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    President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties in the White House on Feb. 11, 2021.Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to strengthen gun laws on the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence," Biden said in a statement released by the White House. The president called for several provisions including background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and eliminating legal immunity for gun manufacturers. "This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer," Biden said. "We owe it to all those we've lost and to...
    Savannah Rychcik February 14, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is marking the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting by urging Congress to enact “commonsense gun law reforms.” “For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones,” Biden wrote in a statement on Sunday. He added, “Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.” Biden explained how families of Parkland have taught the nation to turn grief “into purpose.” He said Americans can “march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.” Read his statement below: Todays the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and Biden has released a statement this morning calling on Congress "to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales [and] banning assault weapons...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to institute "commonsense gun law reforms," including widespread firearm sales background checks and a ban on assault weapons -- highlighting an "epidemic of gun violence" in the US on the third anniversary of the deadly Parkland school shooting."Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets," Biden said in a statement."This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call," the statement reads. "We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer."The call from Biden comes three years after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, leaving 17...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump acquittal: 'Substance of the charge is not in dispute' White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter Trump conviction vote exposes GOP divide MORE called on Congress to pass "commonsense gun law reforms" on Sunday in a message marking the third anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence," Biden said in a statement released by the White House. In the statement, the president called for several specific provisions to be adopted into legislation by Congress, including an end to legal immunity for gun manufacturers, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and an expansion of federal background checks.  "This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call" from Parkland activists and other young Americans,...
    On the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, President Biden called upon Congress to "enact commonsense gun law reforms." In a Sunday statement, Biden recalled the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, including 14 students. "For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones," he said. "They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay." Nikolas Cruz, the suspected lone gunman in the shooting, has pleaded guilty in hopes of avoiding the death penalty, and his trial has been...
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) addresses reporters in the Capitol on February 10, 2021.Greg Nash/CNP via ZUMA Wire 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.Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Republicans who voted Saturday to convict former President Donald Trump with inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol, explained her decision in a scathing statement Sunday morning.  “The facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising,” Murkowski said. “President Trump had set the stage months before the 2020 election by stating repeatedly that the election was rigged, casting doubt into the minds of the American people about the fairness of the election.” In her more than 800 word statement, Murkowski outlines Trump’s lies after election day about...
    Disability groups plead for vaccine Biden calls on Congress to reform US gun laws Congress should lower top income threshold for COVID-19 stimulus checks, analysis shows Congress should lower the top income threshold for married couples to receive a $2,800 stimulus check to $100,000 from $150,000 because it would help the vast majority of households make ends meet at significantly less cost to the federal government, according to an analysis by Morning Consult. Joe Biden introduces $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan with $1,400 stimulus checks USA TODAY See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company can spy on you while you work from home Veuer Major companies suspend social media advertising over online...
    New York : Democratic leaders in Congress. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . In reality, the process of integrating the economic stimulus package against COVID-19 the former president was not arrested during the political trial Donald trump, although now congressmen can focus one hundred percent. The bad news is that starting this Monday, the congressmen have a “state work period” scheduled, which means a break from their work in Washington, although the committees could continue with remote meetings on some issue of the $ 1.9 trillion dollar package, but no major decision would be made. This means that the stimulus check of $ 1,400 and various grants for businesses, state and local governments, schools, as well as more funds to fight the pandemic will take longer to be approved. Last week, the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives, chaired by Richard Neal (Massachusetts),...
    FAMILIES could get stimulus $300 stimulus checks for kids under the age of six as part of Joe Biden's stimulus package. The proposal by Congressional Democrats would see monthly payments beginning in July and running through until the end of the year. 3The proposals have been adopted as part of Joe Biden's stimulus packageCredit: EPA They have been adopted by Joe Biden as part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal currently been mulled over by lawmakers, The Child Tax Credit bill would provide $3,600 per child under the age of six and $3,000 per child aged six to 17, the Washington Post reports. The legislation is spearheaded by Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. “The pandemic is driving families deeper and deeper into poverty, and it’s devastating," said Neal in a statement. "This money is going to be the difference in a...
    LOS ANGELES - Following the acquittal Saturday of former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, Trump’s future in politics remains uncertain. Fifty-seven senators voted to convict him, including seven from his own Republican Party — falling short, however, of the 67 votes needed for conviction. Trump was found not guilty of inciting violence against the U.S. government after his supporters stormed Congress on Jan. 6, enraged by Trump’s false charge that Joe Biden stole the election. Democrats said Trump’s responsibility was clear. Seven Republicans agreed, but others said there was not enough evidence. A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 71% of U.S. adults, and half of Republicans, believe Trump is partly responsible for the riots. One man named Zach said he supported impeachment. “Everything he’s been doing is trying to ruin the very fragile voting system we already have that’s already been beaten down quite a bit,” he said....
              A Democrat congressman from Tennessee known for his hyperbolic attacks against former President Donald J. Trump does not appear to be slowing down, despite the fact that Trump no longer holds office. “It was clear to me from jump street that Trump was the worst person in the world and responsible for orchestrating the insurrection,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said on Twitter. “It was a self-produced alternative show to his electoral defeat and he enjoyed watching it. He’s a narcissistic sociopath!” It was clear to me from jump street that Trump was the worst person in the world and responsible for orchestrating the insurrection. It was a self-produced alternative show to his electoral defeat and he enjoyed watching it. He’s a narcissistic sociopath! #HoldTrumpAccountable pic.twitter.com/QIRFViMUe8 — Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 13, 2021 Cohen attached a video of Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial in...
    House impeachment managers argued Saturday, as throughout former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, that Congress is exempt from the Constitution. Lead manager Rep. Raskin (D-MD) said that because this was not a criminal trial, the legal requirements for “incitement” did not apply, the right to due process did not apply, and even the cherished First Amendment did not apply. In effect, Raskin argued, Congress was exempt from following constitutional principles. Last year, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the same argument. Due process did not apply to the president in impeachment, he said, and therefore it did not matter that the president could not cross-examine witnesses, or call the so-called “whistleblower.” The House had clearly violated the president’s First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights, but Schiff told the Senate that Trump should have been grateful for the few protections he had. That is not how Congress used...
    On Saturday, the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection against the U.S. government. Moments after the upper chamber reached its decision, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said that she won’t move to censure Trump. As The Hill reported, speaking to a group of reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi ripped into Republican senators for refusing to hold the former commander-in-chief accountable and argued that it would be pointless to censure him. “Censure is a slap in the face of the Constitution. It lets everybody off the hook,” Pelosi said. “Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did and what was at stake for our country are now going to have a chance to give a little slap on the wrist?” “We don’t censure people for inciting insurrection that kills people in the Capitol,”...
    (CNN)On Friday, senators recognized Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman's courage and gave him a standing ovation for risking his own life to save theirs on January 6.A day later, when it came time for the senators themselves to show courage, however, they folded and acquitted former President Donald Trump in a 57-43 vote — 57 members voted "guilty," but the tally fell 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction.The audacity.Trump stoked his followers to storm the Capitol January 6 and then twiddled his thumbs as he watched the seat of our representative democracy under siege. He dragged his feet as men and women inside the Capitol sprang to theirs in fear. Many lawmakers were left to fend for themselves against a mob that made clear it intended to show them no mercy.This was no triumph for TrumpBut mercy they did receive in the form of valiant police...
