REPUBLICAN SENATOR MITT ROMNEY: "And so we've come together..." With time running out, a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $908 billion dollar COVID-19 relief bill aimed at breaking a months-long deadlock between Democrats and Republicans over new emergency assistance as coronavirus cases surge in the U.S. SENATOR MITT ROMNEY: "I happen to be a deficit hawk, I don't like borrowing money.
I don't like spending money we don't have, but the only time to borrow money is in time of crisis and this is a crisis, we want to help people at this particular time." The bipartisan proposal - which would help small businesses, unemployed people, airlines and other industries during the pandemic - would provide emergency aid through March 31.
It includes $228 billion dollars in additional Paycheck Protection Program funds for hotels, restaurants and other small businesses and state and local governments will receive direct aid under the proposal.
U.S. airlines would also receive $17 billion dollars for four months of payroll support and the measure also includes provisions that Republicans have been pressing for, including new liability protections for businesses and schools grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.
It would also provide $300 dollars a week in federal unemployment benefits for four months which is less than the $600 dollars a week that Democrats wanted.
With lawmakers scheduled to leave for the year as early as next week, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Senator Mark Warner urged their colleagues to act: SENATOR LISA MURKOWSKI: "This is emergency relief…We know we have more to do, we cannot leave, we cannot abandon the American people, the families who are suffering at this time and waiting and begging for congress to act." SENATOR MARK WARNER: "Somebody used it and I borrowed the term, it would be stupidity on steroids if Congress left for Christmas without doing an interim package as a bridge." The proposal, however, has not yet been embraced by the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
But McConnell on Tuesday said the U.S. Congress should include a fresh wave of coronavirus stimulus in a must-pass $1.4 trillion spending bill aimed at heading off a government shutdown in the midst of a pandemic.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized the House impeachment efforts on Wednesday. Graham appeared to shade Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, says Business Insider. "It is a rushed process that, over time, will become a threat to future presidents," Graham said. He continued with, "As to Senate leadership, I fear they are making the problem worse, not better." Graham broke from Trump and firmly acknowledged that Biden won the 2020 race.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 232-197 to make Donald Trump the first U.S. president ever to be impeached twice, formally charging him with inciting an insurrection just a week after a violent mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to urge Vice President Mike Pence to start the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment process of removing President Donald Trump from office, although the vice president already has said he will not do so. Gloria Tso reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told associates that he thinks President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses when he incited a deadly mob to attack the US Capitol last week and that he’s “pleased” Democrats are working to impeach the President, The New York Times reported.
Samuel Corum/Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said that Congress members could face prosecution should an investigation show that they were accomplices in the Capitol riots. "If they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecution for that," Pelosi said during a news conference. Pelosi also pointed out one rioter captured on camera in a "Camp Auschwitz" sweatshirt, describing him as a "punk.
During her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that if it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to the insurrection at the the Capitol last week, actions may need to be taken beyond Congress.
President Donald Trump released a video on Twitter on Wednesday evening where he did not mention impeachment, at the same time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was signing the article of impeachment against him that her chamber passed earlier in the day. Gloria Tso reports.
On Sunday, Sen. Mitt Romney publicly criticized President Donald Trump's continued efforts to undermine and delegitimize the 2020 election. Romney said there were many things Trump could be doing, like heralding the success of the COVID vaccine. Romney is dismayed that Trump has chosen to focus on overturning the election. "It's really sad and in a lot of respects embarrassing," he said. Romney said Trump is leaving Washington "with a whole series of conspiracy theories.
Vice President Mike Pence was closer than initially known to the violent mob at the US Capitol, according to new reporting from the Washington Post. New video from that day shows an alternate angle of rioters chasing Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman as he led them away from the Senate chambers. CNN’s Evan Perez reports.
Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has been impeached for a second time, the Senate will hold a very different trial than the last one as it enters uncharted territory to consider whether to bar him from future office. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
Federal prosecutors offered an ominous new assessment of last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday, saying in a court filing that rioters intended “to capture and assassinate elected officials.” This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
When WNBA player Elizabeth Williams and her Atlanta Dream teammates decided to support Reverend Raphael Warnock in his race for the U.S. Senate, little did they know that their actions may have altered the entire American political spectrum for generations to come.
Donald Trump just became the first president to ever be impeached by the House of Representatives two times. What comes next? In the latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza answers your most pressing questions.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s last days in the White House have been marked by rage and turmoil, multiple sources said. No one in Trump’s orbit could convince him to explicitly acknowledge election defeat and use his remaining weeks in office to hold events to tout accomplishments that he and his aides are proud of. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan during video conferencing with Health Ministers of all states and UTs acknowledged contribution of volunteers for enrolling in clinical trials to make research of scientists successful. "We received success to an extent in our fight against COVID19, in one year. Data in last 3-4 months, our recovery and fatality rate indicate that we were gradually heading towards victory against COVID. To further speed this up, our scientists developed 2 indigenous vaccines with the support of our scientists, doctors, researchers, vaccine manufacturing industry and citizens of India who volunteered for clinical trials to make research of scientists successful," said Dr Harsh Vardhan in Delhi.
At least 1,65,714 healthcare beneficiaries received COVID-19 jab on Saturday across India, marking it as a historic and biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. About 16,755 total vaccinators involved across India during the COVID vaccination drive. There was no post adverse event reported after the vaccination was administered to the people. "Total vaccinators involved across India were 16,755. Total beneficiaries vaccinated across India--1,65,714. COVID19 vaccination drive was successful on Day 1. No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far," said Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry. "The Serum Institute of India (SII) produced COVISHIELD was supplied to all States and Union Territories (UT). Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN was supplied to 12 States. Total 3,351 sessions were held across the country with both the vaccines, said Health Ministry on COVID19 vaccine roll-out," he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on January 16 said that COVID vaccination drive began with a positive note, and he expects more people to line up to get inoculated in coming days. "After seeing the results of COVID-19 vaccination today, many more people will turn up to get inoculated. We will export the vaccines to other countries also as India believes in 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the world is one family)," the Defence Minister said in Lucknow.
[NFA] Federal agents arrested two more Capitol Hill rioters whose images had gone viral, one who carried off the House Speaker's lectern and another who wore horns and a fur pelt. Colette Luke has more.
The unprecedented cyber attack on U.S. government agencies reported this month may have started earlier than last spring as previously believed, a U.S. senator involved in cybersecurity said on Wednesday (December 30). Flora Bradley-Watson reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has vetoed the $740-billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2021 – setting up what could be the first veto override of his presidency. Gavino Garay reports.
US Senator Mark Warner participated in the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. He slammed Trump’s refusal to concede and said that the issue has tarnished US’ image globally. He also spoke about how India-US ties are likely to change under the Biden administration. He also made a strong pitch for countering China’s ‘authoritarian capitalism’ model and called for like minded democracies to collaborate. Senator Warner also spoke on issues like Kashmir, CAA and terrorism emanating out of Pakistan. Watch the full video for all the details.
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