This week, USA TODAY Politics focuses on the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, his remaining Cupboard picks and the ultimate week of the present Congress.
Dates to observe:
- Jan. 3: New Congress is sworn in.
- Jan. 5: Senate runoff election in Georgia.
- Jan. 6: Congress will depend and certify the electoral leads to a joint session.
- Jan. 20: Inauguration of Biden, who will take the oath of workplace.
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All eyes are the U.S. Senate after the Home handed two contentious measures that power Republicans right into a troublesome place, together with whether or not to again President Donald Trump’s name to extend stimulus checks for Individuals to $2,000 regardless of long-held objections to elevated authorities spending.
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked fast approval of accelerating the one-time funds from $600 to $2,000 Tuesday after a unanimous consent request Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
As an alternative, the GOP chief outlined three priorities the president demanded Congress study, linking the elevated stimulus funds with Trump’s calls to repeal Part 230 that permits massive tech firms authorized immunity and an examination of election integrity after Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud after his defeat.
McConnell didn’t define any timeline for when or if the chamber may take up elevated stimulus funds or Trump’s different calls for. The Home on Monday handed a measure that raised the funds to $2,000 with bipartisan assist. Forty-four Home Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure as 130 rejected it.
— Christal Hayes
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, obtained the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at United Medical Middle in southeast Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning.
The couple obtained their first doses of the vaccine a little bit over per week after President-elect Joe Biden was vaccinated.
“That was simple! I barely felt it,” Harris exclaimed after being injected. The vice president-elect thanked the workers of United Medical Middle for serving “a neighborhood that’s typically neglected.” Harris later mentioned she selected to be vaccinated in Southeast D.C., a majority-Black space of town, to encourage “belief within the vaccine, within the individuals who work in your neighborhood on daily basis.”
The vaccine was administered nurse Patricia Cummings, the daughter of two Guyanese immigrants to the U.S.
“I need to encourage everybody to get the vaccine,” Harris mentioned. “It’s comparatively painless and efficient.”
Harris obtained the vaccine because the Trump administration’s rollout of vaccines throughout the nation has lagged projections. Biden has pledged to make 100 million vaccines out there in his first 100 days in workplace.
The incoming executives additionally obtained the vaccine amid a debate over whether or not public officers who have been vaccinated have been modeling good habits or “chopping the road” forward of teams who extra wanted the vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci had urged Biden and Harris to obtain the vaccine for “safety causes.”
“That is about saving lives. I belief the science, and it’s the scientists who created and authorised this vaccine,” Harris emphasised. “That is about saving your life, the lifetime of your loved ones members and of your neighborhood.”
— Matthew Brown
President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning attacking fellow Republicans because the GOP-run Senate prepares to rebuke him over COVID-19 reduction checks to Individuals, the protection authorization invoice, and his repeated pleas to overturn his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden.
“Our leaders (not me, in fact!) are pathetic,” Trump mentioned throughout an offended tweetstorm. “They solely know the way to lose!”
Trump, who’s spending the tip of the yr at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, seemed to be responding to information reviews that the GOP Senate will reject his requires $2,000 stimulus checks and as a substitute keep on with already authorised $600 checks.
Trump had threatened to veto a COVID stimulus invoice over the the difficulty however signed it Sunday evening whereas demanding that Congress go new laws for $2,000 checks. The Democratic-run Home did, however the Republican Senate just isn’t anticipated to observe go well with.
“$2000 for our nice folks, not $600!” Trump tweeted.
Trump additionally referred to reviews that the GOP Senate will be a part of the Home in overriding his veto of the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act. Trump had insisted that the invoice embrace ending lawsuit protections for social media firms, however many Senate Republicans don’t agree.
“A disgraceful act of cowardice and complete submission weak folks to Huge Tech,” Trump tweeted at one level. “Negotiate a greater Invoice, or get higher leaders, NOW!”
Trump additionally protested the truth that the protection invoice requires the Pentagon to vary the names of army amenities named for Accomplice generals.
Maybe above all, Trump is offended with Senate Republican leaders as a result of they won’t assist his name to overturn the election refusing to depend Biden electors in sure states.
Biden defeated Trump within the Electoral Faculty, 306 to 232, and carried the favored vote greater than 7 million.
Congress is scheduled to depend Electoral Faculty votes – and certify Biden’s win – on Jan. 6.
Throughout his Tuesday tirade, Trump tweeted: “Republican management solely needs the trail of least resistance.”
— David Jackson