    Nancy Pelosi crashed the House impeachment manager's post-trial press conference Saturday to rage against Mitch McConnell and call out Republicans' 'cowardly' vote to stop Donald Trump from being convicted for 'incitement of insurrection'. 'It had not been my intention to come to this press availability,' Pelosi said as she spoke to reporters on the fifth and final day of the Senate proceedings. 'But what we saw today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options because they were afraid to defend their job – respect the institution in which they serve.' 'But why I came over was because I listened to Mitch McConnell,' Pelosi continued. McConnell took the Senate floor shortly after Democrats failed to earn the two-thirds votes needed to convict the former president – and the Republican leader argued Congress no longer had jurisdiction over Trump's actions because is no longer president. Pelosi angrily recounted...
    At first, in a vote that caused moments of confusion in the Upper House, the 50 Democratic senators and five Republicans, of the 100 seats in all, voted in favor of the motion to allow the calling of witnesses. The change came after news that Trump told a Republican leader in Congress during the deadly assault by his supporters last month that the mob was “more upset” by his electoral defeat than lawmakers. Before the vote, closing arguments by House lawmakers, who serve as prosecutors, and Trump’s defense attorneys were expected to end on Saturday, after a week-long trial. A longer trial could slow down Democratic President Joe Biden’s efforts to put the controversies surrounding his predecessor behind him and push his own legislative agenda on COVID-19 relief and economic revival. Much of this week’s trial has focused on how much Trump knew about the insurgents’...
    A longer trial could slow down Democratic President Joe Biden’s efforts to put the controversies surrounding his predecessor behind him and push his own legislative agenda on COVID-19 relief and economic revival. Much of this week’s trial has focused on how much Trump knew about the insurgents’ actions when they swept through Congress on January 6 seeking to prevent lawmakers from certifying the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November election. Herrera Beutler, one of 10 people from his party who voted last month in the House of Representatives in favor of Trump’s impeachment, related in a statement late Friday the details of a call between Trump and the top Republican of the House, Kevin McCarthy. “‘Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,’” Beutler quoted Trump as saying. The representative said Trump had initially denied that his...
    New York : More than a third of Americans surveyed in a recent poll indicated that they will save money $ 1,400 stimulus check expected to be approved in the United States Congress before mid-March. The results of the study conducted by Morning Consult at the request of Bloomberg were released Thursday. Statistics suggest that 34% of Americans are inclined to save money that would be part of the aid programs included in the “American rescue plan” for the coronavirus and not spend it immediately. This represents an 11% increase compared to the use made of the first check of $ 1,200. In the case of the first stimulus payment under the CARES lawOther surveys revealed that most recipients spent the check in the first few days after receiving aid. Comparatively, in the survey released this week, 30% of those interviewed indicated that they will use the funds to...
    The Law of Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination presented by the PSOE will arrive this tuesday to the plenary session of the Congress of Deputies, despite criticism from United We Can and the Ministry of Equality, who have accused the PSOE of failing to comply with the government agreement by presenting the text without their approval. On January 21, the PSOE registered in Congress the bill on Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination, to the surprise of United We Can, which assured that the text did not have his approval nor with that of the Ministry of Equality, “competent in the matter”. The Ministry directed by Irene Montero has denounced that the presentation of this bill by the PSOE “breaches the government agreement”, in addition to appearing “unilaterally, breaking seven months of negotiations.” For their part, from the PSOE they have explained that Podemos knew “perfectly” that the proposal was going to...
    With the result of the second impeachment charade a forgone conclusion in Washington, let us now turn to the final partisan tool remaining in Democrats’ torture closet: The 14th Amendment. This amendment allows Congress to banish from future federal office any current or former politician deemed by congress to have “engaged in insurrection.” Its adoption after the Civil War was designed to prevent officers or political leaders of the Confederate regime from being elected to Congress or the presidency. In a normal world, it would be impossible for Congress to punish a man for engaging in “insurrection” after Congress had just acquitted the same man of engaging in the same insurrection. Or, as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently called it on the Senate floor, “inciting the erection.” But this is Washington and the man in question is former President Donald Trump, whose Latin name is Swampus Horribilis. Gripped by hatred and fear of their long, partisan nightmare, Democrats in Congress today seek...
    Former President Donald Trump is said to have had a telephone conversation with Kevin McCarthy in the House of Representatives during the attack on Congress. It writes CNN, Which cites several unnamed sources that summarize McCarthy’s conversation. In the conversation, McCarthy reportedly insisted that opponents were Trump supporters and begged Trump to stop them. – Video handled However, Trump refused to ask the protesters to stop attacking Congress, in response to: – Well Kevin, I think these people (protesters, author’s note) are more upset about the election than you are, according to the Trump Channel. New details Worst Condition: At a news conference on Thursday, February 11, Joe Biden condemned the work done by Donald Trump on the vaccine. Video: Abby See also McCarthy is said to have been cursed in Trump’s opinion, to which he responded: – Who do you think you are talking to? The conversation...
    DONALD Trump's lawyer said Hillary Clinton could be impeached as a private citizen if Congress sets a new "precedent" with Trump. Lawyer Michael van der Veen made the comments during Trump's impeachment trial on Friday, in response to a question from Sen Marco Rubio. 4Donald Trump's second impeachment trial is underwayCredit: Reuters 4Lawyer Michael van der Veen said Democrats were setting a 'precedent' with the trialCredit: AP:Associated Press "This could happen to ... the former secretary of state," Van Der Veen said. "It could happen to a lot of people. That's not the way this is supposed to work. Rubio, a Florida Republican, asked if "under this new precendent, facing calls to 'lock her up,' a future House could impeach a former Secretary of State and potentially disqualify her from any future office?" "If you see it their way, yes," Van Der Veen said, referring to the House impeachment managers....
    The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on January 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day's impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman's 'foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety.' The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal - the highest honor Congress can bestow - by unanimous consent.  Goodman, 40, has also been promoted to Acting Deputy House Sergeant-at-Arms.  Senators and staff give a standing ovation to U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman Goodman was awarded on Friday the highest Congressional honor for his bravery Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and...
    WASHINTON -- The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on Jan. 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day's impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman's "foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety."The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal -- the highest honor Congress can bestow -- by unanimous consent, meaning there were no objections. Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation. He put his hand on his heart.EMBED More News Videos U.S. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman warned Republican Sen. Mitt Romney...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on Jan. 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day’s impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman’s “foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.” The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal — the highest honor Congress can bestow — by unanimous consent, meaning there were no objections. Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation. He put...
    In the end, ex-President Donald Trump’s legal team ended up sounding just as extremely online as the former leader of the free world used to sound, before he got banned from Twitter. On Friday, Trump’s team of lawyers—over the course of just a few hours—laundered many of his pet grievances and some of preferred conspiracy theories through their official legal strategy at his second Senate impeachment trial. Early on in his presentation, Michael van der Veen, one of the Trump lawyers, insinuated that it was left-wing anarchists or “Antifa” that had been behind much of the Jan. 6 mob violence, mirroring Trump’s own embrace of a baseless internet theory that Antifa had “framed” Trump supporters. The legal team railed against “cancel culture”—they dubbed “constitutional cancel culture,” presumably for the occasion—reflecting one of the whinier closing messages of the 2020 Trump campaign. At the trial, in a montage of Democratic lawmakers,...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ban health care providers from offering special access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Seattle Times reported Friday that Washington Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Suzan DelBene, D-Medina organized and wrote the Thursday to HHS acting secretary Norris Cochran. The letter asks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add an “explicit ban on preferential access” to the agreement that vaccine providers must sign with the federal government before they can receive and administer vaccine. The letter cited reporting in several states, including Washington, that found instances of special access to those with influence. The Seattle Times reported in January that three medical systems in the region — Providence Regional Medical Center, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics and EvergreenHealth — gave special access to...
