Last Week in American Politics: February 9, 2021

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George Scully, Staff Writer

Republican Party Drama

Last week in America, political parties clashed as republicans fought each other and the new stimulus package. To start out the week, Republican senators met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday to make a counter-proposal to his 1.9 trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package. Republicans also fought amongst each other as Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, denounced Representative Marjorie Greene (R-GA) for her extremist views and supporting various controversial conspiracy theories, while he praised Liz Cheney for her “deep convictions and courage.” He went on record earlier in the week with a statement to CNN that condemned Greene’s views, calling them a “Cancer for the Republican party.” On Wednesday, the party met to discuss the future of the two members. 

The Biden Administration 

In other news, the Biden administration has been very active in its first week, signing several executive orders, as well as reversing the former admiration’s policies. To start out the week, Biden asked the Supreme Court to cancel the oral arguments for appeals filed by the Trump administration over funding for the border wall and the “Remain in Mexico” asylum policies. Next up, the administration sent one million coronavirus vaccine doses to pharmacies across the country. Later in the week, the Biden administration ended support for Saudi-led attacks in Yemen, demonstrating a desire to distance itself from Saudi leaders who have received international criticism for humanitarian violations. In all of this action, it seems the majority of Americans are supportive of Biden. An AP-NORC poll found that 61% of Americans approve of the job Biden has done so far. 

Congress

Congress also saw a busy week. The Senate got ready for the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump, with both parties planning to lay out their arguments on Tuesday, February 9th. Earlier in the week, the Senate also reached a new organized deal regarding the Democratically-controlled Senate and voted 51-50 with President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote to allow President Biden’s coronavirus relief package to be brought to the floor through the budget reconciliation process. In the House, Marjorie Greene was removed from several of her committees due to her support of controversial conspiracy theories. 

 

Next week, I’ll be covering headlines from the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the continued battle over coronavirus relief legislation, and the unexpected storylines that will surely pop up.