Politics

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Congress passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package
The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans. It will also aim to extend unemployment benefits, boost funding to ramp up vaccine distribution and reopen schools.
 
Michael Regan to head EPA
Regan is the first Black man to lead the agency. He worked at the EPA from 2001-08 in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
 
Migration surges at Mexico border
On average over the last 21 days, Customs and Border Protection encountered 435 unaccompanied children daily, up from a previous average of around 340 children. They are staying in facilities for 107 hours on average, longer than the 72 permitted under US law. Republicans cite that migrants are drawn by incentives such as the immigration bill backed by Biden and many Democrats that would offer a path to citizenship for millions of people illegally in the country.
 
Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package clears procedural vote
The bill’s expected approval will enable the Democratic president to sign the legislation into law later this week. The $1.9 trillion known as the “American Rescue Plan” includes direct payments to most Americans, aid to small businesses, financial help for schools and more.
 
National Guard deployment extended at Capitol
Acting Chief Yogananda D. Pittman had requested a 21 percent increase to the Capitol Police budget in fiscal 2022. National Guard troops have been in Washington since the January 6 riot at Capitol.
 
Top NY lawmakers demand Cuomo’s resignation
Cuomo has refused to step down before an investigation led by Attorney General Letitia James is complete. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins called for Cuomo's resignation.
 
LeBron James group fights voter suppression efforts
Subsequent to allegations of election fraud in 2020, Republican legislators have been forwarding bills restricting voting access. LeBron James and his organization 'More than a Vote' are releasing a new campaign called 'Protect our Power" to stop such policies.
 
Andrew Cuomo addresses sexual harassment claims against him
In his address, he also rejected demands for his resignation and vowed to stay in office. He also pleaded with people of New York to wait for the facts before forming an opinion. Maria Shriver, a journalist and ex-wife of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, questioned if an apology for alleged unwanted sexual advances was sufficient.
 
President Biden critizes states for lifting mask mandates
President Biden said lifting mask mandates was a big mistake. Meanwhile, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves reacted to President Biden's comments with a tweet, saying that "Mississippians don't need handlers." CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky, said that now is not the time to release all restrictions. He added, that next month or two is pivotal in terms of how this pandemic goes.
 
House gets ready to pass landmark voting rights
This move is one of the largest overhauls of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. The bill is seen as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country.