    The Guantanamo Bay detention facility is again under scrutiny as President Biden looks to fulfill a campaign promise, which was first made by former President Barack Obama, to close the prison and relocate some 40 terrorist collaborators despite congressional opposition. “We are undertaking an NSC process to assess the current state of play that the Biden administration has inherited from the previous administration, in line with our broader goal of closing Guantanamo,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said on Friday. Horne explained that a variety of key policy positions must first be filled within the national security agencies, including the Defense Department, State Department, and Justice Department, before headway can be made on possibly shuttering the facility, which has been the target of Democrats' ire since shortly after former President George W. Bush's administration began sending terrorist leaders and operatives there following the 9/11 attacks. “There will be a...
    The Guantánamo detention facility is again under scrutiny as President Biden looks to fulfill a campaign promise – first made by Barack Obama – to close the prison and relocate some 40 terrorist collaborators despite congressional opposition. “We are undertaking an NSC process to assess the current state of play that the Biden administration has inherited from the previous administration, in line with our broader goal of closing Guantanamo,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said Friday. Horne explained that a variety of key policy positions must first be filled within the national security agencies, including at the Defense Department, Department of State and Justice Department before headway can be made on possibly shuttering the facility, which has been the target of Democrats' ire since shortly after the George W. Bush administration began sending terrorist leaders and operative there following the 9/11 attacks. “There will be a robust interagency process...
    Nikki Haley 'disgusted' by Trump but still wants Congress to 'give the man a break'
    While the Senate and the nation were glued to former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, House lawmakers plowed ahead on a massive coronavirus aid spending package and minimum wage hike. They want President Biden to sign it into law before the middle of March when enhanced unemployment benefits expire. House committees, run by Democrats, advanced the $1.9 trillion measure in pieces. Simultaneously, across the Capitol, House Democratic impeachment managers prosecuted the case against Trump, charged with inciting an insurrection that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senate Democrats emphasized their work on the aid bill even as the party worked to convict Trump in the Senate trial. "It was said a few weeks ago in all the punditry and everywhere else that the impeachment trial would throw a wrench into President Biden's early agenda," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters. "We...
    More stories about the Capitol riot The acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police said the department is humbled by news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will introduce legislation awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal for protecting the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. Pelosi said Thursday that she will sponsor the legislation that will also recognize other law enforcement personnel for their role in safeguarding the Capitol and members of Congress as they were overrun by supporters of former President Donald Trump, The Associated Press reported. Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation. “To have our police officers’ bravery acknowledged at a time when they’re experiencing tremendous emotions and exhaustion is a gift. We have too many heroes to count and we are humbled Congress may recognize them in this way,” acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement Thursday. Pittman said she wanted...
    MANY Americans plan to save rather than spend stimulus checks included in a relief bill that President Joe Biden is pushing Congress to pass. Biden’s $1.9trillion coronavirus relief bill offers direct payments of up to $1,400, that would be the third stimulus checks going out to Americans since the start of the pandemic.  4More than one-third of Americans would save their third stimulus checks, according to a surveyCredit: Getty Images - Getty A Morning Consult survey released on Thursday found that more than one-third, 34 percent, of Americans said they would save a significant amount of the check if they got one.  More people are planning to save the third stimulus checks than the first two direct payments, the survey commissioned by Bloomberg News found. Furthermore, 11 percent of Americans planned to put the checks into their savings accounts, 30 percent wanted to put it toward food, 22 percent would...
    Loading the player... Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is being overseen by two Black lawmakers who have become integral figures in the Democratic party. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named nine congressional democrats to prosecute the case against Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Joe Neguse and Del. Stacey Plaskett, the two Black lawmakers selected, have emerged as breakout litigators during the Senate trial. They are both making history in their management roles. He is the youngest impeachment manager and she is the first non-voting delegate. (Credit: U.S. House of Representatives) Read More: New video shows Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman saving Mitt Romney Neguse, the son of immigrants, is the co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and was first elected to Congress in 2018. He represents Colorado’s 2nd district. His victory marked the first time an Eritrean-American became a member...
    (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced legislation on Thursday to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to US Capitol Police officers and law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol during the violent insurrection on January 6, the highest honor that Congress can bestow."The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes deserve and demand our deepest appreciation," Pelosi said in a news release introducing the legislation.The legislation comes at the same time members of the House are in the Senate, arguing in the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The former President was impeached by the House last month on one charge of inciting an insurrection for his comments and actions leading up to the insurrection.In bringing forth the legislation, Pelosi reflected on the officers whose lives were lost and the countless others who were injured in the riot. The speaker also singled out the heroism displayed by Officer Eugene Goodman,...
    Loading the player... The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has long championed the constitutional rights of all Americans, which include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and one’s right to privacy. This week, the nonpartisan organization launched its multi-year initiative, Systemic Equality, which specifically challenges the Biden-Harris administration to bring forth policies that will address the needs and concerns of Black and Indigenous citizens across the nation. Read More: Biden considers Dr. Lisa Cook to be first Black woman on Federal Reserve Board: report (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The Systemic Equality plan also definitively targets America’s history of racism and oppression by way of working to strike down discriminatory laws that present barriers to the people they harm most. Coupled with advocacy efforts on the local level, Systemic Equality will also aim its efforts in dousing the still-warm embers of Jim Crow across the South with a focused core of...
    The U.S. Army is reportedly considering changes to the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) three years after announcing a new “gender-neutral” scoring system. The new test would score soldiers on a service-wide percentile basis that is separated by gender, according to Task & Purpose. “We had this big thing of inclusion but this is one of the biggest eyesores that goes against inclusion,” an anonymous Army official reportedly told Task & Purpose. NEW: Slides put together for senior Army leaders provide a glimpse at potential ACFT changes — including removing the MOS-specific standards and placing soldiers’ scores in Army-wide percentiles separated by gender.https://t.co/Gf4xNknT3p — Haley Britzky (@halbritz) February 11, 2021 Slides obtained by Task & Purpose outline potential changes to the ACFT that the Army would implement in their “ACFT 3.0.” Congress ordered the army to stop performing the ACFT as part of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act...
    Reuters February 11, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden promised U.S. senators from both major parties on Thursday to work together to modernize aging U.S. infrastructure, after his predecessor Donald Trump failed to win approval for a major funding effort. Biden plans to ask Congress this month to invest heavily in infrastructure amid studies showing close to half of U.S. roads are in poor or mediocre condition and more than a third of U.S. bridges need repair, replacement or significant rehabilitation. “We’re going to see what we can put together,” Biden said at an hour-long White House meeting that included Vice President Kamala Harris and key senators. “There’s a lot we have to do…. We just have to step up.” The focus on infrastructure signals Biden, a Democrat, will seek to prioritize some policy areas that appeal to both parties, after his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package winds its...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday did not rule out bringing legislation to bar former President Donald Trump from office if he is not convicted at the ongoing Senate impeachment trial.  Democratic senators have discussed in recent weeks that if they cannot secure the 67 votes needed to convict Trump -- and bar him from holding office in a subsequent simple-majority vote -- that they might invoke the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to do the same.  Schumer, New York's senior Democratic senator, was asked about the possibility in a press conference ahead of the impeachment trial proceedings Thursday.  "We're first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next," Schumer replied.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a press conference about student debt outside the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew...
