The House is aiming to vote Feb. 26 on President
House Majority Leader
The tight timeline reflects the urgency to approve another round of stimulus payments, jobless compensation and funding for schools and vaccines before key benefits from the last round of pandemic aid expire on March 14. In less than four weeks, Democrats are attempting to pass a bill out of the House and get all 50 Senate Democrats to back the legislation.
That will likely require amending some provisions, such as the $15 federal minimum wage requirement, that at least two Democratic Senators --
The eagerness of congressional Democrats to move past Trump was evident from start to end of the shortest Senate impeachment trial in history. The agreement on the trial format between Senate Majority Leader
After Senators voted on Saturday to allow witnesses to testify -- a surprise result that risked delaying the trial’s conclusion by several weeks -- House impeachment managers and the former president’s defense team agreed to enter a public statement into the record. That let the chamber move on to a verdict that day, acquitting Trump.
Although Democrats expressed disappointment in the outcome, they said they are ready to put the former president behind them and focus on Biden’s priorities.
“We in Congress need to move forward with delivering the expanded unemployment checks, the stimulus checks, the reinvestment in our economy that the American people so desperately need and deserve,” Senator
Biden continued pushing ahead as the trial was going on, meeting with a group of governors and mayors as well as leading chief executives including JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s
Although seven Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to find Trump guilty -- short of the 67 votes required for a conviction -- it’s unlikely that bipartisan showing will repeat itself on the economic-relief legislation.
Ten Republican lawmakers -- including Senators
These Republicans had a series of meetings with Biden and White House staff on the potential for a bipartisan stimulus approach, but despite both sides calling the meetings productive, there has been little movement to bridge the gap between Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal and the GOP plan.
House committees approved pandemic-relief legislation last week under a fast-track budget reconciliation framework, which will allow them to move the bill with simple majorities in both chambers, thanks to a tie-breaking vote from Vice President
Despite several hurdles to clear on the bill in the coming weeks, Democrats have already set their sights on their next move: an infrastructure and jobs package. Biden has already begun meeting with senators of both parties to discuss potential proposals on physical infrastructure upgrades, rural broadband internet and renewable energy investment.
In a move that could ease negotiations on an infrastructure bill, House Appropriations Chair
Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman
DeLauro plans to release details about reinstating earmarks in the coming weeks, House Appropriations spokesman Evan Hollander said. It will include more transparency and limits on the total dollar amounts and recipients. DeFazio plans similar transparency measures.
Republicans are already mobilizing to oppose earmarks, though most efforts will be largely symbolic while they’re in the minority. Senator Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, said Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit the special funding allocations in the Senate. Each chamber sets its own rules regarding earmarks.
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