of economic stimulus package of $ 1.9 trillion, Elizabeth macdonough It is the leading voice for legislators, since the advancement of the rule promoted under the Budget Reconciliation will depend on it. MacDonough has been an attorney and a US Senate MP since 2012, the first woman to hold that critical and technical position. Congressmen hold her in high regard and respect her work, no matter who controls the Senate. She claims that she focuses her work on...
    The United States House of Representatives will vote this Friday for a new economic stimulus package of 1.9 trillion dollars, with a great chance of being approved by the Democratic majority. Miami World / Diario Las Americas Democrats approved in early February a motion that allows the plan to be adopted by a simple majority, without the need to reach the usual 60 votes for decisions of this magnitude. Negotiations continue in the Senate – the next scale of the initiative – on some thorny points, such as raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. The head of the Democratic majority of the House, Steny Hoyer, affirmed this Wednesday in a press conference that he will submit the plan to a vote in the plenary on Friday. Democrats have a small majority among legislators, while in the Senate they have the same number of seats as...
                         Presented by The AIDS Institute     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310; Wednesday, 502,660; Thursday, 505,890. Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is effective at preventing moderate and severe cases of COVID-19, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday, paving the way for the shot to potentially be approved for emergency use this week and for shots to be administered to Americans next week.   According to...
    February 25, 2021 7:16 AM | Albert Traver (EFE) 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, has been in power for more than a month, but has half the Cabinet, since the Senate has only confirmed 9 of its 23 members and has at least one in check . Biden himself regretted this Wednesday having so few of his nominees sitting around the Cabinet table. At this point, most of the previous presidents had the full Cabinet or almost. However, the blockade of the Republicans at the beginning of the mandate, the impeachment of Donald Trump and the weak Democratic majority, delayed its composition. With Democrats counting 50 seats in the Senate, the same as Republicans, Biden cannot afford a single desertion from their ranks in strategic voting. A delicate balance that will surely haunt you during your tenure. In fact, it was West Virginia Democratic...
    The debate is technical but concerns a large number of policyholders. After many attempts, the reform of the compensation scheme for natural disasters, known as “Cat Nat” voted in first reading in the National Assembly on January 22, is now under consideration in the Senate. The text is far from being fixed and points of the bill could be reworked by the parliamentary shuttle, especially in the Senate, which has always been at the forefront of reflections in this area. The “Cat Nat” scheme has been in existence since 1982 and allows disaster victims, primarily farmers, to be compensated in the event of climatic events deemed to be exceptional. It is quite unique in the world and solid, because it is highly pooled (a quota is taken from each insurance contract to supply a compensation fund, managed by a public reinsurer, the Caisse centrale de réassurance). But it is...
              The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a resolution Tuesday that would change the way the state’s Attorney General and Reporter for Tennessee is selected. Senate Joint Resolution 1 would make the current process for nominating the attorney general more transparent and give the Tennessee General Assembly a say in the selection through a change to the Tennessee Constitution. SJR 1 passed the nine-member Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday with a 6 to 3 vote. Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), who is the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman and the sponsor of SJR 1, explained part of the reason for his proposal in a statement issued after Tuesday’s vote. “This is one of the most important appointed positions in the state.  The State Attorney General has over 340 employees and a budget of over $50 million, not to mention the important decisions that are made which affect the...
    New York : The stimulus project contemplates $ 20,000 million for vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Photo: JOEL SAGET / . / . House Democrats plan to pass the coronavirus aid bill worth $ 1.9 trillion on Friday, as lawmakers try to prevent unemployment benefits from expiring next month. “The American people strongly support this bill and we are moving rapidly to see it signed into law,” House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday night. The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS‘ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law. – Steny (Wear a Mask) Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) February 24, 2021 Package includes direct payments of $ 1,400 to most Americans, a...
    White House Chief of Staff Ron KlainRon KlainCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter MORE said he “respects” Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Haaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing Democrats in standoff over minimum wage MORE’s (D-W.Va.) right to oppose the nomination of Neera TandenNeera TandenHaaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill MORE to lead the Office of Management and Budget amid increasing signs she won’t be confirmed in the Senate.  Manchin, as well as a number of centrist...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Wednesday, Feb. 24Biden choice for budget chief faces new hurdles in CongressThe increasingly slim odds - and surprisingly thin outreach from the White House - for Neera Tanden's nomination as head of the Office of Management and Budget are raising growing questions about how long the president will stick with her, in an early test of how he will use his limited political capital.In the latest sign of trouble for Tanden, two Senate panels slated to take up her nomination, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...
    Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services, sought to defend himself Wednesday from accusations that he has harassed nuns in court. During confirmation hearings, Becerra was pressed by Republicans over his efforts as California attorney general to force the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns, to provide contraceptives to employees through a mandate promulgated by the Obama administration. In defending himself, Becerra said that he had not sued nuns. “Americans have different deeply held beliefs on this particular issue, and I absolutely respect that,” Becerra said in the Senate Finance Committee hearing. “By the way, I have never sued the nuns, any nuns. I have taken on the federal government.” Becerra's claim is technically right in that he did not sue the nuns directly. Yet he did pursue litigation that had the effect of bringing...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell A bipartisan Senate inquiry into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is underway, but it’s unlikely to be the only major investigation. Congressional leaders are also talking about a bipartisan commission like the 9/11 Commission, though there’s disagreement on what that would look like. Democrats are reportedly drafting a bill to set up a commission with 11 members: two chosen by each of the top congressional leaders in the two parties (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell) and three chosen by President Biden, with one of Biden’s choices serving as chair. McConnell, however, is unhappy with that plan, describing it as a “bizarre partisan construct.” A competing Republican bill would have each of the top four congressional leaders appoint two members, Biden appoint a chair, and McConnell appoint a vice chair....
    Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that the Democrats won the majority in the House and Senate and Joe Biden won the presidency because they promised to pass coronavirus relief that that would include a $15 federal minimum wage. Jayapal  said, “I just keep reminding everybody that we won the Senate majority, the House majority and the White House because black, brown, indigenous, poor working people across this country were crying out for help and for a change in leadership and they were willing to give Democrats one more shot at really trying to get them the relief that they deserve and that they need. And I’ll tell you that moral argument right now actually did do a lot to keep people together in terms of what Democrats promised on the campaign trail and what we now have to deliver.” She continued, “You know we...
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    Unfortunately, the world is not a very peaceful or safe place for many individuals. From conflict to abuse to exploitation, there is so much cruelty inflicted on both humans and animals. While this can get disheartening and difficult to hear about, petitions are a great way to use your voice for good. Just by signing one, you are a part of helping those who are not treated fairly. You can even share them with your friends and acquaintances to increase your impact. Through petitions, we can reach those in power and demand justice for others. They are valuable tools for making positive changes in the world. If you are looking for a way to help animals and humans, here are 10 petitions you should sign this week, including Expel Ted Cruz from the Senate, Pass the Keeping All Students Safe Act, and Protect Gray Wolves From Extinction We want...
                                Presented by The AIDS Institute     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310; Wednesday, 502,660. Top security officials involved in the response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol pointed fingers, blamed “intelligence failures” and argued that the Pentagon left officers vulnerable to the deadly attack on the Capitol complex.    Lawmakers grilled top officials on Capitol Hill, eager to lay blame for...
    New York : Raising the minimum wage could lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty but cut 1.4 million jobs. Photo: Justin Sullivan / . The stimulus package to enact the American Rescue Plan came out Monday from the House Budget Committee and now it is scheduled to be voted on in plenary later this week. The package of $ 1.9 trillion proposed by President Joe Biden contemplates a third stimulus check for $ 1,400. So far the House of Representatives is following Biden’s original plan quite closely. The fate of the bill will now go to the House Rules Committee and then reach the plenary session of the House where it is expected that Democrats, led by President Nancy Pelosi, approve it next Friday or Saturday. So far the commission has not made any major changes. However, one of the modifications of the Biden plan...
    A park named after founding father Benjamin Franklin in Washington has been renamed to honor Rosa Franklin, the state's first African American woman to serve in the state Senate. Metro Parks' Board of Commissioners in Tacoma unanimously voted to change the park's name in Franklin's honor on Monday, according to a column in The News Tribune. She served as a member of the Washington State Senate from 1993 to 2010.  The 93-year-old Rosa Franklin, a former nurse and longtime parks supporter, said she was 'so appreciative'  of the unexpected honor at Monday night's meeting, the outlet reported. Rosa Franklin, 97, was the state's first African American woman to serve in the state Senate Franklin, right, served as a member of the Washington State Senate from 1993 to 2010 Rosa Franklin Park, pictured, will now be the second park in Tacoma named after an African American 'Are you sure?' Franklin...
    Former Capitol security officials clashed publicly on Tuesday over the events surrounding last month’s deadly assault on the Capitol complex, casting blame at the intelligence community and the Pentagon while delivering conflicting accounts of how the tragedy unfolded. Here are five takeaways from the day’s proceedings. Congress will need to probe contradictions There were major discrepancies between former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving as they recounted their actions before and during the Jan. 6 attack. The two officials couldn’t even agree whether a phone call had taken place between them as rioters were breaking into the building. Sund testified that two days before the attack, he approached both Irving and then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger to request aid from the National Guard. Irving said he was concerned about the “optics” of a military presence at the Capitol and didn’t feel the intelligence supported it, according...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb .23Capitol defenders cite missed intelligence for deadly breachOfficials who were in charge of Capitol security at the time of last month's riot have testified that missed intelligence was to blame for the failure to anticipate the violent mob. The invaders stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, interrupting certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory over Republican Donald Trump.Then-president Trump had urged them to protest the certification at a rally minutes earlier. The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police told lawmakers on Tuesday that...