    AP 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.During his opening presentation for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead House impeachment manager, dubbed the former president the “inciter-in-chief.” That came across as a clever phrase, and it certainly fit the known and basic facts: For two months, Trump inflamed his supporters with conspiracy theories and lies claiming the election had been robbed from him by a nefarious cabal; he called his followers to Washington, DC, on January 6 for a “wild” day; and that day he delivered a fiery speech to a crowd full of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, QAnon-ers, and Christian insurrectionists, urging them to head to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to “stop the steal.” But as Raskin and his team have detailed all...
    House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiStacey Plaskett becomes first non-voting delegate in history to serve as impeachment manager The Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial GOP leaders on three committees push Pelosi on stimulus markups MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President BidenJoe BidenFormer Republican officials in talks to form center-right anti-Trump party: report Biden raises concerns with Xi in first call with Chinese leader as president Castro: Trump further incited the mob 'against his own vice president' MORE would not address a joint session of Congress until coronavirus relief legislation is passed. “We won't be doing any of that until we pass our COVID bill. That's the first order of business,” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference. Pelosi said that the Sergeant at Arms and the Attending Physician would be making recommendations about how to have a joint session in a safe way amid the coronavirus pandemic and increased...
    Republican Claudia Tenney of New York was sworn in Thursday as a member of Congress, reclaiming a seat she lost two years ago and then regained — barely — after one of the nation’s most protracted vote counts. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, delivered the oath of office Thursday morning to Tenney in the House chamber in a brief, socially distanced ceremony. “Congratulations, you are now a member of the 117th Congress,” said Pelosi, a Democrat. Tenney reclaimed her job representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District — which runs down the middle of the state from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border, between Syracuse and Albany — from Anthony Brindisi, the Democrat who narrowly ousted her from office two years ago. The rematch was even closer than their last fight. Tenney, 59, built a substantial Election Day lead based on votes cast at polling stations, but her advantage shrank...
    New York : Democrats are moving forward with the integration of the stimulus package in Congress. Photo: Mark Wilson / . Although the $ 1,400 stimulus check remains the most talked about item in the economic stimulus plan against COVID-19There are other aids that are just as important, such as supporting low-earning workers with more income. Such is the case with the Earned Income Tax Credit for people without qualifying children, which would help expand eligibility in a plan known as the “Childless EITC”. This would allow an aid of $ 1,502 to be applied, a significant increase, since it is currently $ 543. “In particular, the minimum age to claim the EITC without children is lowered from 25 to 19 (except for certain free-time students) and the upper age limit for the EITC without children is eliminated”, indicates the bill of the House of...
    More On: obamacare Biden to issue executive actions expanding ObamaCare, Medicaid access Medicaid is hemorrhaging $100B on Americans ineligible for the program ObamaCare’s last stand: High court opens arguments on ACA Latest Supreme Court case on fate of ObamaCare kicks off on Tuesday The Department of Justice informed the Supreme Court that it would no longer back challenges to Obamacare, reversing the Trump administration’s stand that the health-care law was unconstitutional and should be struck down. ​ The letter from ​deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler on Wednesday said the department does not support a lawsuit filed by a number of Republican attorneys general, that the entire Affordable Care Act must be scrapped because Congress did away with the individual mandate.  “Following the change in Administration, the Department of Justice has reconsidered the government’s position in these cases,” Kneedler wrote to the court.  The ​Biden administration “no longer adheres to the conclusions...
    Lawmakers are taking a stand against harming kangaroos! Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., two United States representatives, introduced the Kangaroo Protection Act in February. The act would ban the sale of kangaroo body parts. Nike, Adidas, Puma, and other companies trade in kangaroo skins to manufacture soccer shoes and cleats. Second to the European Union, the U.S. purchases a significant fraction of kangaroo parts. Groups including Animal Wellness Action, Animal Wellness Foundation, Center for a Humane Economy and SPCA International, the Michelson Center for Public Policy, and others applaud the efforts to ban the sale. “Commercial shooters kill roughly two million wild kangaroos a year to profit from the trade in their skins, despite the availability of alternative fabrics that are of similar or better quality. While California has banned the sale of kangaroo products, enforcement of this inhumane practice is lacking,” said Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif....
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    Brave and speaking to a pan-Belarusian popular assembly of 2,700 apparatchiks from all over the country, he judged that Belarus had “suffered a most cruel attack from outside”. “But the Blitzkrieg failed, and we have retained (control of) the country”, he assured this congress to which no detractor of the regime was invited, which must debate two days during the future plitico -economico-social of the former Soviet republic for five years. At the height of the protest movement in 2020, the biggest wave of protests since coming to power in 1994, the Belarusian president promised to present institutional and constitutional reforms at this assembly. On Thursday, he simply asked delegates to “think about” it. “We must carefully study the issues of development of society, the role of citizens in the political life of the country, and think about the possibility of correcting the basic law,” Lukashenko said. “Another Lukashenko”...
    New York : The third stimulus package would include a minimum wage of $ 15. Photo: ASHRAF SHAZLY / . / . House leaders on Monday rejected a proposal to send $ 1,400 stimulus check only to people earning less than $ 50,000 a year, keeping in place the income levels that were used to determine who was entitled to the two previous stimulus payments. The request that the third stimulus check be directed to fewer people has sparked struggles within the Democratic Party, with progressives calling for the checks to go to people who received the first two and moderates, such as Senator from West Virginia Joe Manchin, who has requested a greater tax restriction, was reported by NBC News. On Monday, House Ways and Means Speaker, Democrat Richard E. Neal unveiled legislation that would send the full stimulus payment to people earning $...
            by Dan Gelernter  In the 1960s, Moscow inaugurated special “ZiL Lanes” or “Chaika Lanes.” Named after the Soviet limousines reserved for high government officials (the ZiL was a copy of the ’63 Lincoln, the Chaika a copy of the ’56 Packard) these were roads that, like the limousines, were reserved for high government officials. ZiL Lanes allowed the Nomenklatura to whiz from the Kremlin to their country dachas in comfort, while their inferior comrades were stuck in jams on the Kutuzovsky Prospect. The Soviets built several ZiL Lanes, and the one along the Kutuzovsky Prospect is still in use today serving Putin’s pals. Earlier Americans took a different approach. A possibly apocryphal story of George Washington’s inaugural ball has it that someone had brought him a stool or podium to speak from, but the general feeling in the room was that the president—even Washington—was just...
    House impeachment managers on Wednesday aired previously unseen footage of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as part of their prosecution in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The footage, which was gleaned from security cameras within the U.S. Capitol complex, shows rioters breaking through exterior windows and coming dangerously close to confronting several members of Congress while inside. See the footage below: Tags: Washington, D.C., Congress, impeachment
    Democratic impeachment managers aired previously unseen police dispatches and video footage from the storming of the U.S. Capitol in order to demonstrate how close Donald Trump’s rioting supporters came to members of Congress and their staff. Among the new evidence of Trump’s incitement of insurrection, the most astonishing footage showed Eugene Goodman warning Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) of the approaching danger, just before the Capitol Police officer had his heroic encounter with the insurrectionists. Representative Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) aired security footage from Jan. 6 showing Goodman running by Romney while the siege on the Capitol was underway. The footage had no audio, but Plaskett explained that Goodman shouted at Romney to get to safety since the mob was getting closer to the Senate chambers. Plaskett then moved on to footage from the first floor of Congress, where Goodman encountered the rioters before bravely leading them away from the...
