Senate Democratic leader Schumer said on Friday that Speaker Pelosi has informed him that the article of impeachment against President Trump will be delivered to the Senate on Monday. Schumer has been discussing how to organize the Senate and special rules for the upcoming impeachment trial with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. No agreement has been reached yet.
President Joe Biden’s executive order on preventing/combating gender discrimination has triggered outrage among sections of Americans. They said it would make a must for schools to allow transgender females to compete in girls’ sports where trans female athletes have physical advantages. However, LGBTQ groups have welcomed it. They say children shouldn’t worry if they can compete in sports or not.
A Maryland congressman was reportedly prevented from entering the House chamber on Thursday with a firearm. The firearm, GOP Rep. Andy Harris carried, set off the newly installed metal detectors. House members are allowed to carry firearms on Capitol grounds, but are barred from entering the floor while armed. Metal detectors were installed recently in wake of the Capitol riot.
Federal authorities are using digital surveillance to identify and apprehend protestors who illegally entered restricted areas, caused property damage, or engaged in violence during the Capitol Hill riot on January 6,2021. The FBI has requested and received location data and account activity information from multiple tech companies to help identify those who entered Capitol Hill.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was directed by President Joe Biden to release guidance to employers on protecting workers from COVID-19. President Biden signed an executive order to this effect, and it requires OSHA to release guidance within two weeks to employers on workplace safety during the pandemic and to evaluate whether any emergency temporary standards are needed.
President Biden marked the 48th anniversary of the landmark ruling establishing the right to an abortion by reaffirming his support for enshrining abortion rights in federal law. ’The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe,’ the White House said in a statement.
Due to GOP senators Ted Cruz’s and Josh Hawley’s efforts to overturn the presidential election results, democratic senators have filed a formal complaint urging the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate their actions. The complaint and call for investigation emerged approximately two weeks after the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, spurred on by the belief that the election was fraudulent.
Sen. Graham on Wednesday warned fellow Republicans that if they try to ’erase Donald Trump from the party, you’re going to get erased.’ Graham added that he hoped Trump does not form an alternative party, adding that he would like to see him ’stay the leader of the Republican Party.’ ’I hope President Trump understands that his legacy and his best future lies with the Republican Party,’ he said.
The construction of the border wall along the Mexico border will be paused by the Defense Department as it reviews President Joe Biden’s executive order calling for construction to grind to a halt. The Army Corps of Engineers ’will take the appropriate actions in accordance with the (executive order),’ a spokesperson said. Activity may still continue at sites over the next few days.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said the impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump was a ’priority’ and expected the House to send the article of impeachment to the Senate in ’a day or two.’ Durbin’s comments come after President Joe Biden exhorted the Senate to ’deal with their constitutional responsibilities on impeachment’ while minding ’other urgent business of this nation.’
Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, has provided no timeline for when Former-President Trump’s impeachment article will be sent. Trials will begin soon after her submission, causing Republicans to be uneasy with her providing no submission date. Senate Minority Leader McConnell has urged Pelosi to give Mr. Trump two weeks to prepare an adequate defense.
In his first speech as president of the US, Joe Biden hailed the triumph of democracy despite facing challenges. He said, ’Democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.’ He also called upon Americans to unite. Urging Americans to unite, he said, ’We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue.’ He also used the word ’unity’ eight times.
When Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in as the vice president of the US Wednesday, she entered the history books with three firsts. Born in Oakland, California, Harris, 56, became the first woman vice president in the country, the first black person and the first South Asian to hold the post. Harris is the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, and is a first-generation American.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive actions. He signed three orders in the presence of reporters, implementing a mask mandate on fed property, increasing support for underserved communities and rejoining the Paris climate accord. Biden rescinded the so-called ’Muslim ban’, an order Trump signed in 2017. He also called for a re-engagement with the WHO.
In her first briefing as White House press secretary, Jen Psaki pledged to bring ’truth and transparency’ back to the briefing room. Psaki said the Biden administration would fix the relationship between media and the White House that was strained during Trump’s time. She said there would be disagreements, but asserted that the presidency and media must provide accurate information to Americans.
President Biden said Wednesday that former President Trump left him a ’very generous letter’ in the White House. Biden, speaking from the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, said he would not immediately reveal the contents of the letter out of respect for Trump. ’Because it was private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him, but it was generous,’ he said.
Democrats have officially taken charge of the Senate Wednesday. Chuck Schumer became majority leader, following the swearing in of Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla of California by VP Harris. The Senate’s even split also means that Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will need to finalize a power-sharing agreement.
President Joe Biden, in his first tweet as president of the US from the @POTUS account said that there was no time to waste ’when it comes to tackling the crises we face.’ The President further said that he would be heading to the Oval Office ’to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.’ Biden will reportedly sign 17 executive orders on his first day.
The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence, making her the first of President Biden’s Cabinet nominees to be confirmed. Haines was approved by a bipartisan vote of 84 to 10. ’Avril Haines was the right choice for Director of National Intelligence. We appreciate the bipartisan cooperation to get her confirmed tonight,’ Majority Leader Schumer said.
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 17 orders and actions just hours after being sworn in as President. These are expected to break from Trump policies and set new paths on immigration, the environment, fighting COVID-19 and the economy. Biden is also expected to end Trump’s ban on visitors from several majority-Muslim countries and halt construction of the US-Mexico border wall.