    All 27 Republican members of the Tennessee Senate have signed a letter to the state's public university system telling officials to prohibit students from kneeling during the national anthem, after a men's basketball team did so last week.  East Tennessee State University's basketball team provoked uproar on February 16, when, prior to a game at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, they collectively dropped to one knee as The Star Spangled Banner began playing.  The team's coach, Jason Shay, has since insisted that his players didn't intend to disrespect the nation's flag or members of the US military, and were instead attempting to prompt discourse about racial injustice. However, the demonstration did not sit will with Republican lawmakers in the state, who have repeatedly voiced their outrage over the players' act of peaceful protest in various meetings, television interviews and in social media posts in the days since. The unrest...
    (CNN)Former officials who were responsible for security at the US Capitol testified Tuesday at the first congressional hearing about the failure to prevent the deadly insurrection on January 6, admitting some failures but also deflecting blame to other security agencies, saying that the FBI did not provide any warnings beforehand that there would be a coordinated assault.Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC.Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing.Communication failures put lives at riskOne of the most stunning revelations came from Sund, who told lawmakers that he only learned this week about a bombshell FBI memo sent one day before the insurrection with an explicit warning about potential violence. Read MoreThe much-discussed "Norfolk memo," named...
    (CNN)Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Joe Biden a bipartisan victory and one that could scuttle the bill in the Senate if any Democrat breaks ranks.But the move amounts to a political risk for Republicans with polls showing clear majorities of Americans supporting an emergency rescue package and with the economy still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. So Republicans now plan to begin an urgent public relations push to argue that the bill is bloated, poorly targeted and contains a hodgepodge of measures aimed at pleasing the Democratic base -- a message that party leaders discussed with their members at a private GOP lunch on Tuesday and that they plan to echo in the days ahead, attendees say. "If the Democrats continue down the path they're on, and...
    A seasoned diplomat who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Barack Obama’s administration, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, 68, was confirmed by 78 votes to 20 in the upper house, which has the power to approve or to reject presidential nominations. The Senate also confirmed by an overwhelming majority on Tuesday Tom Vilsack, 70, as Minister of Agriculture, a post he had held throughout the Obama presidency (2009-2017): 92 votes in favor and seven against . Other members chosen by Joe Biden for his cabinet face stronger resistance, including his candidate to head the Ministry of Health, Xavier Becerra, who spent Tuesday on the grill of senators in committee. “We will study Mr Becerra’s testimony today but I find it hard to see how such a radical and underqualified candidate could take such a crucial position at such a critical time” of the Covid-19 pandemic , said Leader of...
    Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore a hot pink sweater that said “Dangerous Creature” while presiding over the Senate Tuesday afternoon. During her time presiding over the Senate, Twitter users continued to point out Sinema’s attire. At one point, Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney approached Sinema and said to her: “You’re breaking the internet,” to which she responded by saying: “Good.” “You’re breaking the internet.” — @SenatorRomney to @kyrstensinema about her DANGEROUS CREATURE shirt. “Good,” Sen. Sinema replied. pic.twitter.com/nSzLOM7PVK — The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021 No joke: @SenatorRomney just walked up to @kyrstensinema and was overheard on the floor mics saying: “You’re breaking the internet.” https://t.co/b8dV5ZM8Ra — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) February 23, 2021 Sinema also gained a lot of attention for wearing a purple wig on the Senate floor in May of 2020. (RELATED: A US Senator With Purple Hair? Krysten Sinema’s New Look Is Causing...
    Some reporters Tuesday noticed Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D- AZ) wearing a shirt with the words “DANGEROUS CREATURE” on it while presiding over the Senate. Kyrsten Sinema is presiding over the Senate wearing a shirt that reads “DANGEROUS CREATURE.” pic.twitter.com/ESJcmpWBp8 — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 23, 2021 While presiding in the U.S. Senate, @SenatorSinema wears a shirt which reads: “DANGEROUS CREATURE” pic.twitter.com/vQCfjWfBLz — Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) February 23, 2021 But then, minutes after tweets about Sinema’s shirt spread around on Twitter, Senator Mitt Romney (R- UT) walked up to her and could be heard on a hot mic saying the words, “You’re breaking the internet.” Senators — they’re (sorta kinda but not really) just like us. You can watch the clip of Romney and Sinema above, via C-SPAN 2. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)On Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would not support Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's pick as director of the Office of Management and Budget.Four days later, Tanden's nomination appears all but doomed, as the White House continues to express confidence in her chances publicly while scouting for replacements in the event they have to pull her nomination.Welcome to Joe Manchin's Washington.  With the Senate split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris in place to break ties, Democrats have operational control over the chamber.But the truth of the matter is that Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate caucus, has more power -- to direct the path of legislation and the fate of nominees -- than even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. And with his move on the Tanden nomination, it appears as though Manchin is both willing and able to use his power...