    The Trump team's plan was to assemble a horde of far-right Trump supporters at the Capitol precisely as senators would meet to formalize Biden's win—and they spent millions to make sure it happened. The insurrection on Jan. 6 was planned by Donald Trump and his allies. It did not occur in a vacuum. Trump broadcast long before the election that if he lost he was going to claim the election was stolen from him. Trump's allies were quoted after his loss, anonymously and not, describing what the "plan" was each step of the way, as they alleged invisible fraud in each swing state Trump lost and came up with each new rationale why the votes from those states should be nullified. After each state certified its vote totals and electors, the Trump team's game plan was, openly, to demand that Congress itself throw out non-Trump electors in sufficient numbers as to nullify...
    Former independent counsel Ken Starr says the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is an "unconstitutional process" and sets a "very dangerous precedent" because Trump has already left office. "Every literate member of the audience can pull the Constitution, can read the key sentence: ‘Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than removal,’" Starr said on "America’s Newsroom" on Wednesday, quoting the U.S. Constitution. "The natural reading of that ... is what impeachment was meant to be and historically has been." LIVE UPDATES: TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL DAY 2 TO KICK OFF WITH DEMOCRATS MAKING THEIR CASE Starr referred to the case of Richard Nixon, who was not impeached after resigning from the presidency. "In the most relevant historical precedent, that is the resignation of Richard Nixon, it was over," Starr told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino. "There was no suggestion that, well, we need to continue this process and try...
    (CNN)An estimated 11.4 million workers will lose their unemployment benefits between mid-March and mid-April unless Congress passes its next coronavirus relief package in coming weeks, a new study has found.More on Covid-19 relief Why you shouldn't expect another stimulus check for weeks - if at all Democrats want to give parents cash instead of a tax credit Here's what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden's stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far Out-of-work Americans will start running out of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits next month. Some 4 million people will see their benefits expire in mid-March, while the payments of another 7.3 million folks will lapse over the following four weeks, according to a report from The Century Foundation, released Wednesday.Democratic lawmakers began unveiling their next relief legislation this week, advancing President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion...
    Former college football player Bo Hines is taking on a longtime, 77-year-old North Carolina congresswoman with promises of term limits and a focus on tech censorship. Hines enjoyed a short, successful stint playing football at North Carolina State before hurting his shoulder, and then transferred to Yale to finish his undergraduate degree. The 25-year-old promises to “fight against the tyranny of mobs and big tech companies that want to take away our God-given rights. “ Former college football player Bo Hines is taking on a longtime, 77-year-old North Carolina congresswoman with promises of term limits and a focus on tech censorship. Hines is completing his law degree from Wake Forest virtually as he travels across North Carolina to gain support from his constituents, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation. He enjoyed a short, successful stint playing football at North Carolina State before hurting his shoulder, and then...
    New York : Representative Richard Neal and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Photo: SAUL LOEB / . / . The House of Representatives’ draft stimulus package includes the $ 1,400 per child or dependent, expanding the previous benefit of the CARES Act and legislation passed in December. This amount is additional to check for $ 1,400 per person whose income is a maximum of $ 75,000 dollars per year, or $ 2,800 dollars per couple who report income for a maximum of $ 150.00 dollars. “The credit is $ 1,400 for a single taxpayer ($ 2,800 for joint taxpayers), plus $ 1,400 per dependent”, indicates the project released by the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Richard Neal (Massachusetts). The document establishes that a dependent can be a child or not, which would allow helping people who have their parents or siblings as...
    JOE Biden said he wants to "get Americans back on their feet" last night - as Democrats say the third round of stimulus checks could arrive in less than a month. Supporters hope to accelerate the President's $1.9trillion Covid relief package through Congress so money can reach people as soon as possible. 3President Joe Biden wants to 'get the American people back on their feet'Credit: AFP or licensors 3The third stimulus checks could be weeks away if a bill clears CongressCredit: Getty Images - Getty However, it will still take weeks for the IRS to process and issue the millions of $1,400 payments once the bill is passed. Biden - who has vowed to "act fast" on hardship caused by the pandemic - met business leaders at the White House yesterday. He tweeted: "This afternoon, I met with business leaders from across the country to discuss the state of...
    WASHINGTON - The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has pumped new life into a long-running discussion among government policy makers over whether the U.S. needs a new domestic terrorism law. The debate stems from what many see as a yawning gap in the existing law: the absence of a standalone statute that criminalizes domestic terrorism. While U.S. law makes it a crime to provide “material support” to a foreign terrorist organization, there is no comparable law that makes domestic terrorism a federal crime, even though individual acts committed by domestic terrorists may be illegal. Now, in the wake of the January 6 insurrection blamed in part on members of far-right groups involved in violence, proponents of a new domestic terrorism law say it is now time to act. In this image from video, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives...
    New York : Greg Rubenacker smoking in Congress Photo: US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of NY / Courtesy The FBI arrested Greg Rubenacker, a DJ from Long Island (NY), after identifying him as one of the robbers at the National Capitol because he published images of him smoking marijuana in the rotunda of the federal building. The announcement was made by prosecutors yesterday, the same day that the trial in Congress began of former President Donald Trump for his alleged incitement to insurrection January 6th, in opposing the electoral certification of Joe Biden. Rubenacker, a resident of Farmindale, was charged with disorderly conduct, among other charges, he noted. Pix11. He posted videos of himself storming the Capitol and smoking inside the rotunda, prosecutors said. He was the last arrested nationwide among dozens of Trump supporters identified in the assault on the Capitol, many...
    Shock during the impeachment to the former president of the United States, Donald Trump. During their first speech at the impeachment, the Democrats showed a video that reconstructed the assault on the Capitol last January, causing a great silence in the hemicycle while some Republicans looked away. It happened during the speaking time of legislator Jamie Raskin, the Democratic leader of the impeachment, in his attempt to show that Trump’s rhetoric fueled the violence of his loyal followers in the attack on the United States Congress, which left 5 dead. Raskin has asked his Republican opponents to be aware of the “cold and hard facts“That Donald Trump encouraged and that they reject his defense. In his judgment, continuing with that position” is an invitation for the president to do what he wants “and even use” violent methods “to keep from detaching himself from power. The video ...
    EFE videos Tension and denunciation of the coup mark the first year of the takeover of the Salvadoran Congress San Salvador, Feb 9 (EFE) .- The political tension that El Salvador is experiencing in the face of the February 28 elections rose in tone this Tuesday in the framework of the first year since President Nayib Bukele entered Congress with armed soldiers, after an opposition deputy asked to evaluate the president’s capacity to govern. Bukele called this action an “attempted parliamentary coup.” The rise in the confrontation between the Bukele government and the Legislative Assembly, which has an opposition majority, occurs a few weeks after the country holds its municipal and legislative elections, in which the ruling party is expected to take control of Parliament. Congressman Ricardo Velázquez Parker, from the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena, right), asked Congress to apply the constitutional procedure to determine Bukele’s mental capacity. “We have...
