A sharply divided U.S. Senate will begin a contentious debate on Friday on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill that is President Joe Biden 's first major legislative initiative, with Democrats pressing ahead without any Republican support. The Senate voted on Thursday to take up the bill in a party-line 51-50 vote, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie. But Republicans delayed the start of the debate by forcing the hours-long reading of the full text of the 628-page measure. The Senate is expected to debate the bill three hours on Friday before considering a multitude of amendments, which could require a marathon voting session, before taking a vote on final passage in a process that could extend into the weekend. Republicans are expected to use procedural maneuvers to slow the process. If the Senate approves the bill, it will have to be sent back to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for final passage. Democrats hope Biden can … [Read more...] about Debate to begin in US Senate on Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a handful of statewide mask mandates have been lifted, including most recently in Texas and Mississippi. Here we look at the states that have rescinded their mask mandates so far. Texas Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the statewide mask mandate under a new executive order that comes into effect on Wednesday, March 10. However, businesses are allowed to maintain COVID-19 safety protocols , including a mask requirement, "at their own discretion," the governor's office said on Tuesday. The order notes: "Nothing in this executive order precludes businesses or other establishments from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering." Several retailers in Texas, including Target, Starbucks , Best Buy and CVS, have opted to continue to require employees and customers to wear face coverings at their stores. Mississippi Mississippi also terminated its mask mandate on … [Read more...] about Which States Have Lifted Mask Mandates?
Twenty attorneys general signed a letter addressed to House and Senate leaders pleading against H.R. 1, which the Democrat-led House passed on party lines late Wednesday evening, deeming it unconstitutional as it sets what they described as “alarming mandates,” leading to the federalization of state elections. The House passed H.R. 1, of the “For the People Act of 2021,” Wednesday night, earning praise from Democrats across the board. Hours prior to its passage, 20 attorneys general, led by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R), sent a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). H.R. 1 “betrays several Constitutional deficiencies and alarming mandates that, if passed, would federalize state elections and impose burdensome costs and regulations on state and local officials,” they wrote, detailing the Elections Clause of Article I of the … [Read more...] about 20 Attorneys General Deem H.R. 1 Unconstitutional: It Sets ‘Alarming Mandates’
Donald Trump's supporters have indicated that they would vote for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis , former Vice President Mike Pence , or Texas Senator Ted Cruz in a hypothetical 2024 presidential race, according to a new GOP survey. The survey, which was conducted by GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, found that the former president was by far the top choice for 2024 with 51 percent of Republican support. But when Trump was taken out of the picture, DeSantis and Pence were tied at 22 percent as a second choice for voters. Following closely behind them was Cruz, with 19 percent of voters indicating support for the Texas Republican. "If President Trump chose not to run, it's clear his supporters are already gravitating towards VP Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz," Fabrizio told Politico. However, Fabrizio added that there is "no question at this juncture that President Trump would dominate the 2024 field with no potential challenger even breaking onto double … [Read more...] about Trump Supporters Prefer Pence, DeSantis and Cruz for 2024 Presidential Run
close Video DeSantis on keeping business and schools open despite ‘opposition by corporate media’ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discusses the Sunshine State keeping businesses and schools open despite pushback from ‘corporate media.' Former President Trump easily topped the field in the GOP presidential nomination straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), but another big winner at the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists and leaders was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Trump, as expected, easily won the straw poll of CPAC attendees, with 55% support in the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary matchup. DeSantis, who finished in second place with 21% support, was the only other Republican to reach double digits. THE 5 BIGGEST MOMENTS AT CPAC "Twenty-one percent is a pretty impressive number when you’re up against President Trump," Fox News contributor and veteran GOP consultant Karl Rove noted. … [Read more...] about DeSantis, Noem are breakout stars at CPAC, but Trump maintains grip on party