The Lead: Historic Day in D.C.
Congress is still trying to come to an agreement on the next stimulus package, but they also have an impeachment hitting the Senate floor today.
House Democrats expect to vote on the stimulus package in the next two weeks. They are arguing with Republicans about the $1,400 direct checks and the $15 minimum wage. Democrats want it. Republicans don’t.
There is also talk of lowering the eligibility for those $1,400 checks from $75,000 per year in income to $50,000 per year. This would leave out a lot of people who are struggling and could use that money.
Democrats have also found some money for the transportation industry to the tune of $50 billion for airlines, railways, and aviation manufacturers. This is in addition to the money already marked for this industry in the Covid relief bill.
While all of this legislation is going on, the Senate opens the floor for impeachment trials of former President Trump today. His lawyers filed their opening case on Monday, and his defense revolves around arguing that it is illegal to impeach a former President. They also say that the former President did not actually call for violence when he urged his supporters to “fight” to overturn the election. They call the impeachment trials “political theater.”
Former President Trump will also have to defend himself in Georgia, where the Secretary of State says it has launched an investigation into whether the former President violated election laws when he urged state officials to overturn the election results.