    EFE videos Tension and denunciation of the coup mark the first year of the takeover of the Salvadoran Congress San Salvador, Feb 9 (EFE) .- The political tension that El Salvador is experiencing in the face of the February 28 elections rose in tone this Tuesday in the framework of the first year since President Nayib Bukele entered Congress with armed soldiers, after an opposition deputy asked to evaluate the president’s capacity to govern. Bukele called this action an “attempted parliamentary coup.” The rise in the confrontation between the Bukele government and the Legislative Assembly, which has an opposition majority, occurs a few weeks after the country holds its municipal and legislative elections, in which the ruling party is expected to take control of Parliament. Congressman Ricardo Velázquez Parker, from the Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena, right), asked Congress to apply the constitutional procedure to determine Bukele’s mental capacity. “We have...
    Miami : The United States Congress began a historic process on Tuesday, the second impeachment against President Donald Trump, charged with a single charge: “incitement to insurrection.” A year ago, the Republican was exonerated by a Senate controlled by his party. Trump was then accused of trying to interfere in the US presidential elections by urging the government of Ukraine to open an investigation into his then political rival and now president, Joe Biden. This time, the process is due to the indictment – approved by the House of Representatives, which points to Trump for having inflamed his followers during a speech in Washington DC, on January 6, shortly before he a mob will storm the Capitol with the purpose of preventing the certification of Biden’s electoral victory by Congress. Now, a year after that first impeachment, neither Congress nor the country are the same: Democrats control both...
    (CNN)It was an absolutely stunning 13 minutes.From the moment lead House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) introduced a video showing the events of the January 6 US Capitol attack right until it ended with a note on those who were killed and injured as a result of the riot, it was impossible for me not to watch -- even as I was sickened, saddened and angered by what I saw.The video juxtaposed the staid proceedings of affirming the Electoral College vote inside the House and Senate with the chaos growing outside the building -- as then-President Donald Trump urged attendees of a massive "Stop the Steal" rally to march down to the Capitol and fight to keep Democrats from stealing the election.(Sidebar: There is zero evidence that the election was fraudulent or stolen.)As those two realities merged -- with protesters knocking over the police and rushing the doors where members...
    Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., unveiled a bill this week that would block Capitol authorities from installing permanent security fencing around the complex in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot. Norton said she has contacted Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yoananda Pittman "over the phone and in writing strongly opposing her recommendation for permanent fencing." The congresswoman has argued that permanent fencing would limit public access to the Capitol. "In the year 2021, we should not be relying on security theater based on 19th-century ideas when state-of-the-art options and old-fashioned preparation and cooperation among security forces could have prevented the events of January 6," Norton said in a statement. "My bill banning permanent fencing will help put the needed focus back on security options that don’t wall off the Capitol like a fortress that needs to be protected from the people we represent." VideoCongressional lawmakers were forced to flee...
    Because the deadline for collecting citizen support for independent candidacies for federal councils ends in four days, the activist Samuel González announced that it implemented the modality of Uber Signatures, which consists of collecting support at home. In a statement, Samuel said that he will carry out a 4X24 exercise, which will be based on intense 24 hours for 4 days, where a group of volunteers will carry out brigades looking for González to appear on the ballot on June 6. In fact, a Drive Thru module was installed for the collection of signatures in the center of Monterrey, and to participate in either of these two modalities, it is enough to send a direct message to González’s social networks. The candidate for the seat called on the population to join this effort that seeks a representation of the people in the Congress of the Union, where projects...
    “This trial has a personal dimension,” he said, barely holding back his sobs. “I hope he reminds America how much of a personal matter democracy is.” The elected representative of the House of Representatives buried his 25-year-old son on 5 January who, suffering from depression, had committed suicide a few days earlier. The next day, he had invited his youngest daughter, and the husband of her eldest child, who wanted to stay with him “during this upsetting week” to accompany him to Congress, where he was to participate in the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. When supporters of Donald Trump burst onto Capitol Hill, they were separated. “My kids hid under a desk to send their last texts and whisper their farewells over the phone. They thought they were going to die,” he said. When Jamie Raskin found them, he...
    February 9, 2021 3:07 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. Donald Trump will be the first president in the history of the United States (USA) to face 2 political trials or impeachment in the Senate. Before him, Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton also faced investigations that jeopardized their continuity in the White House, without for now having prospered in any case. Johnson and a controversial firing The list opened with Johnson, appointed for dismissing his then Secretary of War, Edward Stanton, in 1867. The Office Ownership Law stipulated that the president could not remove officials at this level from their posts without first obtaining authorization from the Senate. Johnson initially backed down after the intervention of Congress, but in 1868 he ended up pushing Stanton aside. Three days after this dismissal, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the opening of a political trial against...
    Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pre-pandemic. House Democratic leadership has brushed aside the deficit peacocks like Sen. Joe Manchin trying to impose austerity on survival checks in their $1.9 trillion bill fulfilling President Biden's American Rescue Plan. They released legislation late Monday proposing sending the $1,400 survival checks at the same level as previous payments, starting the phase out at $75,000 for an individual, $150,000 for couples. Manchin and others, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins, had been pushing to start the phase out at $50,000. House Democrats have been coordinating with the White House, so it's likely that Biden signed off on this and moving ahead without regard to what Republicans are demanding. In a nod to Manchin, however, the drop-off for incomes higher than $75,000/$150,000 will be sharper than in previous rounds with the cutoff at $100,000/$200,000. But here's an important correction: it will...
    FOR many Americans, the third stimulus check as part of the coronavirus relief package can't come soon enough. But just how much longer eligible people will have to continue to wait for the $1400 payments remains up in the air as negotiations intensify between the Democrats and Republicans. 3Joe Biden said his administration remains committed to $1,400 stimulus checks as part of its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.Credit: AFP or licensors 3That amount, when coupled with the $600 payments approved in December, would bring the total of recent relief to $2,000Credit: Getty Images - Getty There are three things that need to happen for the next stimulus checks to end up in the pockets of Americans. First, lawmakers and leaders have to agree on a suite of qualifications that govern who will and won't get the full stimulus check amount. Second, the bill has to pass both chambers of Congress and third, the IRS will have...
    Thirty Senate Democrats are requesting that top Capitol officials expand mental health resources in the wake of the January 6 attack, where a violent mob breached the building.  Democrats sent a letter on Tuesday—spearheaded by Sens. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ to let companies pay for environmental projects again to reduce fines | House Democrats reintroduce green energy tax package Overnight Defense: Army details new hair and grooming standards | DC National Guard chief says Pentagon restricted his authority before riot | Colorado calls on Biden not to move Space Command Colorado delegation wants Biden to stop Space Command move to Alabama MORE (Colo.), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democratic senators unveil bill to reform Section 230 | Labor board denies Amazon request to delay local union vote | Robinhood lifts restrictions on GameStop, other stocks Democratic senators introduce bill to limit Section 230 protections Hillicon...
    A national advocacy group is putting six figures behind a new ad campaign pressuring Congress to include paid family and sick leave in the COVID-19 relief package. The ad from PL+US, which will run in Washington, D.C., during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNN’s “Situation Room,” features emotional testimony from paid family leave advocate Mai Ton recounting her personal experience of having a newborn child at a time when her father was dying. “This pandemic has definitely taught us about taking care of each other,” Ton says. “I can tell you from experience the year I had my daughter, I lost my dad. Emma was growing, whereas my father was fading, and so they would take naps together holding hands. I still get emotional talking about it. You don’t go to work leaving everything behind. We’re all going to go through life and death after this pandemic. We can’t go back...
