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Day 44

1/ The Senate voted to open debate on Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The vote was 51 to 50, with Harris breaking the 50-to-50 tie. As soon as the Senate voted to proceed to the bill, Sen. Ron Johnson forced the clerk to read all 628 pages of the bill, which will take hours. Republicans can use up to 20 hours of debate time, and then force an unlimited number of amendment votes. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed Johnson’s effort to delay, saying the tactic “will accomplish little more than a few sore throats for the Senate clerks […] No matter how long it takes, the Senate is going to stay in session to finish the bill this week.” Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, has promised that the House will pass the Senate’s version of the bill, despite the limited eligibility for $1,400 relief checks and excluded $15 minimum wage increase. (Politico / NPR / Washington Post / Bloomberg)

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Trump appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot

Federico Klein, a former State Department aide, was picked up Thursday on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 takeover of Congress.


Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters


Sen Murkowski, who previewed this cabinet pick, Deb Haaland and supports the Sec of Interior nominee and sends her onto the Senate for a full vote.

For weeks, Murkowski felt tugged by both history and lobbying from the oil and gas industry.

“So, I have really struggled through this one,” Murkowski said in a six-minute statement. “How to reconcile a historic nomination with my concerns about an individual’s and an administration’s conception of what Alaska’s future should be.”

Murkowski said that Alaskans were extraordinarily proud of Haaland but that they were also concerned about her “opposition to resource development on public lands, including her opposition to key projects in Alaska and her questioning of the vital role that Alaska Native Corporations serve in our communities.


While there’s no evidence Rep. Eric Swalwell knew Fang Fang was a Chinese spy & he cut ties with her when the FBI alerted him, Trump took known Russian spies into the White House.

Why’s this matter? Swalwell’s suing Donnie for Jan 6, prompting MAGA whataboutism.


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