Congress juggles Trump impeachment with coronavirus aid ahead of March deadline

Congress juggles Trump impeachment with coronavirus aid ahead of March deadline


While the Senate and the nation were glued to former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, House lawmakers plowed ahead on a massive coronavirus aid spending package and minimum wage hike. They want President Biden to sign it into law before the middle of March when enhanced unemployment benefits expire.

House committees, run by Democrats, advanced the $1.9 trillion measure in pieces. Simultaneously, across the Capitol, House Democratic impeachment managers prosecuted the case against Trump, charged with inciting an insurrection that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Senate Democrats emphasized their work on the aid bill even as the party worked to convict Trump in the Senate trial.

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“It was said a few weeks ago in all the punditry and everywhere else that the impeachment trial would throw a wrench into President Biden’s early agenda,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters. “We are here today to say, ‘We are not

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