    Washington (CNN)Congress has authorized nearly $4 trillion in spending over the past year to help address the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but only about $3 trillion of it has been spent. Roughly a third of that money went directly to struggling families through stimulus checks, expanded unemployment payments and food stamps. That leaves about $1 trillion that hasn't been disbursed yet, even as President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to approve another $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package. Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief packageAdministration officials say the risk of doing too little is far greater than the risk of going too big, while many Republican lawmakers -- and at least one well-known Democratic economist, Larry Summers -- are concerned about the price tag of Biden's plan. A group of 10 GOP senators have proposed a $618 billion package, which would narrow the...
    Democrat Anthony Brindisi, who had stolen this seat in a region near Syracuse from Claudia Tenney during the 2018 legislative elections, publicly conceded defeat, in a tweet, after fighting in court against the confirmation of the victory of its rival, by only 109 votes. “It is time to turn the page on these elections (…) and to build a more united country for our children,” he said on Monday. Mrs. Tenney thanked him. “He graciously offered to help with a smooth transition and I look forward to working with him in the next few days,” she said. Mr. Brindisi had pointed out numerous dysfunctions in the way local authorities conducted the elections, notably preventing more than 2,400 people from taking part in the polls. But after three months of examining them, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that the valid ballots counted did grant Ms. Tenney the...
    Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Monday that former President Donald Trump’s lawyers have three fundamental principles to argue in his impeachment trial beginning Tuesday, not the least of which is that the Senate can’t violate the Constitution to convict him. Dershowitz, who defended Trump in his first impeachment trial a year ago, also said Trump’s attorneys should argue several points against the charge of “incitement to insurrection,” referring to when he spoke to supporters on Jan. 6 in Washington before some breached the U.S. Capitol. First, he said, that the Senate has no jurisdiction over a former president, if they did, they could convict any former office holder such as former President Bill Clinton without any statute of limitations. Secondly, Trump’s speech to supporters in Washington claiming election fraud was constitutionally protected. But he said the Trump team should also argue that the Congress cannot...
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Democratic U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi conceded Monday that it was "time to close the book on this election," hours after New York officials certified Republican Claudia Tenney's razor-thin victory in the nation's last undecided congressional race.  Brindisi's statement came three days after a state judge ruled that Tenney won the race for central New York's 22nd Congressional District by 109 votes. Brindisi said he congratulated Tenney and offered to make the transition as smooth as possible after several months of legal wrangling over the results.  "It has been the honor of a lifetime serving my hometown, the place I grew up and am raising my family," Brindisi said in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, this election and counting process was riddled with errors, inconsistencies and systematic violations of state and federal election laws."   FILE - Anthony Brindisi speaks to supporters on election night at the Delta...
    United States Capitol (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Loading the player... Democrats on a pivotal House panel have proposed an additional $1,400 in direct payments to individuals, bolstered unemployment benefits and more generous tax breaks for families with children and for lower earners as Congress began piecing together a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Monday. Read More: President Biden urges Congress to expedite stimulus payments: ‘We don’t have a second to waste’ The plan is expected to closely follow President Joe Biden’s proposed package to address the tolls of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 460,000 Americans, and the nation’s still staggering economy, which has lost 10 million jobs since the crisis began last year. Biden, less than three weeks into his presidency, has declared that defeating the virus and fixing the economy are his top priorities. President Joe Biden is shown meeting with Democratic senators in...
    Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT) told Breitbart News Saturday that a Joe Biden administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress will give Americans the ability to see the downside of “socialism and Marxism.” Owens spoke to Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle as the Biden administration has advanced anti-American energy policies such as stopping the Keystone XL pipeline and stopping gas and oil permits on federal lands. The Democrat-controlled Congress has pushed for increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Burgess told Breitbart News Saturday that Americans will see a “contrast” between the Republicans’ agenda of “freedom and opportunity” compared to the Democrats’ Marxist vision. “We have been hearing a long time about the downside of socialism and Marxism and what it can do, and nobody ever succeeds out of it. There’s always misery, sometimes if we feel it and understand it, and I think that we have a two-year window” to see the Democrats’ agenda,...
    Loading the player... For those who have been waiting for their next stimulus checks, It appears President Joe Biden is now urging Congress to expedite them. He says that there when it comes to providing Americans with financial relief from the COVID-19 pandemic, the time is now. Immediately following his inauguration, Biden proposed his $1.9T stimulus proposal and has been pushing to gather support for it ever since. READ MORE: NYC nursing home accused of giving veteran patients experimental virus drugs “We don’t have a second to waste when it comes to delivering the American people the relief they desperately need,” the president tweeted. “I’m calling on Congress to act quickly and pass the American Rescue Plan.” We don’t have a second to waste when it comes to delivering the American people the relief they desperately need. I’m calling on Congress to act quickly and pass the American Rescue Plan.— President...
    Congress is hoping to rev up the transportation sector with billions of dollars in new funding. Democrats, who control both chambers of Congress, are planning to offer more than $50 billion in assistance to airlines, railroads, and other forms of mass transit following a sharp decline in their use during the pandemic. The funding is provided by the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal and will allocate $30 billion to transit agencies, $14 billion to passenger airlines, $8 billion to airports, $1 billion to airline contractors, $1.5 billion to Amtrak, and $3 billion to a program assisting aviation manufacturers with payroll costs, Reuters reported after a review of draft legislation and a briefing with knowledgeable sources. The travel sector has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in countless would-be travelers opting to remain at home. Boeing and its suppliers have cut thousands of manufacturing jobs since...
    The head of the Constitution Commission, Luis Valdez, sent an official letter to the President of Congress, Mirtha Vásquez, to suggest that those signed by law that are observed by the Executive Power can be analyzed in the working group that he presides. In this document, the APP congressman expressed his concern, since three norms approved by Parliament have been declared unconstitutional by the constitutional Court. This is the law for the automatic promotion of health personnel, the return of contributions to the ONP and the suspension of the collection of tolls. “In order to reduce these risks that affect the expectations of all Peruvians and the image of Parliament, in my capacity as president of the Constitution and Regulation Commission, I propose that those autographs observed by the Executive for alleged violation of constitutional provisions, such as the one that protects consumers of financial services from usury, among others;...
    Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) received criticism over the weekend when she showed support for the rioters inside a St. Louis jail. “Inmates at the City Justice Center​ broke windows, started fires and tossed debris onto the sidewalk for hours beginning early Saturday morning after a prisoner and a guard got into a scuffle,” the New York Post reported Sunday. In a tweet posted Saturday, Bush quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., writing, “‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’ – Dr. MLK Jr.” “I want to talk to my constituents in the window,” she continued. “Their lives and their rights must be protected. My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored”: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. MLK Jr. I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their...
    Bradley Cortright February 8, 2021 0 Comments House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is blasting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for suggesting certain House Democrats should be punished for comments they made before taking office.  During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Schiff was asked if he is concerned that House Republicans would seek to punish Democrats over past controversial comments after the chamber voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments over her comments she made before entering Congress.  “Kevin McCarthy stands for nothing except the perpetuation of his own position. He has no values, and in my view, cares about little except for hoping to be speaker one day,” Schiff said on Sunday. He went on to defend the decision to punish Greene by stripping her of her committee assignments. “If members of either party are threatening violence against other members of the...
