Congressional debate over the pending $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill again underscores the split between Democrats and Republicans over who should receive the funds and how the money can best be used.
Representative Kathleen Rice secured the final seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, shutting out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"I'm even more optimistic now than I was last night that a bipartisan bicameral framework for a major rescue package is very close at hand," the Senate majority leader said Friday.
The objection to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) trying to pass more direct payments was expected, but it underscored the tensions surrounding more coronavirus relief as congressional leaders have yet to reach an agreement over a nearly $1 trillion package.
The president sent a warning to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP allies Friday morning.
When it comes to education, far too many of our nation's students are living without basic broadband internet connections.
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Passing another stopgap spending bill could keep the government open past a Friday night deadline while congressional leaders iron out their differences over a $900 billion package. However, resistance is expected.
Senator Josh Hawley tweeted on Thursday that direct payments to Americans would be the COVID-19 "relief working families need."
Congress will met on January 6 to count the electoral votes, with some Republicans planning to object to the president-elect's win.
Leaders are more optimistic and closer to reaching a deal than they have been in the past nine months since the CARES Act passed in March.
"I think that is misguided and I don't think it's candidly very progressive," Senator Mark Warner said about the progressive's demands for a second round of stimulus checks.
After progressives and some Republicans demanded $1,200 payments in a new relief bill, bipartisan negotiators put forward a provision to provide half that amount.
The package will be the first significant legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic since the CARES Act in March.
Mitch McConnell's warning to Republicans not to challenge Biden's Electoral College victory failed to sway Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who told Newsweek: "Every senator and every congressperson has got to make their own decision on that."
"It's clear: Dan Crenshaw is not morally fit to be a member of the House of Representatives," the progressive veterans group Common Defense said in a statement.
Congress is close to a deal on a bipartisan stimulus plan, which is almost $900 billion short of what the president offered back in the fall.
"I don't understand the hesitation," the vice president-elect told "Good Morning America." "The people are suffering."
Congressional lawmakers may be considering swapping state and local government aid for direct payments to individuals.
"This will likely get passed before we go home this weekend," Senator Steve Daines of Montana said.
Republican officials urged their colleagues not to object the ratification of the Electoral College votes next month, arguing that an objection would put GOP senators in bad light.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday that there will be no Christmas vacation for lawmakers without some sort of stimulus agreement.
Buffett urged lawmakers to "just renew the PPP and get us to the end of the tunnel."
"This is what Democrats & Republicans did in March through the CARES Act. It's what we must do today," Sanders tweeted on Tuesday.
The recognition of Biden's win—and subsequently, President Donald Trump's loss—comes one day after the Electoral College affirmed the Democrat's victory and 38 days after major news networks called the race.
Several GOP lawmakers, although recognizing Trump's loss, declined to close the door entirely on the notion that the president could somehow still use the courts to overturn an election based on baseless claims of rampant fraud.
"We cannot go home until there [are] strong unemployment benefits plus $1,200 per adult, $500 per kid for every working person and family in this country," said the senator from Vermont.
The Texas GOP lawmaker was allegedly involved in an effort to disparage the reputation and credibility of a woman who said she was sexually assaulted at a VA facility.
Steve Schmidt tweeted Saturday they could work together to defeat autocracy, despite their differences, in a fight that "will last for many years."
The president's refusal to concede to his Democratic challenger is only fracturing the Grand Old Party, acting as a test for who is most loyal to an outgoing president that will likely maintain a powerful grasp on his party vs. who is grounded in reality.