President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win early Saturday (February 27) as the House passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
Democrats, however, faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage.
Democrats, who control the chamber, passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party-line vote of 219 to 212 and sent it on to the Senate, where Democrats planned a legislative maneuver to allow them to pass it without the support of Republicans.
"More than a year ago, into this pandemic, an economic crisis, the American people need to know that their government is there for them.
And as President Biden has said, help is on the way." The American Rescue Plan would pay for vaccines and medical supplies and send a new round of emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and state and local governments.
Republicans, who have broadly backed previous COVID-19 spending, said much of the current package was not necessary.
They said only 9% of the total would go directly toward fighting the virus.
Democrats aim to get the bill to the President to sign into law before mid-March, when a number of benefits are set to expire.
Walter Mondale, a leading liberal Democratic voice of the late 20th century who was U.S. vice president under Jimmy Carter and lost in a landslide to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election, died on Monday at age 93, his family said. Gloria Tso reports.
The key facts behind the day's headlines on April 21 as US president Joe Biden said the entire country must confront hatred following ex-police officer Derek Chauvin's conviction for the killing of George Floyd.
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Apple announced a line of slim iMac computers and iPads with higher-quality video that use its own processors, as it speeds its migration away from Intel and caters to a work-from-home world. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Nepal and India have agreed to carry out a joint study on construction activities underway in and around the Mahakali River in Darchula district, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali announced on Monday. Responding to the questions raised by lawmakers in Parliament, Minister Gyawali informed the meeting that both nations have formed a team to conduct the study and it will be deployed at the site on April 12. As per Gyawali, the Government of Nepal earlier also had sent a team led by the Chief Survey Officer of Darchula district to make a field study of the security wall being constructed by India on its side of Mahakali River on January 6 amid reports of encroachment. Gyawali informed the meeting that border experts from both countries are making the field study as per recommendations made by the team that it would be appropriate to find the exact measurement of the wall with the help of survey officials of both the countries and raise this issue with relevant Indian authorities. Addressing the meeting of the House of Representatives, lawmaker Badu claimed that around 25 hectares of Nepali land had turned into the riverbank on the Indian side of the border.
“The widening Matt Gaetz scandal is proving John Boehner right,” Brian Stelter says, quoting from the former House speaker’s new book. Boehner “saw the danger in lifting up right-wing MAGA media stars as the faces and the futures of the party.” Stelter also notes that Fox News had propped up Gaetz but has barely covered the recent allegations.
Former Republican President George W. Bush says that immigration is an easy issue to scare voters about and describes the current GOP as isolationist and “to a certain point, nativist” in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show.
Apple will bring social media app Parler, favored by U.S conservatives, back to its App Store after the iPhone maker pulled it following the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, according to a letter sent to two Republican lawmakers. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.
President Joe Biden has lashed out against gun violence in the US after the country's latest mass shooting, in Indianapolis.Mr Biden called gun violence "a national embarrassment" and called on the Senate to pass a bill tightening background checks for gun sales and transfers.
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[NFA] A motorist rammed a vehicle into U.S. Capitol police on Friday and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to lock down in an attack that police said did not immediately appear to be terrorism-related. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
[NFA] President Joe Biden on Thursday faced the prospect of all-out political war with Republicans over his $2 trillion blueprint to revitalize America's infrastructure. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
The White House said President Joe Biden will set a new, increased refugee cap in May after facing a barrage of criticism when officials confirmed to CNN and other outlets that it would remain at the..