    Republican lawmakers in the House introduced legislation last week dubbed the OMAR Act to address the circumstances surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) paying her husband’s consulting firm $2.8 million during her campaign for a House seat. Conservative congressmembers filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and now hope to prohibit enriching relatives through the campaigning process. “For too long, lawmakers of both political parties have engaged in the ethically dubious practice of pocketing campaign funds by ‘hiring’ their spouses and laundering the money as campaign-related expenses,” Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) said in a statement. The Washington Times reported on the bill: [Omar] told supporters after the election that she would cut ties with E Street Group, headed by her husband Tim Mynett, to avoid any “perceived issue,” but the sponsors of the legislation said that the problem is bigger than any single candidate. The Oversight for Members and...
    New York : Senator Patty Murray. Photo: Zach Gibson / . A report from the Congressional Budget Office, which is not partisan, notes that the increase to $ 15 dollars to the national minimum wage it offers more benefits than damage to the economic system, as some detractors point out. Senate debates the president’s bill Joe biden to achieve the increase, although the president has recognized that could be withdrawn from the relief plan of $ 1.9 trillion. The report, released by The Washington Post, notes that approval of the plan “would significantly reduce poverty and increase the income of millions of low-wage workers, while increasing the federal deficit and reducing employment overall.” The Democratic Senator Patty murray (Washington), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Work and Pensions committee, urged the increase, which has not occurred since 2009. “Today’s report makes clear what we’ve known...
    Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) received criticism over the weekend when she showed support for the rioters inside a St. Louis jail. “Inmates at the City Justice Center​ broke windows, started fires and tossed debris onto the sidewalk for hours beginning early Saturday morning after a prisoner and a guard got into a scuffle,” the New York Post reported Sunday. In a tweet posted Saturday, Bush quoted Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., writing, “‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’ – Dr. MLK Jr.” “I want to talk to my constituents in the window,” she continued. “Their lives and their rights must be protected. My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored”: “A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. MLK Jr. I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their...
    Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) has died after two weeks in the hospital with COVID-19, his office announced today. Wright was the first sitting member of Congress to die from the disease. Wright was 67 years old and had a number of comorbidities. He was sick with lung cancer and was hospitalized for complications related to that condition in September. He announced that he’d tested positive for COVID-19 on January 21st after coming into contact with someone who had the virus the week before. Over 60 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. That includes three other Texas Republican representatives: Kevin Brady, Louie Gohmert, and Kay Granger. A number of lawmakers contracted the disease after the riots at the Capitol on January 6th after they were forced to hide in small rooms for safety. Wright’s wife, Susan, was also hospitalized with the...
    The first sitting member of Congress has died from COVID-19. Rep. Ron Wright, a Republican representing the sixth district in Texas, had been hospitalized for two weeks before his death on Sunday, Feb. 6. He was 67 years old. He had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer, which was diagnosed in 2018, the same year he was elected to Congress. Wright is survived by his wife, Susan, who has also been hospitalized with COVID-19 for the last two weeks. “As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end,” Wright’s office said in a statement. “Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice.” Luke Letlow, age 41, a Louisiana Republican elected to the House last year, died...
    AMERICANS could get their $1,400 stimulus check in weeks as President Biden urged Congress to "act quickly" and pass the coronavirus relief bill. President Biden's new Covid budget plan was passed last week in the Senate in a "giant first step" to giving Americans more aid. 5Americans could get their stimulus checks in weeksCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5President Biden tweeted that he called on Congress to act quickly and pass the American Rescue Plan 5The stimulus checks are included in the President's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief packageCredit: AFP or licensors This morning, President Biden took to Twitter to tell U.S citizens that "we don't have a second to waste when it comes to delivering the American people the relief they desperately need." He added: "I'm calling on Congress to act quickly and pass the American Rescue Plan." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill would "absolutely" beat the previous...
    Texas Republican Rep. Ron Wright became the first member of Congress to die of COVID-19.  The Dallas Morning News reported his death Monday morning.  Wright had also been battling lung cancer.  'Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue,' said a statement from Wright's office.  Rep. Ron Wright has died from COVID-19, becoming the first member of Congress to pass away from the virus  'Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn,' it continued. 'As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end.'  'Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice,' the statement said. ...
    Representative Ron Wright (R-TX) has sadly passed from the effects of Covid-19. His family and spokesperson confirmed his death on Monday morning, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. “Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue,” according to a statement released by Wright’s office. “Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn. As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end. Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice.” Wright replaced Rep. Joe Barton in the Dallas area congressional district and was just re-elected last November. He had been battling cancer. Wright...
    There have been only four presidential impeachments in U.S. history. In the past year, Americans have lived through half of them. The second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is set to start Tuesday, and it will be unlike anything in the nation's slim history of presidential punishments. Mr. Trump is the first president to face a Senate trial after leaving office, and the first president (or federal officeholder in any position) to be impeached twice.  Before Mr. Trump, only two presidents had been impeached — Andrew Johnson in 1868, and Bill Clinton in 1998. Neither was convicted. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 after articles of impeachment were drafted, but before the House could vote on them. The Constitution says presidents and other federal officials can be impeached for "Treason, Bribery and other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." No president has faced impeachment articles for treason or bribery; all...
    By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Less than five weeks after the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol that sparked former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, the complex is a fortress. An 8-foot (2.5-meter) tall fence encircles the U.S. government's traditionally open heart topped with barbed wire. Thousands of National Guard troops patrol the halls and a gilded portion of one staircase is bandaged over. Trump on Tuesday faces a U.S. Senate impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection following a Jan. 6 speech, two weeks before leaving office, to thousands of supporters urging they "fight like hell" against his election defeat. Hundreds stormed the Capitol, fighting police and sending lawmakers running for safety. Five people died, one a police officer. After that, the heavy security measures were put in place. The U.S. Homeland Security Department warned the country could for weeks face a heightened threat of attacks...
    AMERICANS who earn more than $50,000 could still be eligible to receive the proposed $1,400 stimulus checks with the income cutoff yet-to-be determined. The White House has said it is open to negotiation on who should be eligible to receive the coronavirus relief package payments but has declined to specify what the salary cap should be. 3Joe Biden said his administration remains committed to $1,400 stimulus checks as part of its $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.Credit: AFP or licensors 3That amount, when coupled with the $600 payments approved in December, would bring the total of recent relief to $2,000Credit: Getty Images - Getty Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that Americans earning $60,000 a year should be eligible for the full amount of direct payments. That amount is roughly $10,000 more than a figure being discussed by Republicans and conservative Democrats who are pushing...
    Last week, two Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives were hit with fines for allegedly dodging metal detectors put into place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-SC), who reportedly has dodged the detectors herself going to and from the House chamber on Capitol Hill. During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution” on Sunday, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) called those detectors “unconstitutional” and blasted Pelosi as “typical politics in D.C.” for not adhering to her own rules. “Do as I say, not as I do: Typical politics in D.C.,” Mace said. “And I mean, as a matter of, you know, clarity here, there’s nothing constitutionally that can prohibit a seated member of Congress from entering the chamber of Congress to take a vote, and so what we’re doing here is totally unconstitutional and she won’t even live by her own rules. It’s not surprising, I guess,...