Thursday, March 04, 2021

Last week the United States House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, a massive bill that should give long-overdue and desperately-needed assistance to struggling Americans. Included in the bill was a provision to increase the federal hourly minimum wage over a four-year period to reach $15 per hour. The wage increase has been a hotly debated issue within Congress and its fate largely depended on the determination of the Senate parliamentarian on whether it qualified to be part of the Senate budget reconciliation package. In the end, and perhaps not very surprisingly, the…

Saturday, February 27, 2021

On the weekend before Last, the US Senate concluded the second impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump, who had been impeached for inciting the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. It ended as most predicted, with a majority (57) of Senators voting that Trump was guilty, but not enough to reach the 2/3 (67) threshold needed for a conviction. Seven Republicans broke ranks to join all 50 Democrats who voted Guilty. They, along with the 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted alongside House Democrats to impeach Trump after the riot…

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