Democrats in Congress are poised to approve President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Biden’s proposal would provide pandemic relief to individuals, businesses, and state and local governments.
Despite meeting with Republicans and expressing openness to further negotiation, Biden was criticized for not seeking broader congressional support. The president argued that the situation was too urgent to wait for bipartisan support
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“Biden defends passing $1.9 trillion stimulus without GOP support — ‘We don’t have to wait’”
“Democrats push forward with $1.9 trillion COVID bill, clearing Senate hurdle”
“The Senate voted to progress Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus in an all-night session where VP Harris was the tiebreaker”
“Biden sharpens attack over GOP stimulus approach as Democrats advance plan in Congress”
“EXPLAINER: How Trump’s second impeachment trial will work”
“Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in Senate”
“Trump won’t testify at his second impeachment trial”
“Both Parties Envision Short Impeachment Trial for Trump”
- Writing: Describe the role that the House and Senate play in impeachment. Why have no previous presidents been convicted and removed from office?
- Debate: Who should be eligible for the proposed $1,400 stimulus payments?
- Poll: Should former presidents still be subject to impeachment and conviction?
- Short Answer: What can the national government do, in addition to stimulus, to improve the economy?
Current events quiz:
1) What amount does President Biden propose as stimulus payment for eligible taxpayers?
2) What rule is seen by the Democrats as an impediment to passing President Biden’s stimulus plan?
a. advice and consent
b. judicial review
c. the filibuster
d. the veto
3) Who breaks the tie in the senate when the vote is 50/50?
a. the president
b. the president pro tempore
c. the majority leader
d. the vice-president
4) Bill Clinton was the last president before Donald Trump to get impeached. (T/F)
5) The House impeachment managers are responsible for trying an impeachment in the Senate. (T/F)
6) Regardless of the outcome in the impeachment trial, former President Trump will still be eligible to seek one more term in office. (T/F)
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