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The president told House Democrats he would not back down from providing $1,400 direct payments in the coronavirus aid package, but suggests checks could be targeted, a proposal Republicans pushed.
The Senate returns for the first time since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Five committees will question nominees to lead Defense, State, Homeland Security, Treasury and the top intelligence post.
Wednesday’s count is set to highlight the bitter divide between the parties. Debate will prolong the process but not change the election outcome. Here’s what to expect and how to follow updates.
The final debate showed candidates far apart on issues like health care, climate change and criminal justice. Trump tried to focus on alleged corruption, but the pandemic remains 2020’s central issue.
Wednesday’s debate, by 2020 standards, was normal. The candidates ignored questions and defended Biden’s and Trump’s records, but it was the fly that created buzz.
Vice President Pence stressed a law and order message as protests over racism and policing continue. Republicans also worked to shore up support from suburban women and contrast visions of the future.
Melania Trump empathized with those struggling with the coronavirus, while others sidestepped the pandemic’s impact on the economy. The program disregarded old lines between official and political.
Kamala Harris used her prime-time speech to introduce herself and excoriate President Trump. Former President Barack Obama launched a rare attack on his successor. And Democrats urged people to vote.
Tuesday’s lineup featured Jill Biden, who gave personal and hopeful remarks. Other speakers Tuesday touted health care, and a remote roll call vote featured diverse voices.
The schedule change, which followed the advice of health experts, comes as talks stalled on Republicans’ push to boost funding for a small business program.
The resolution, which formalizes the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, outlines rules and procedures for the inquiry moving forward.
The vote means the administration can continue to spend billions of dollars to construct a Southwest border wall. The fight shifts to federal court, where several states sued to block the president.